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  • Specifications
    Product Weight
    3.31 pounds
    Light Source
    LED
    Resolution
    HD (720p)
    Color Brightness
    140 lumens
    White Brightness
    140 lumens
    Contrast Ratio
    500:1
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Vankyo - Leisure 470 Neo 720P Wireless Mini Projector - White

Model:L470N
SKU:6579087
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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 31 reviews

84%would recommend to a friend

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Budget projector that delivers a budget experience

    The Vankyo Leisure 470 Neo is a simple, budget-oriented projector that would be a great option for casual movie nights or camping trips but would struggle to live up to the task of being the primary way you consume media. Setup and Unboxing: To its credit, the Leisure 470 Neo is quick and easy to set up. Within minutes of unboxing, you can have the projector up and running. It includes a simple kickstand—a small screw that, while not the most elegant solution, gets the job done. The projector also comes with an HDMI cable and lens cover. My main complaint was the egregious amount of plastic packaging; each component is individually wrapped, which feels wasteful and environmentally unfriendly. The remote also did not come with batteries, which is a minor inconvenience and not always standard but worth noting. Highlights: One of the standout features of the Leisure 470 Neo is its ability to cast media from your phone. Unfortunately, it is cumbersome to connect to one's phone and playback content. On iOS, the method for doing so is straightforward but somewhat tedious. The process requires connecting via AirPlay and then screen mirroring, with one but not the other resulting in missing either audio or video respectively. This limitation means you can't use your phone for other activities while casting, which can be a significant drawback — particularly while traveling, where you may need or want to use your phone for other things while playing content. The other option is to use HDMI, which is much simpler but necessitates using the physical HDMI cable and having a device capable of HDMI output. On the plus side, I had no issues getting my laptop, PC, and Nintendo Switch to playback using the projector. The Leisure 470 Neo thankfully allows for adjustments to picture distortion and minor tweaks to picture settings. I found the default "standard" picture profile to be too dark and dull, but tweaking it was simple. The projector also remains decently visible even in a dimly lit, as opposed to completely dark, room. I was pleasantly surprised that even in one of the rooms I tested, a hallway area adjacent to a window, the streetlamps outside did not affect my viewing experience. Drawbacks: The first and foremost issue I had is that the image is fuzzy and text clarity is very poor. While trying to game, I was disappointed to find that text and dialogue were difficult to make out. With a text-heavy game, I can't see this projector being usable. The second was sound quality. I didn't expect bombastic audio, but the audio quality is suboptimal, to put it nicely. The speakers are tinny and while it's fine in a pinch, I would strongly recommend external speakers. Do mind that with Bluetooth speakers, there is usually a few milliseconds of delay. The remote control, while handy, would have been best supplemented by an app since the device would be difficult to operate if it were to get misplaced or left behind. Considering that the Leisure 470 Neo would make for an excellent traveling companion, it's a shame that this was not taken into consideration. An app might also help with navigating the hassle of casting from a phone. Another issue is heat and noise. The fans kick in upon powering on and remain on until the projector is turned off, but even so, within ten minutes of playing back content, the projector was noticeably warm to the touch. This raises concerns about its long-term durability for me. The power brick is also chunky and awkward. In the photo attached, you can see that it is massive, taking up quite a few outlets on a power strip. This would present a problem if you were to, say, use this in a hotel room with limited outlets. Having a proprietary power cable also means that if you were to happen to lose or forget to bring it, you would be out of luck. I would have liked to see USB-C power delivery. Final Thoughts: Despite its limitations, the Vankyo Leisure 470 Neo offers a nostalgia that could enhance the charm of any movie night. Although it does feel a bit cheap and the image quality isn't great by any means, it would be a fantastic fit for trips and I can see it being a hit at a children's sleepover or amongst students wanting a cheap way to watch TV in their dorm room. Its name reflects its optimal use case well: it is best suited for leisure, not primary use. Unfortunately, because of its clunky phone-casting capabilities, I can't see it being the absolute best solution for watching content on the go. TL;DR: -Image quality is just okay and certainly not suited for text-heavy applications. Decent for gaming as well if the game is more cinematic and visuals-focused -Speakers are, put bluntly, bad. Use external ones for the best experience -Offers a cozy nostalgic vibe, great for a movie night or even a date night -Should travel fairly well, but keep in mind the large power brick size, and don't forget the remote or you won't be able to adjust the lens focus -Connecting to phone is doable, but a hassle. I would recommend using HDMI if you need to use your phone at all while watching content. On the upside, being able to screen mirror means you can also mobile game on this projector.

    Posted by R Tanaka

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Big Picture, Small Price Tag

