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TaoTronics TT-PR001 720p Projector $97.74 + $6.99 Delivery @ Amazon US via AU

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Another one of these cheap LED projector deals via Amazon US, not as cheap as the previous deals but with nicer aesthetic design. The projector appears to be a rebadge of the Powerful SV428. Usual price on Gearbest or Aliexpress seems to be around $200-$300.

Review seems to be mostly positive and seems to be the same as Phoota C26 and the VIVIMage C680 (mislabelled as a 1080p native projector). Probably not the best projector, but shouldn't be too bad for the price.

There is also priority postage at $9.99 on Amazon at the moment for delivery by Christmas.

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  • +1 vote

    Pretty good value! Comes up as 1080p?

    • +6 votes

      Nah, pretty sure that it has a 720p panel. The 1080p just means that it will accept a 1080p signal, the output will then be downscaled to 720p like most of these budget projectors.

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        VIVIMage C680 , is native 1080p

        • +3 votes

          If you have a look at the model number of VIVImage C680, you will notice that it is SV428, which is a 720p projector, not a 1080p projector. The firmware used by the C680 also has reference to SV428, which suggests that they have not made significant change from the original OEM design.

          • -1 vote

            @systema: so, all the youtube reviewers , reporting fake reviews ?

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              @phunkydude: They probably are just using the specs provided by VIVIMage, similar to the lumens claim on these projectors.

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                @systema: Yep.

                You have to remember that these cheap projectors simply lie about their stats all the time.

                Claiming "1080p projector" and even "4K projector" when they are actually 720p or more often 480p is just the beginning; they are lying about lumens, contrast ratio, colour, everything.

                On top of that, a quality image is not just a list of numbers, it takes a lot of engineering to get balanced light and colour and contrast to produce a lifelike image like the brand-name projectors produce.

                These cheap projectors are, at best, toys for presentations and stuff. Never something you'll actually use to watch movies or play games.

                You'll just go back to watching on your TV or laptop because it'll actually be a better experience.

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    Good price. Hopefully it doesn't get canceled like the previous deal.

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    reviews on amazon say 1280x800 with upscaling support for 1080p

  • +4 votes

    Thanks OP. Grabbed one. Will be nice to have a more portable and HDMI compatible projector toy. Worst case scenario it sucks and I lose a hundred bucks.

    Christmas expedited shipping for like $3 more was a nice little kicker. Coming next week, apparently.

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    Not sure if this one is the same costs 87.72 doesnt mention model number rest seems to be the same https://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-Projector-Picture-Speakers... correct me if i am wrong total cost 87.72

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    Does anyone own this particular projector and have a short review to tide us by?

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      Try this one out. Alternatively, search for Phoota C26 on YouTube.

      Https://youtu.be/fA3A4gahhEY

      • +1 vote

        That's a sponsored video so I wouldn't take his word on the projector.

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          That is very true. Please avoid the review I linked earlier as it is a sponsored review. I would suggest you to search for similar videos on YouTube though.

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      Short? OK:

      It's a toy, not something better than your TV (like entry-level brand-name projectors are).

      Do you want it for portable sales presentations? Yep, Should be ok.

      Do you want to watch movies or play games? Nope. Buy a brand name projector or stick with your TV.

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        I think it'd be okay for some movies in the backyard. Not something you would replace your TV with though.

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          yup certainly not to replace my tv, i wouldn't expect it to for $100.

          But for casual netflixing anywhere or to project netflix/youtube on my ceiling when i'm tired of leaning up against my bed head to watch the 43" tv in my bedroom. lol.

          first world problems heh.

          edit: does this run of wall power only? I have a friend who just got an anker nebula which runs on a lithium battery but that cost 6x more.

      • +3 votes

        I don't think it'd be actually that bad. I've been using a very similar 720p no name projector as a replacement tv for awhile and I've been pretty happy with it. The plus about it was that it allowed us to get better use of a narrow living room. You don't need a console table if it's getting beamed directly onto a wall. Granted the pixelation will be obvious up close and on text, but watching content I'm pleasantly surprised by it.

        For reference some photos taken of it:

        https://photos.app.goo.gl/L8Gwo4hNBMCC6bfCA

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    Damn thats cheap

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    I looked at this a few days ago and aside from the top reviews there were some bad reviews that stopped me from getting it. However now at least on mobile those reviews can not be accessed.

    • +1 vote

      Amazon.com and amazon.com.au will show different reviews. Change the url to amazon.com and you should be able to see them again

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    Thanks OP!
    Grabbed one!

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    Thanks OP.
    Snagged one. Don't know where or when I'm going to use it but thanks anyway

  • +12 votes

    Pros:
    - Low cost.
    - No frills, works out of the box.
    - Loud speaker, no distortion at max volume.
    - Smooth picture, clear at under 40"

    Cons:
    - NOT 3500 lumens, maybe 350 AT MOST. Colors were washed out in a semi-darkened room.
    - Fan is loud; have to turn the volume up to 50 just to overcome the sound of the fan.
    - 15 deg keystone didn't work, only adjusted by 5 degrees.
    - No built-in control, you have to have the remote to control the projector.

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    Thanks op, I ordered. It'll definitely beat the toy I got off aliexpress.

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    Can it be run off 12v? I notice its on a tent in the amazon pictures.

  • +2 votes

    I've just ordered!
    Looks like it might plug straight in with a kettle cord - can anyone confirm it'll run directly off 240V? Seeing as it's from the US.

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    OP said it is a rebadge SV428 and the first few google results for the SV428 states that it is 100-240v. Hopefully this is the same.
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=SV428+240v

  • +4 votes

    Is this 240v or will it need a transformer

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    I don't suppose there's a version with Android built in?

