About a year ago, I was able to test an inexpensive compact projector from a subsidiary of Wanbo from the Xiaomi brand. But today I want to talk about the second version of the device, which is called Wanbo T2 Max.
If the appearance of the device, comparing the first and the new generation, practically did not change, then the technical component has become much cooler. Therefore, in this review you can find out the main changes that the T2 Max received in comparison with the previous generation.
In addition, I will tell you about all the pros and cons of the device, share with you the quality of the projection screen and other information. But first, let’s find out the cost and how much it has grown compared to the price tag to the first generation T2.
Now the Chinese manufacturer Wanbo is asking for a price tag for an updated version of the compact Wanbo T2 Max projector for $160. In the meantime, I want to remind you that the first generation Wanbo T2 cost about $100.
Of the technical features, I can highlight the appearance of the native Full HD resolution. Let me remind you that the first generation had only 480p of native resolution, and this was very small, as for everyday use even at home. In addition, the T2 Max received an already installed Android operating system.
Also on board the projector is already installed Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Therefore, you can easily connect your smartphone via a wireless connection and broadcast an image from the screen of your mobile device. At the same time, the maximum value of the brightness level was 250 lumens with HDR10 support and two speakers of 3 watts of power each.
From this, I can draw a small conclusion that the updated generation of the LED projector has definitely turned out to be an order of magnitude better than its predecessor. Therefore, let’s find out all the nuances and positive aspects of the device, and let’s not make hasty conclusions.
Wanbo T2 Max: Specifications
|Wanbo T2 Max:||Specs|
|Screen aspect ratio:||4:3/16:9|
|Brightness:||250 ANSI Lumens|
|Projection screen size:||40-150 inches|
|Video Formats:||1080p, 720p, AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4|
|Built-in Speaker:||Dual 3W|
|Lamp Life:||40.000 Hours|
|Size:||150 x 140 x 110 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
Compared to the previous generation of the compact Wanbo T2 projector, the new version also received a new packaging design for the better. That is, now the manufacturer Wanbo offers white cardboard packaging with various bright and colored pictures. Also here you can find the main information about the device and its main features.
In the meantime, I found a fairly standard list of components inside the package. This is the projector itself, instructions in English, a 57 W power supply, a remote control and a charging cable.
It should be noted, however, that the device was well packaged in protective foam. Thus, the projector came to me for the test intact and without any damage. Ok, I figured out the unpacking, now let’s talk about the build quality and its dimensions.
Design, build quality and materials
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, the appearance of the first and new generation of Wanbo projectors remained unchanged. That is, the device was made of white matte plastic, but on the front part around the LED lens you can find glossy black plastic.
I had no strong complaints about the quality of performance. Since all the components were perfectly assembled and during my tests the device did not emit any extraneous squeaks and noises.
As for its dimensions and weight, the new generation Wanbo T2 Max received the following dimensions – these are 150 x 140 x 110 mm and weigh about 900 grams. Exactly the same values were on the device of the first generation. This means that you can easily transport the device to an office or educational institution.
But it’s worth mentioning here that the projector does not have a built-in battery. Therefore, the T2 Max can only be used via the network. At the same time, I note that the power consumption was only 53 watts. This is very small and means that it will be a little problematic to achieve a bright picture of the projection screen. But I’ll talk about image quality a little later.
Ok, now let’s talk more about the design features of the projector. On the front of the device, you can find an LED lens with many different openings through which hot air can escape. But on the back of the projector, there are also holes through which cold air enters. Therefore, these openings should not be covered to keep your device well cooled.
In addition, on the back of the case, there are the following connections – this is a DC port for power, USB and HDMI connections, and there is also a 3.5 mm headphone jack. During my testing, every connection worked fine and I didn’t find any problems.
Meanwhile, on the side ends on the left and right sides, you can find speakers each with 3 watts of power. In practice, these speakers have shown themselves not in the best way. So I was very happy to see the presence of a headphone jack with Bluetooth connection. This means that you can easily connect separate speakers and enjoy watching movies at 100%.
