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My review of the £299 Mega Pro Game Projector

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by TheBoingoBandit, Aug 13, 2004.

  1. TheBoingoBandit

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    The incredibly cheap Mega Pro projector has had threads about it posted on here previously.



    Just 30 minutes of actually seeing the projector mentioned in the Daily Star, I ordered one. Yes, the spec is very low, but I couldn't resist the enormous pictures for such a low price.



    Anyone interested in how I got on can read my review here...


    http://www.talkgadgets.com/gadget/a...CEDf06792D37Dc&topicID=24571&articleID=209486

    or by scrolling down this page where I cut and pasted the review.



    Anyone who is seriously interested in the buying one and would like to see photos of actual projected images from it can eMail me at johnmason@postmaster.co.uk and I'll forward them some.
     
  2. Kramer

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    John.

    I think it unfair to ask members to register on another site to see your review, especially given your thread title "My Review......". It's simply misleading.

    If you want to post your review here, you're more than welcome.

    Closing shortly.

    [Kramer - your friendly mod]
     
  3. TheBoingoBandit

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    Genuine apologies, I thought people only had to join just to post not view.










    Anyway, here's the review...





    Mega Pro Game Projector


    by TheBoingoBandit




    "Oi, stop thief!" I screamed as I chased our postman along the street, clinging to my half-eaten toast with my dressing gown blowing in the wind. Well I would have if I hadn’t first checked the contents of the parcel he’d just delivered. That recent Channel 4 documentary must have made me unduly suspicious of Royal Mail’s honesty. Especially when the delivery of my new LCD projector turned up in a tiny box that felt just like it was empty. But alas no, Postman Plod hadn’t hood-winked my new toy as there it sat in it’s box, waiting for my attention and completely oblivious to my fears.

    The Mega Pro Game Projector has one significant attraction; it’s price. At £299 or less, it’s around a third of the price you would usually pay. For similar money you could just about get a 28 or 32 inch wide-screen TV or 15 inch LCD TV from a low cost brand.

    In some cases £299 would only buy you the replacement bulb for a more expensive projector. The Mega Pro’s bulbs however cost an astonishingly low nineteen pounds. Although each bulb does only last 1000 hours before it needs changing.

    Despite it’s bargain price, the Game Projector feels reasonably well made and comes in a very lightweight, dark blue unit about the size of a Central London Yellow Pages. Included are a remote control and a connecting cable for various games consoles, hence its name. Anyone wanting to connect a digital TV box (there’s no built-in TV tuner), DVD player or video recorder can do so but will need to buy extra cables. Forget RGB scart though or anything better as the only connections available are composite and s-video.

    So how has this ultra low price been achieved? Well for a start, it has a very low resolution. Sporting a non-wide-screen LCD panel of only 480x234 pixels, that’s lower than even VHS quality meaning that this model is certainly not aimed at Audio-Video enthusiasts. It is however, directed more towards the average person in the street who might have never even seen a LCD projector working, let alone ever owned one. Think of it as a ‘My First Projector’, if you will.

    Mega Pro quotes a picture size of between 12 to 80 inches in diameter with 5 metres being the maximum projective distance. However the larger the image you project, the more noticeable the chicken wire effect (also known as ‘screen-door’) becomes. This is where the structure of the individual LCD pixels making up the image is clearly visible and is common to low resolution projectors. The effect is similar to looking closely at a photograph in a newspaper and seeing the individual dots that make up the picture. To eradicate the problem, users can manually de-focus the lens slightly. However due to the low resolution, this started to make the picture look slightly blurry and began to give me eyestrain. After some experimenting, I felt more comfortable with a sharper image despite seeing the pixel structure.

    The image produced is about as bright as a Big Brother contestant at a Mensa convention, so looks best in very low or no light situations. Suddenly the short 1000 hour bulb life doesn’t seem important, as most people aren’t going to be able to get more than a couple of hours use out of it each evening. Also, beware contrast is quite low so those expecting dark black will have to settle with dark grey instead.

    Sound is usually rather poor on projectors, especially since most people tend to use surround sound systems instead. But the Mega Pro’s sound is very decent indeed, with enough volume to drown out most small TVs and adequately fill an average room. High volume and good sound quality is more important for those on a budget since some purchasers might not yet be able to afford or even want surround sound.

    Overall the Mega Pro and it’s enormous images will come across as amazing to most of Joe Public, but expect some of your nerdier friends to criticize it’s non-perfect pictures and lack of features. Still at least it’ll give you that first step on the road to home cinema nirvana without bursting your wallet. As long as you realise its limitations when compared with much pricier models, then it makes a fine purchase. Just remember though. It really is that small and light so leave your friendly postman, sorry post-person alone. OK!



    Specification

    Power Imput: DC 12V 5A
    The Life of Light: 1000H
    Luminous Flux: 200~300IM
    Sound: <30db
    Brightness Uniformity: 75%
    S - Video Input
    Definition: 480 X 234
    Stereo Earphone Output
    Projective Dimension: 12~80inch
    Can Upright Laid
    Projective Distance: 0.6~5M
    The Image Can Overturned
    Best Projective Dimension: 48inch
    All over Remote Control =Volume / Brightness / Contrast
    Continuous Working Time: 8H / Chroma Can Digital Adjust
    NTSC/PAL System Auto Switch
    Adjustment On Screen Display
    Outlook Size: 240 X 220 X 105mm
    Net Weight: 950g


    The Mega Pro Game Projector is available from www.boysstuff.co.uk, www.specialreserve.co.uk and other suppliers for £299 or less.
     

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