In Projector Reviews, we include not only home theater, home entertainment, and work/training projectors, but also mini projectors designed to pack light. One of the most popular such models on Amazon is the Vankyo Leisure 3, which measures only 7.8 x 5.8 x 2.7 inches and weighs just 2.4 pounds.
This is the size of a small laptop and makes it easy to go wherever you need a projected image. The carry-on bag supplied with the product has room for a projector, cables and remote control and is small enough to be packed with everything else you might need. Even better, the list price is only $99.99, with a $10 savings on Amazon as of this summer.
- Supports 800 × 480 resolution, 1920 × 1080 content
- LED light
- 2400 lumens peak light output
- 2000: 1 contrast ratio
- Fills 32 to 176-inch screens
- Distance from 4.9 to 16.4 feet
- HDMI, USB, VGA, analog inputs
- Innovative cooling system with heat dissipation
- Noise suppression technology reduces fan noise by half
- Stereo speakers, 4W total audio power
- TF slot accepts Micro SD memory chips
- Compact size, approximately the same coating area as a small laptop
Overview of Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini
Vankyo Leisure 3 is a single-chip LCD projector that uses white LEDs as a lighting source. Wait, what? A single-chip LCD projector? That’s what the company told me. In my communication with Vankyo representatives, they never fully confirmed that he was using a color filter wheel, such as a single-chip DLP projector, but I told them I assumed that much, “I’m glad you found the answer on your own! “
On a single-chip DLP projector, some viewers notice a “rainbow effect” caused by the color filter wheel, instant rainbows that follow bright, moving objects in a dark background. I have no idea if a single-chip LCD design will cause the same problem, but I can’t predict why.
Most of the unable projectors have relatively high black levels, and at such a low price, there’s probably this, too. I just don’t imagine it has a dynamic iris or LED modulation used in much more expensive projectors.
At the other end of the brightness scale, Leisure 3 claims to have a peak light output of 2400 lumens, which is quite high for such a low price tag. But of course, any such manufacturer’s claim should be handled with a piece of salt, and small, low-cost projectors like this often claim wildly inflated light output figures.
As Art Feierman, editor and president of Projector Reviews, noted, “A projector with a measurable 2400 lumen typically pulls at least 220 watts (110V); this projector only attracts 50. This is typical for entry-level models. I think Vankyo Leisure 3 should be typically brilliant by class, i.e. a few hundred lumens. ” On the other hand, LEDs can be much brighter than low-cost bulbs; There’s no way to know without measuring it.
Leisure 3 also claims a contrast ratio of 2000:1, but again, there’s no way to know if that’s true without measuring it.
Leisure 3’s natural resolution is only 800 × 480, but it accepts and shrinks content up to 1080p. No wonder the product webpage says ” Not recommended for PowerPoint or office presentations”! Interestingly, the webpage contains a conceptual example of the resolution difference between 1080p and 720p, but I don’t understand what it has to do with the final result on screen with this projector.
Another feature that is frequently repeated is the range of filling screens diagonally in a wide range of sizes ranging from 32 to 170 inches, and a firing distance range of 4.9 to 16.4 feet. However, the lens does not have a zoom function, so the size of the image is completely controlled by the distance from the projector to the screen.
Leisure 3 doesn’t provide lens scrolling, but most projectors under $1,000 don’t, so it’s not surprising. It offers vertical trapezoid correction to compensate for geometric distortion caused by less than ideal placement in the vertical direction. But such a fix inevitably softens the picture, so I strongly recommend using it, especially since the natural resolution is initially quite low.
The projector features built-in stereo speakers, each with 2 watts of power. That’s not a snap problem, but any out-of-the-way docking speaker will probably sound much better. The 3.5 mm simple sound/earphone yield permits you to interface outer speakers; Even better, the projector can remotely send sound to Bluetooth speakers. Another intriguing element is “a creative cooling framework with heat scattering”.
I’ve confirmed that this is a cooling fan, so I’m not sure what’s innovative about it. In addition, the company’s product page mentions a noise suppression technology that reduces fan noise by half, but I found no details about it.
Also, I haven’t learned anything about leisure 3’s entry latency, so I have no idea if it’s suitable for gaming.
Decision for Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini
If the number of verified purchase reviews is any indication – which I think it is – Vankyo Leisure 3 is one of the most popular mini-projectors on Amazon, with more than 5000 reviews as of this post, 90% 4 or 5 star ratings. Many of the other projectors, even much better known models, often have several hundred reviews. I mean, he must be doing something right.
Its main strengths are the LED light engine, which is small in size and must last tens of thousands of hours. It also has a built-in media player and stereo speakers, and with the addition of a streaming bar you can easily turn it into a smart projector.
On the downside, the resolution is quite low and the lens does not have the ability to shift or even zoom in, so placement is not very flexible. You have a small wiggle room with trapezoid correction, but this already softens the low resolution…. Thanks, Vankyo.