Today we will be testing another projector, but it is special for me, because this is my first laser projector. I have tried many different LCD projectors before, but I didn’t have a laser one.
We will talk about the advantages of a laser light source in this article, but first let’s do an unboxing.
So, I received the projector in this box. There is a Formovie logo on one side and a sticker with some information about the projector on the other.
Inside there is a projector itself, power adapter, USB-C charging cable, user manual and warranty card.
On the other hand, the projector doesn’t have a smart operating system, so you have to connect a TV box, game console or laptop anyway. If so, you really don’t need a remote control.
I didn’t tell you this, but I think you have already noticed the second feature of Formovie P1 projector – the compact pocket-size. Its dimensions are 150 x 83 x 25 mm. The weight is only 300 grams.
Formovie P1 has no built-in battery, but I think it is still portable, because you can use a USB Type-C charging port to use a projector from a power bank. That’s very cool.
We can also see a speaker on the front.
OK, now, we can turn on the projector, and look at the user interface.
Formovie P1 has a simple multimedia system. You cannot install apps, such as YouTube, Netflix, etc., but you can insert a USB flash drive, and play a movie, photo, music and text.
At the top of the screen are settings, Wi-Fi, HDMI and Screen Mirroring.
In the settings, we can enable or disable Eco mode, change picture mode, brightness, contrast, sharpness, saturation, color temperature and aspect ratio.
Wi-Fi and Screen Mirroring
Now, I want to show you how to connect a smartphone to a projector.
First, you need to go to Wi-Fi and connect to your home Wi-Fi network.
Now all you have to do is open Screen Mirroring on your smartphone and select a projector.
One of the main advantages of laser projectors is the low noise level. Formovie P1 is the quietest projector I have ever tested. It is almost silent, but it does have a fan inside.
You know, the disadvantage of the compact size is that the manufacturer cannot install a quality speaker in the projector. Unfortunately, the built-in speaker of Formovie P1 is quite weak. It is only 0.8W, so the volume level is low.
Finally, let’s talk about the projection quality of Formovie P1.
First, I am surprised by the throw ratio and picture size. I placed a projector at about 2.5 meters of the wall, and I have a screen size of about 90 inches.
The contrast ratio of this projector is 600 to 1. I think color reproduction and brightness are the main advantages of a laser projector.
By the way, DLP technology provides very rich colors.
When it comes to brightness, Formovie P1 has 800 Lumens. The manufacturer promises 25000 hours lifetime of the light source.
I always knew that laser projectors were brighter than LCDs, but now I see it with my own eyes.
Laser projectors are more energy efficient, and they produce much less heat than LCD projectors, so they have a very high brightness.
800 lumens is enough to use the projector in a room with the light on.
So, I was very excited about Formovie P1 because it is my first laser projector. However, given its affordable price, it has some disadvantages.
First, I didn’t like that there is no remote control included, so it is not very convenient to navigate through the settings menu.
In addition, the built-in speaker has poor quality. You should think about an external speaker before buying this projector.
Moreover, thanks to the laser light source, as well as DLP technology, the picture is very bright and colorful. I don’t think you will find this kind of image among LCD projectors.