DBPOWER T20 Review
Budget projectors have always got one problem and that’s the video quality. What’s the point of having a big screen if everything is blurry. Recently however, a new budget-friendly projector called the DBPOWER T20 has broken the myth that cheap projects can’t be good. It’s even one of the best sellers on Amazon, so I had to see it myself if it can actually live up to the hype. And I just want to point out that I was pleasantly surprised. But more about that in the review!
- Dimensions: 190×150×77mm / 7.5×6.0×3.0″
- Native Resolution: 800×480
- Supported Resolution: 1920×1080
- Screen Size: 32″ – 176″
- Projection Distance: 1.5m – 5m / 4.9ft – 16.4ft
- Aspect Ratio: 16:10
- Projection Ratio: 1.4:1
- Brightness: 1800 Lumens
In The Box
- DBPOWER T20 1800 Lumen projector
- Remote control
- HDMI cable
- 3.5mm AUX to RCA adapter
- Screw for angle
The DBPOWER T20 projector itself is pretty small. It has a dimension of 190×150×77 mm / 7.5×6.0×3.0″ and weighs only around 0.9 kg / 2 lbs. It’s pretty much the same size as an iPad 4 mini, so a pretty small device. Despite that, it still has all the features you’d expect from a projector. In terms of materials used, the DBPOWER T20 is fully made out of average quality plastic. The build quality is really good though, all the buttons feel solid and nothing is loose. You can also choose between 2 colors: black and white.
Besides that, DBPOWER has also added 4 rubber feet underneath the projector to keep it steady. There is also a single slot for an extra screw there. With the screw, you can make the projector sit at an angle if you have placed it on a flat surface. You can adjust the tilt with the screw, which is a simple but effective solution to achieve this. You can also place this on a camera tripod. Overall I’m very happy with the build quality, especially when considering the price.
The top of the projector has two dials for adjusting the focus and keystone. It also has a panel of buttons for changing the settings and controlling the projector. You can also use a remote control for this. But it’s nice to have both options available. Besides that, there are also plenty of ports which are on the left side. Those include two USB ports (one for charging), a SD card slot, HDMI port, AV and AUX inputs. The backside also has a VGA input slot and the IR sensor for the remote control. They have actually added that to the front as well, so your remote control will work regardless of where you are positioned.
Here is also a list of all the accessories that come with the projector! I’m really happy with the HDMI cable as you can never have too many of those. The length of that is around 1 m / 3.3 ft. So pay that in mind when considering the location of the projector. Or you can always buy a longer cable as well. Also make sure that you get 2 AAA batteries for the remote as they are not included.
Before getting started, you first need to setup and configure the projector. Luckily it’s been made super easy. It’s best to first do it on a white wall, preferably in a dark room. This will give you the best idea on how clear the image is etc. It also matters on how far you set the projector, as that also determines the size of the screen. DBPOWER recommends setting the T20 projector at 2m – 2.5m / 6.6ft – 8.2ft from the wall, which provides the clearest 130″ image. That’s pretty correct as well, for a smaller image you can of course move it closer. After that adjust the focus and keystone until the image looks sharp.
You can attach the projector to PC’s, game consoles, USB sticks, SD cards and even smartphones. You can use the USB cable of your Android device for that. All you have to do is choose screen mirroring and you’ll be able to watch videos and play games from the projector. DBPOWER even has a WiFi dongle you can purchase as an extra to connect it to iOS devices as well. I personally don’t see a reason to spend more for that, but it’s always nice to have options.
Now the DBPOWER T20 projector does support 1920×1080 Full HD videos. However the native resolution is 800×480 pixels. What this means is that even if you play a Full HD movie, it’s resolution will be scaled down to 800×480 pixels. This is fine considering the price of the projector. If you are looking for something that has a native Full HD support, then be prepared to have a much larger budget. Still, even way more expensive projectors still have a 800×480 resolution.
And the small resolution does have it’s negative sides. When it comes to watching movies and playing games, the projector is fine. You start to notice it’s limits when it comes down to text heavy images, such as PowerPoint slides and browsing the internet. Text’s can be kind of hard to read at times due to lack of detail. But like I said, it’s fine for watching movies as you don’t really have to worry about that much.
It also performed the best at night time, when it’s the darkest. That’s not surprising again considering that even more expensive models have troubles in bright rooms.
The projector also has it’s own internal speakers. However I wouldn’t rely on those as the quality isn’t the best. It’s okay but I always prefer using external speakers. Especially if you plan on using it to watch movies.
Also one negative thing about the projector is the noise that comes from the fans. Don’t get me wrong, the fans do an excellent job at keeping it cool. It’s just that they do create quite a bit of noise. The only way to battle it is by turning the volume up to a medium level so the sounds coming from a movie can muffle it.
The DBPOWER T20 does have some negative sides such as the small native resolution and the noise from fans. However, considering the price of projector, the performance you get from the value is really good. It obviously doesn’t have the clearest and sharpest image quality, however it does have the best one out of all the projectors in it’s price range. So if you are looking for a really cheap projector for watching movies now and then, then the DBPOWER T20 is a pretty good option.