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    I could use a cheap 720P projector for outdoor movie nights.
    But I'm guessing this does not have the lumens for a bedsheet-sized screen, unless you have a moonless night far away from any streetlights?

    Did anyone read the text on the front of the unit?

    "Home Threater Projector"

    [sic]

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    If you're looking for a true 1080p projector maybe look at these. $420 AUD + $80 to ship. But might be able to get off amazon cheaper.

    https://www.ivankyo.com/projector/performance-series/vankyo-...

    My LG PF87K died, and repairs were going to be about $500+. Since i got it on ebay from Korea 5 years ago for $1700 (1080p was good 5 years ago), I don't think there will be a warranty.

  • +3 votes

    Its coming up as $114.04 + $6.99 Delivery.
    Am I missing a coupon or has this deal expired?

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    Would this be ok for basic office stuff?

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      It should be okay. I have a GP90 with similar specs and it does an okay job for a 50-ish inch display in a room (with lights dimmed, not off) with reasonable brightness but somewhat muted colours. Just avoid using the keystone as these optical keystone adjustments has a tendency of de-focusing part of the screen - not great if you are using it for a presentation.

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    It's showing up as $114.04 + $6.99 Delivery… Am I missing something?

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      Yeah same here. Has the price gone up? Anyone have screenshot of earlier price. Maybe Amazon will honor it

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    The price has gone up to $114.04

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    Picked one up - Thanks OP. Overall has some pretty positive reviews. Not really expecting it to blow my mind - but for a 115 odd bucks, you cant complain. Will be perfect for watching a few movies with the kids whilst at the inlaws.

  • +2 votes

    Looks like OzB has pushed this to the #1 best seller in Amazon AU's Stationery & Office Products category - Amazon has price jacked it though. :(

    https://files.ozbargain.com.au/upload/13998/75112/ttpro.png

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    Meh, $119 with express xmas delivery…not quite the same deal but cheap enough for me to pull the trigger.

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    Thanks OP. Ended up ordering at the higher price but had $40 in amazon vouchers. This will be going in the camper trailer!

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    Had mine shipped today with expected delivery of the 31st which isn’t by Christmas. Assuming this is an auto generated date? I chose the priority before Christmas option.

    Almost concerned that this rebadged projector won’t have 240v supported but I guess I can just return it if it doesn’t.

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      Mine was also posted today but says "Arriving 24 December".

      It was posted with UPS Worldwide Saver.

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        My ETA date was from amazon but after checking on UPS’ website, has estimate delivery for the 19th :)

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      Still not dispatched for mine. I put my order in at 1:08PM. Hopefully there's some movement soon!

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        Spoke too soon, just got marked shipped.
        Amazon site says 'Arriving 20 December', no estimated delivery on UPS site yet.

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          Sorry can't edit my comments after a certain amount of time.
          Anyway UPS site now says "Scheduled delivery - Monday 16 Dec", last scanned at Dallas airport 45 minutes ago. Maybe we will all get it by Monday!

  • +1 vote

    Can confirm it's 220v so all good in our standard socket. Just need adapter or standard pc power cable.

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    Received mine today. Plugged in and working great. Actually surprised of the quality for something so cheap. Should have thrown this in the rumpus room instead of the 65” tv

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    Received mine pretty happy with it really fulfills need of a small home

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    Ordered 9 Dec. Shipped 14 Dec. Delayed 18 Dec. Expected 4 Jan.
    ([Christmas Offer] Discounted Priority International Delivery)
    Arrived 20 Dec (despite Amazon sending another Delayed: still on the way, email today - there oughta be an "I have received my shipment" checkbox, I reckon).

    OK, the projector is great for the price, underline, for the price.

    (Although 3 times the price, my Wowoto H8 -mini- projector that I've been using is far brighter with greater throw ratio to this behemoth and - nevermind that the Wowoto has Android overlay, not counting smart features that I never use - it fitses in an IKEA CD shelf (!), no overheating/ventilation problems and whisper quiet.)

    So about our projector here projected image; shown casting YouTube via HDMI input from a Chromecast, next to a 58" TV (that should've been showing something as well maybe oh well). The projection has better contrast ratio than Lenovo's Smart Clock LCD screen below it, haha.

    It could look perfectly good with all media applying some gamma adjustment say when hooked up to a PC. Apposed to the projector's simple digital Brightness setting, as it does addition killing shadow and truncating white, instead, gamma would mostly retain edge levels while bringing out shadow detail - in other words gamma change is more of a curve (albeit a fixed one, a more balanced one). Altering contrast digitally is asking for crushed black and white, and overall reduction in dynamic range.

    Text legible with ambient/overhead light so it could be used for a karaoke display. The projector also has VGA and RCA inputs & stereo L R -output- but its internal speakers aren't bad.

    Unless you've a computer with which you can tweak gamma, recommend a TV over this projector, I concede. However if you are looking for a new big-screen, factor in the cost, you'd soon get used to this and appreciate the scale of it. I don't know what the latency is like for gaming/desktop use, sorry.

    Regards AU incompatible power cable, these power cables 5M 3M 1M from BigW intended for Crest's modular power boards (PWC4402 PWC4100 PWC4400 PWC6100) are ideal.

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    received mine a while ago with express post, too busy to try it due to wedding seasons.

    came home late from work last night, still feel fresh, so give it a go…

    as the 1st time owner, first word came out from my own mouth…
    1) after turnon the unit… geez, that fan noise was pretty loud
    2) on my google cast online streaming… AWESOME…

    overall, once the streaming take place, the fan noise can be neglible as i turn on the show volume.

    still i am super duper happy with the unit. for that price i am paying, i feel like i receive triple the value

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    Opened mine today, no remote control. What a bugger. returning.

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