If you've been looking for portable, pocket or pico projectors lately you will have seen the YG-300 LED projector. The YG-300, sometimes known as the Lumi Pro 2.0, the DeePlee or Artlii mini projector promises a lot for a cheap projector and cannot deliver on any of its inflated claims. If you're looking for the 'best cheap projectors', always beware of the false claims detailed below.
Claiming to have 400-600 lumens and 1080p resolution on a projector less than £100 should set your warning bells ringing if you've read our buyer's guide to fake amazon projectors.
The YG-300 portable projector is cheap at a price of around £30, but minus amazon costs at between 7% to 15% and 10% advertising costs, to name a few, the projector itself must have been built for around $5.00. Hardly a quality projector fit for home cinema, $5 can't buy anything powerful enough to project at 400 lumens, let alone in 1080p.
Always read the long descriptions for products like this, as they are full of disclaimers. The actual resolution is quoted as 320*240, Not HD, instead of 1080p as it often says in the title and amazon specification table. When a retailer says the mini projector is "to be used in a dark room", steer clear as this usually means the lumens are actually so low they cant be seen in a normal room and its around 10 to 50 lumens only if you are lucky. These types of products sometimes overstate the actual brightness by 20 times the actual brightness!
If you want a trustworthy mini projector, there are plenty of reputable brands to choose from such as Pico Genie, VIvitek, Acer, Optoma, LG and more. Some of these brands will even understate lumens for example the Pico Genie P200, is a palm sized powerhouse that delivers 200 ANSI Lumens at 120" image sizes although it measures more like 300 ANSI lumens even though its only marketed at 200 ansi lumens.
And If you want a small bright projector that you can use totally without wires for watching a film the Acer C200 is a great choice, with its massive 4 hour battery and 200 ansi lumens of brightness!