On top of the body of the Wanbo T2 Max projector, I found a power button and a focus ring for the projection screen. But on the bottom of the device, you can find four rubber feet and a threaded tripod connection.
I also want to talk about the remote control. It received a standard appearance, like any technology from Xiaomi products. At the same time, the number of buttons was minimal, but all the necessary functions worked without any particular complaints. The remote control is powered by two AAA batteries, but I did not find them in the kit.
Projection picture quality and menu settings
I placed the projector at a distance of 2.65 meters from the projection screen and got a picture with a size of 90 inches. I find this to be the most optimal projection screen size. Since at this size, the picture quality was quite detailed and crisp. Yes, you can increase the screen size, but after that the brightness of the picture itself will decrease along with the details.
Okay, before talking about the rest of the projection image features, let’s go through the main settings menu. First of all, I want to note that the Wanbo T2 Max projector is controlled under the Android 6 operating system. This is not the latest version of the OS, but in practice it has shown itself not in the worst way.
At the same time, the user interface reminds me of cells, as on the global version of Android TV. In addition, here I found an application store through which it is possible to install third-party programs. In addition, out of the box, the device already supported Google services and had some useful programs such as YouTube, Chrome and others. In general, the user interface itself worked well and coped with the tasks well.
I can also highlight one interesting program – this is Wireless Display Miracast. With its help, you can broadcast the picture from your smartphone to the large screen of the projector. This function works quite well, but there is a slight delay.
The settings represent a typical menu of the Android operating system, such as on a tablet. There are sections such as Wi-Fi, but only 2.4 GHz frequency is supported. There is also a Bluetooth wireless connection. Further, from the menu settings, you can observe categories such as screen, application, storage, memory, language, security and others.
Even through the remote control, you can go to a slightly different settings menu. Here you can adjust the image modes, that is, set brightness, contrast, depth, detail and other features. There are also sound settings, auto shutdown settings and other features.
Now let’s talk about the projection screen itself. Overall, I liked the image quality a lot. Especially when it comes to color rendition. That is, the colors were realistic and vivid, so using a projector for home use would be a good choice.
But here the maximum value of the brightness level was only 250 lumens. This is not very much, as for the modern world. Therefore, it will be comfortable to use the device only in complete darkness. During daylight hours, the picture was dim. This means that this model will not be the best choice for viewing presentations.
Despite this point, I liked the detail of the projection image and its focus. That is, all the corners were clear and did not have a strong blur at the edges. You can see an example of a photo in the picture below.
Also, I liked the 60Hz refresh rate. I easily connected the game console via HDMI connection and could enjoy the big picture for a long time. At the same time, the smoothness of the work was good and the number of frames did not fly out of my test during gameplay.
The last thing I want to talk about more is the amount of noise emitted from the projector itself. During my testing, the noise from the Wanbo T2 Max was about 54 dB near the device and at a distance of 1 meter about 40 dB. In general, this is not such a noisy projector and it did not cause much discomfort to me during its use.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
The updated version of the Wanbo T2 Max projector was a big leap for me compared to the previous generation. Yes, the price tag for the device has become higher, but the technical features have grown several times. Therefore, if you are looking for a small and compact projector for home use, then the model from Wanbo is a good choice.
On the positive side, I can single out the good build quality and materials used. I also liked the compact and lightweight body, which will allow you to carry the device to any part of the house or apartment.
In addition, the device has good functionality. For example, its design has an already installed Android operating system with support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Miracast. At the same time, the quality of the projection image was at a high level, including detail, color rendition and contrast.
But there are also disadvantages, and I can attribute to them – this is not the highest value of the brightness of the projection image. Also, I would like to get a built-in battery for the autonomous operation of the device. And of course, the sound quality wants to be a little better.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
At the time of this writing, the price tag for the Wanbo T2 Max projector was quite humane, as for Full HD native resolution. That is, you can currently purchase the device for only $158.79 with a 21% discount.
Considering its purpose and how it copes with the tasks, I can easily recommend this projector model from the Wanbo brand for purchase.