I found one of the most affordable projectors on the market with Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video and other apps built in. It is called Yoton Y9.
You know, I have tested a projector of this brand before, but that was over a year ago.
In fact, the new Yoton Y9 projector has a very similar design to the previous Yoton Y7. Both have native Full HD resolution, but the brightness of the new projector is much higher.
Unfortunately, I don’t have the Yoton Y7 right now to compare it side-by-side with the Yoton Y9, but I have the ultra-budget projector Yoton Y3. It has a very compact size, 720p native resolution and 120 ANSI brightness.
Later in this article we will compare the image quality of all three projectors: Yoton Y3, Yoton Y7 and Yoton Y9.
By the way, these projectors are priced at $50, $100, and $150 respectively. I am wondering if it is worth buying the top-of-the-line model.
In this article, I will focus on the unboxing and design of the Yoton Y9, because I think it is the most interesting projector in the lineup right now.
However, if you want a separate article about the Yoton Y3, please, write in the comments below.
There is a bag inside the box. You can use it to store and carry the projector with you.
There is also a kickstand in the bag that allows you to raise the front of the projector slightly.
As I said before, the Yoton Y9 has a very similar design to the Yoton Y7. They both have a compact size and a rounded design.
In fact, the Yoton Y3 is one of the most compact LED LCD projectors that I have seen. However, it cannot be seriously considered for a home movie theater because it is more of a kid’s projector.
Let’s go back to the Yoton Y9.
The control panel has a power button, navigation, return, source and menu buttons.
There is a kickstand mount on the bottom, but it can also be used for tripod mounting. It looks like the projector cannot be installed on the ceiling, but I don’t think that is really needed. You can simply put it on a table or on a shelf.
Overall, the Yoton Y9 projector looks very nice. I like that it is compact and lightweight, and it is easy to carry around in a bag.
By the way, the remote control of this projector is very decent. Usually, budget projectors have much simpler remotes. For example, the Yoton Y7 remote control looked like this.
Now let’s look at the smart system of the Yoton Y9 projector.
When you first turn on the projector, you are prompted to set it up, such as select the projection mode, select the language, select the region, connect to the Wi-Fi network and even log into your Netflix account.
Anyway, we have some pre-installed apps here, such as Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids, TG, ScreenCast, Prime Video, Open Browser, App Store and TikiLive.
Then, we can see trending shows on Netflix.
If we go to settings, first, we will see Setup here with OSD language, Time setup, sleep timer, no signal auto power off, auto sleep, USB and Internet updates.
Do you remember the ScreenCast app on the home screen? Let’s try to connect a smartphone to the projector via Wi-Fi.
When I tried to connect my iPhone, the projector was not detected in the Screen Mirroring menu.
Then I saw the Windows and Android icons in the corner of the projection. It looks like iOS devices are not supported for screencasting. Unfortunately, I don’t have an Android device to test Screen Casting right now.
The Yoton Y9 projector also supports Bluetooth. Let’s try to connect the earbuds to it.
To do this, go to Settings, Bluetooth and enable Bluetooth connection.
The projector detected the earbuds, and successfully connected them.
You can also connect external speakers to the projector.
Built-in Speaker Quality
Let’s check the sound quality of the built-in speaker and see if there is a need to connect external speakers.
You know, the built-in speaker is very loud, but its sound quality is not very good. However, this was expected. The projector is very compact, so it cannot have a large speaker inside.
If you really care about sound quality, it is better to connect external speakers via Bluetooth or audio jack.
By the way, you should also pay attention to the fan noise before buying an LCD projector.
So, it is a compact and pretty quiet projector.
You know I promised to compare the image quality of the Yoton Y9, Yoton Y7 and Yoton Y3 projectors, and I will do that a little later.
For now, let’s talk about the image quality of the Yoton Y9.
The claimed maximum screen size is 200 inches. However, I found that it is 150 inches. You cannot get a bigger screen because the focus wheel doesn’t work at a longer distance. If you place the projector farther away, you will get a blurry image.
The contrast ratio of the Yoton Y9 is 5000: 1. It is not very much, but the colors are pretty good.
The Yoton Y9 has the highest brightness in the lineup – 450ANSI Lumens. You can really feel it because the whole room lights up when the projector is running.
The projector can be used even in a bright room.
Yoton Y9 vs Yoton Y7
Now let’s move on to the comparison.
You know, it is not quite right to compare Yoton Y9 and Yoton Y7, because I tested the latter over a year ago in a different room.
However, you can still clearly see that the new projector has a much better image.
Yoton Y9 vs Yoton Y3
As for the Yoton Y3, I have that projector right now, and I took some videos to compare it with the Yoton Y9.
The Yoton Y3 is an ultra-budget projector with 120ANSI lumens brightness and 720p native resolution. I guess it doesn’t surprise you that its image and colors are not as sharp and saturated as the Yoton Y9.
By the way, the Yoton Y3 projector cannot be used in a bright room, unlike the Yoton Y9.
So, let’s summarize. The Yoton Y9 is a top-of-the-line projector because it has a Full HD native resolution, and 450ANSI lumens brightness. Although it has a similar design to the Yoton Y7, its image quality is much better.
It is also one of the most affordable projectors with smart system, Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube.
Yoton Y9 is a very good projector for its price.