Wemax Go laser projector review: pop-up entertainment





From $ 299

While laser projectors remain an amateur-level consumer group, their usefulness can span movie buffs, frenzy enthusiasts, gamers, or even decorators, and the Wemax Go laser projector does all of this with a level of convenience rarely seen for. the category.

I would consider myself a traditionalist when it comes to living room entertainment setups. A large screen paired with some sort of audio amplifier that sits atop a wooden cabinet flanked by family photos and the occasional plant or custom artwork.

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The pattern might be as boring as ever, but its usefulness has served me well for decades. However, my brother-in-law, who is a sound engineer, has been tinkering with laser projectors for quite some time now in his pursuit of the best possible viewing experience, and after using the Wemax Go Pro laser projector I may need to follow through. him in the rabbit hole.

I was sent the Wemax Go ALPD FHD laser projector from Wemax about two weeks ago. The whole projector comes in two separate boxes, one for the smartphone-sized laser projector and one for the 50-inch Advance ALR screen. By scanning their IndieGoGo page, the laser projector and screen combination will cost Target the price of an average 4K flat panel display, at $ 299 for the projector and $ 199 for the screen.

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Fortunately, I tested the laser projector without the screen and the clarity is still top notch, so you can get away with skipping the $ 199 screen, if you have lightly colored walls with no abrasive textures, or you can splurge and get the combo for $ 599 for an early bird special price.

Look and feel

Like I said, the combo comes in two packages and the first one, along with the laser projector, is the smaller of the two. Inside the box is a fairly simple package of the Wemax Go, which comes in its own hard fabric carrying case and with a USB-C power cord and adjustable viewing stand.

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The projector itself measures 5.94 x 3.27 x 0.97 inches, which is roughly the length of an iPhone 13 Pro Max and the width of a large power bank. The Wemax Go is very portable, which I appreciated as I looked to supplement my viewing options in my little townhouse.

The Wemax Go is available in white with a chrome faceplate that uses a sliding hinge to cover and uncover the lens. The laser projector is dense and compact without being too heavy to move around at all times.

On the back are the audio output, USB, HDMI, and DC Type-C input, keeping most setups very simple and clean depending on where they’re placed.

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The whole set is premium quality, easy to handle thanks to its compact size and construction of its materials. It is easy, convenient and safe to throw the Wemax Go in a backpack, mid-size purse or large pocket, largely thanks to its rounded and aerodynamic design where there are no protruding parts. to hang on and the built-in lens protector.

Performance

Laser projector technology has evolved a lot over the decades and Wemax is moving forward with its new patented ALPD technology to help produce twice as much brightness as the older projectors I have used.

Combined with the immersive 300 ANSI Lumens LED light and automatic keystone correction, the picture quality is impressive with or without the screen. Wemax claims that there is a FOFO contrast ratio of 500: 1 as well as a resolution of 960x540p for the Wemax Go. The Wemax Go Pro, which they also sell, comes with the more standard resolution of 1920 x 1080p but the same FOFO contrast ratio of 500: 1.

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The Wemax Go can deliver a vertical image measuring 15 to 100 inches with complete clarity.

As I mentioned before, I already have an allocated slot for my TV and its peripherals installed in the living room, but I tested the Wemax Go in my bedroom where there was plenty of space to have a gaming experience. immersive viewing.

The Go version of Wemax’s laser projector has a lean but usable 1W speaker, 128M of internal storage, lacks Bluetooth, autofocus, DLNA casting, but all of these things can be found in the Pro version for an additional $ 299.

In everyday use, the Wemax Go sat on the adjacent window sill and provided superb viewing experiences in an area that could not accommodate my traditionalist setup.

Before accessing your content, you encountered a spartan-like Windows 98 desktop user interface that takes some time to get familiar with browsing. There aren’t a lot of menu options, but using the built-in toggles on the Wemax is a bit frustrating to maneuver and often times you’re taken out of menu options to restart the whole process.

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However, once things are set up i.e. WIFI, sound options, and media sources are set up, the Wemax Go literally shines. Perhaps, thanks in part to the enhanced brightness of ALPD technology, you can easily see content during the day with the windows wide open.

I’ve managed to use the Wemax Go as a really big desktop monitor for home productivity in bed, as well as a lot of Xbox games, and binge-watching Netflix, Hulu, and Disney +. In my last few days of testing the Wemax, I played Forza 5 and Halo Infinite Multiplayer, which made going back to my current 52in pretty boring.

Besides its compact form, the Wemax can also connect to a 12,000mAh power bank for four hours of continuous viewing if you want to take it outdoors or to a friend’s house.

While there is access to Roku channels on the device, its screen mirroring is what really opens up your world of entertainment. Simply pair your smartphone or tablet with WiFi and stream any app or entertainment channel you already have access to, pick up where you left off from your TV, PC, smartphone or tablet.

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As for some negatives with the Wemax GO, there are vents along the back and there is an audible noise that can be heard throughout its use if you sit about three to four feet away from it. .

The viewing stand may take some time to adjust to level the image, especially since autofocus, intelligent obstacle avoidance, and intelligent screen alignment are reserved for the Pro model. .

The Pro model also comes with a controller that would have brought the Wemax Go closer to the convenience of traditional flat-screen TVs and made the transition much easier.

Those few quibbles aside, I’d say the $ 299 Wemax Go is a good deal for a very compact, bright, and clear laser projector.

Summary

For anyone running from meeting room to meeting room who doesn’t want to mess around with internal technology, the Wemax Go is a great portable solution.

For anyone looking to upgrade their home with additional entertainment nooks for a family with growing and diverse interests, the Wemax Go is a solid option. For gamers looking to widen their view from their 34-46 widescreen displays, plastering a 100-inch battlefield isn’t bad either.

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