    The Vankyo Leisure 470 Neo is an affordable, 720p HD home projector that holds up surprisingly well for what it is. If you’re looking for a simple projector to have a family movie night with the kids, or aren’t looking to drop a small fortune on a projector that you may not get the full value of, this little projector may be the option for you. Pros: • The Leisure 470 is a fairly small, and very lightweight. It comes in at about 5.5” length x 7” width x 3.5” height. I haven’t weighed it on a scale, but given it’s made primarily of plastic it is undoubtedly light weight. Given its compact size, I was able to pack it away with me in a suitcase for a short weekend trip. • The user interface is somewhat simple and doesn’t give you a lot of extra options to completely mess up the picture quality, which is great if this will be used by kids. On the left-hand side of the home screen, once the projector boots up, you’ll have your input selections for HDMI or AV inputs, and in the middle of the home screen you’ll have your Apple Air Play and Android Miracast options to cast from your phone, tablet, or computer. In the settings you can adjust the picture’s “trapezoidal” alignment which helps if your projector is angled up towards your screen or wall. • Focusing and fine tuning the picture is also straightforward, with two focus buttons on the remote that adjust the projector’s lenses one increment at a time. • The projector’s fan noise is not too loud. It’s there, but if you’re using an external speaker to bump up the volume, you aren’t going to notice it and you really can’t avoid it in most projectors. • The built-in speaker is better than expected. If you want to keep the setup pretty simple, you can definitely use the built in speaker. It gets reasonably loud, and it sounds almost like any other cheap TV’s built-in speakers. • While only boasting a max resolution of 720p HD, the picture quality looks surprisingly crisp. Plus there’s something about watching it on a projected image that makes it feel like you’re in a theater setting and picture quality kind of falls to a secondary concern. Again, for $130 you’re getting excellent picture quality. I watched a bunch of re-runs of USA’s White Collar and tons of Youtube on this unit on my short trip, and it looked solid all around. Cons: • You will definitely need a dark room. Maybe not a completely pitch black room, but close. Keep in mind that even a little bit of ambient light will start degrading your picture quality. • This projector does not have a built-in battery for ultimate portability, but for that type of feature you’d generally need to spend at least 3x as much as this unit costs. I personally wish the power cord were a little longer to account for this, but I’ve made do with an extension cord. • While this projector does support Apple’s Airplay and Miracast for Android, I would not recommend using these options. Instead of casting the video in a way that lets you lock your phone or tablet, you have to essentially screen mirror your phone or tablet to the projector. What that means is that everything you do on your phone, tablet, or computer is casted to the projector, and locking the screen means that your video is stopped. It may be okay for some if you’re planning on casting from a computer than can stay plugged in, but you’ll still have two screens playing the same content between your computer and the projector. • While you can connect a bluetooth speaker for wireless audio, I found that there was a noticeable delay where the video’s sound would be off by 1-2 seconds using this method. I’d recommend just plugging in a speaker with an Aux cord and the headphone jack on the projector, or, buy a Chromecast and connect a bluetooth speaker to it directly. • There are other projectors that have an auto-focus feature. This unit, given it’s price, does not. Its not a dealbreaker, but if you don’t have patience to fiddle with it for a few minutes, you may consider going with another unit. • There is some aliasing, or jagged edges, that you can see on some images after adjusting the image “trapezoidal” parameters. It wasn’t terrible with my setup, but I can imagine it could be bothersome to some folks. Overall, this is a great portable projector that wont break the bank. It’s easy to use, and while it doesn’t have all of the latest and greatest features, it’s hard to look at the price of this unit and feel like you’re not getting what you’re paying for.

    Posted by CactusMan

  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great beginning projector @ the right price!

    The Vankyo Leisure 470 NEO is a compact, budget-friendly projector that aims to bring the big-screen experience to your home without breaking the bank. As a tech enthusiast, I appreciate the strides Vankyo has made in delivering a portable, user-friendly projector with a reasonable price tag. However, this device is not without its drawbacks. Starting with the positives, the Vankyo Leisure 470 NEO offers impressive brightness for its category. The 120 ANSI lumens provide a decent viewing experience in dimly lit rooms, making it suitable for movie nights or casual gaming sessions. The resolutions is 720p, which, while not Full HD, still delivers a clear and crisp image on screens up to 250 inches. This is commendable for a projector at this price point. The inclusion of dual speakers is another highlight, providing decent audio quality without the immediat need for external speakers, although audiophiles might still prefer a separate sound system. The device is also commendable for its ease of use. Setup is straightforward, with intuitive controls and a user-friendly interface. It supports multiple connectivity options including HDMI, USB, and VGA, which is quite versatile. The ability to mirror your smartphone screen through Wi-Fi is a convenient feature, especially for streaming apps and presentations. However, the Vankyo Leisure 470 NEO is not without its shortcomings. The most notable issue is its performance in brightly lit environments. Despite its respectable brightness, the picture quality significantly diminishes in well-lit rooms, which limits its usability to darker settings. Another downside is the fan noise, which can be distracting during quieter scenes in movies or presentations. While it's not overwhelmingly loud, it's noticeable enough to detract from the overall viewing experience. The color accuracy and contrast levels, while adequate for casual viewing, fall short for those who demand higher fidelity. Blacks tend to appear more grayish, and colors lack the vividness found in higher-end projectors. This might be a deal-breaker for videophiles or anyone looking for a projector with superior color performance. Additionally, the lack of a built-in battery means the projector needs to be plugged in at all times, reducing its portability compared to some other models on the market. This could be a limiting factor for users looking to use it in outdoor settings without convenient access to power. Overall, the Vankyo Leisure 470 NEO is a solid entry-level projector that offers good value for its price. It excels in ease of use and offers decent image quality for its resolution and brightness levels. However, it does have limitations that might make it less appealing to more discerning users. Taking into account its performance, ease of use, and the noted shortcomings, I would rate the Vankyo Leisure 470 NEO at 3.5 stars out of 5. It’s a capable device for casual users or those new to projectors, but it falls short of delivering a premium viewing experience.

    Posted by Discount Computer Service

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