Let’s start 2024 with a review of the new TOPBEN projector. Many projectors I tested in 2023 were similar to each other, but the TOPBEN projector has some features. Despite its budget price of under $200, it has 1080P native resolution, 800ANSI Lumens brightness, autofocus, and automatic keystone correction.
To be honest, I hadn’t heard of the TOPBEN brand before, but I like their logo, especially the letter N as a lightning bolt.
I told you there is a surprise waiting for us in the box, and it is a backpack. Many projectors come with carrying bags, but this is the first time I have seen a backpack. I think it is very simple and a great solution because you can carry the projector on your shoulders instead of in your hands.
Of course, the backpack is not the only feature of the new TOPBEN projector. There are a few design features as well.
By the way, the projector has a fully sealed optical engine, which can effectively eliminate dust, effectively reduce screen black spots, improve imaging quality, and extend service life.
You know, the projector can be installed on the ceiling, because it has mounting holes at the bottom. There are also four rubber feet at the bottom, so you can just place it on the table.
I really like this projector so far, but let’s turn it on and check out the image quality.
First, the projector has a stunning animation when turned on. After that, it automatically adjusts focus and keystone.
As you can see, the TOPBEN projector has a simple multimedia system, and there are no apps like Netflix, YouTube, and so on.
If you want to go to Video, Music and Picture, you need to insert a USB flash drive.
You can show documents wirelessly, but first you need to connect to a Wi-Fi network on the projector or using local storage. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find information on how much local storage is on this projector. Most likely 1 or 2GB.
On the left side of the screen is the warranty, Bluetooth speaker, Bluetooth, AV and HDMI connection.
We will check out the Bluetooth speaker and Bluetooth connection a little later, but for now let’s go to settings.
First, we have Wi-Fi Settings, where we can connect to a Wi-Fi network. You just need to select your Wi-Fi network and enter a password from it.
Finally, we have System Local Update in the Settings menu of the TOPBEN projector.
OK, let’s go back to the Screen Mirroring.
We have already connected to the Wi-Fi network, and now we can go to AirPlay or Miracast, depending on your smartphone. I have an iPhone, so I will go to the AirPlay.
The TOPBEN projector supports bidirectional Bluetooth. It means you can connect an external Bluetooth device to the projector, for example, speaker or headphones.
Bluetooth Speaker Mode
However, the more important feature to me is Bluetooth Speaker mode. It allows you to use the projector as a Bluetooth speaker to your mobile device.
By the way, the quality of the built-in speaker of the TOPBEN projector is very good.
In addition, the built-in speaker has a pretty good bass.
We should also check the noise of the built-in fan.
Projection Screen Size
The maximum projection size is claimed to be 500 inches, but you will need a very large room for that.
The native resolution of the TOPBEN projector is 1080P, but when I connected my laptop to the projector via the HDMI port, I saw a resolution of 2160P. I think this means that the projector supports 4K decoding.
In addition, the TOPBEN projector has 25000:1 contrast ratio, which is very high for a budget projector. The colors are very rich and vibrant.
The brightness of the TOPBEN projector is 21000 Lumens or 800ANSI.
The projector can be used even in a room with the lights on. Here is an example of a projection in a room with the lights on and off.
So, the TOPBEN projector surprised me with a few features. First, I liked the backpack. While many projectors have carrying bags, this is the first time I have seen a backpack.
The design of this projector is also very attractive, because of the different case materials, and backlit touch buttons.
The image quality is also very decent. Thanks to the brightness of 800ANSI, the projector can even be used in a bright room.
Perhaps, the TOPBEN projector only lacks a smart operating system, but that makes it cheaper than its competitors. You can buy it on Amazon for only $180.