Honey, I shrunk the projector. That’s the first thing that came to mind when I opened the box of the new Apeman M4 digital mini projector. It occupies the same real estate as that of a drink coaster, and at less than an inch tall it can even fit right in your pocket.
I’ve used quite a few video projectors over the years for various projects I have worked on and when I opened the box for this M4 from Apeman I truly thought to myself this thing just ain’t gonna work. Took no time to hook it up as it arrived with a charged battery (oh yeah, did I mention it is totally portable?) and bam…instant video. Point the tiny M4 to a white wall, and you have an instant movie theater.
It can connect to your smart device via HDMI adaptor (not included) and you can put a movie theater just about anywhere. I can see this as a great device to have for kids parties, backyard or patio entertaining, movies poolside, etc. Not to mention how invaluable it would be for traveling business folks who need to show a quick video to a group in just about any conference room anywhere, damn the power cords.
The unit itself measures 3.86×3.86×0.85” and weighs practically nothing. It’s about as heavy as my iPhone X actually. It features a built-in 3.7V/3,400 mAh rechargeable battery that can double as a battery pack to recharge your phone. There are jacks for audio output (headphones), USB out, Micro USB out, and HDMI input. The package includes a short tripod stand for the projector as well as HDMI cable, mini HDMI adaptor, AC charger, USB charging cable, and user manual. Adjacent to the DLP projector lens is a focus knob and the unit features two 1-watt speakers. There is a built-in quiet cooling fan and the LED bulb is rated for 25,000 hours life. Contrast range is 1,000-3,000 and brightness is 50-100 lumens. Recommended projection size is 30-100 inches with a resolution of 854×480. The M4 is not HD rated but does support HD.
While this is not a daylight/roomlight projector it is perfect for media rooms, bedrooms and any other rooms (inside or out) where lighting will be dimmed during viewing time anyway. Its portability is truly its strength and the MHL compatibility with smart devices makes it ideal for on-the-go use. Project live images at any type gathering or event or use it at trade shows where you don’t have power in a booth or don’t want to spring for the added expense. I can see many, many possibilities with the new Apeman M4 super mini digital projector, limited only perhaps by your imagination. Image quality is very good and it could not be easier to use. There are battery life indicators on the top of the compact unit so you can keep an eye on power status that should last about 3.5 hours. If you are looking for a small, portable projector, look no further than the Apeman M4. More information can be found at www.Apemans.com.
Source: Apeman M4 review sample provided by the manufacturer.
What I Like: Portability; lightweight; doubles as battery pack
What Needs Improvement: Nothing, it works as intended