Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro Projectors were once thought to be an expensive theatre-style alternative to large-screen televisions. However, technological advancements provided a steady stream of improvements, resulting in increased popularity and lower prices. Projectors have diverged into three distinct paths along the way.
Some projectors have 4K resolution and are bright enough to illuminate a screen even on the brightest of days. While these devices are pricey, they are capable of replacing a television. The second category includes projectors with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Their prices are much lower, but because their output is not as bright, they are best used in the evening and at night. They deliver impressive results but cannot completely replace a television. The final group consists of portable and mini projectors. While the device under review today has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, many others do not.
The Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro is a portable projector that weighs less than two pounds. It measures 3 inches tall by 7.8 inches wide by 5.8 inches deep. This projector is made of white plastic with black highlights. The Leisure 470 Pro is equipped with a projector lens. All controls, including focus, keystone correction, and others, are accessible from the top. The power input and air intake are on the left side of the projector, and the heated air is expelled from the right.
A TF card slot, headphones/speaker output, AV input, 2 HDMI inputs, and a USB port are also found on the right. The rear of this projector houses an infrared receiver and the grill for the 3W internal speaker. The height adjustment screw and space for a ceiling mount are located at the bottom. This product includes a padded carrying case that can hold the projector, power cable, HDMI cable, cleaning kit, and remote.
The native resolution of a projector refers to its fixed horizontal and vertical pixel count. This projector has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080p, also known as Full High Definition. The media being played has an impact on the image definition. Even though the projector is capable of FHD, a movie streamed at 1024 x 768p is projected at the same resolution.
Brightness and Contrast
The brightness of a projector is measured in LUX or ANSI lumens. The Leisure 470 Pro has a lumen output of 170 ANSI. This is sufficient for operations in low-light situations. The ratio of light reflected from a completely white image to a completely black image is referred to as contrast. The greater the contrast ratio, the more detail is projected. The contrast ratio of the Leisure 470 Pro is 600:1, which means that a projected white image is 600 times brighter than just a projected black image.
Keystone Correction and Focus
The apparent defects of an image caused by projecting it onto an angled surface is known as the keystone effect. This projector can digitally correct vertical distortion of up to 15 degrees using the projector’s internal LCD panels. Horizontal distortion is reduced by aligning the projector’s lens perpendicular to the centre of the screen. By turning a dial directly above the lens, the Leisure 470 Pro can be manually focused.
Sound and Speakers
This device includes a 3-watt internal speaker. It is reasonably loud, and while the speaker lacks the range to properly reproduce music, it does a good job with voices. I connected an audio cable between the projector and speaker because I am currently testing the new Tribit 90W Stormbox Blast. The resulting sound was incredibly good. If you want theatre-quality sound from this projector, a good external speaker is an essential accessory.
Inputs and Outputs
The 3.5mm Aux output is used to send audio to an external speaker. A TF card slot, an AV connection, a USB port, as well as two HDMI inputs are among the inputs. This projector can also mirror whatever is playing on a wi-fi-connected smartphone. Please keep in mind that some streaming services, such as Netflix, do not permit their content to be mirrored.
My Roku streaming stick was plugged into the projector’s USB port as well as one of the HDMI inputs. When I turned on the Leisure 470 Pro, it quickly loaded and chose the Roku. Even better, the Roku remote could adjust the volume of the projector and turn it off when I was done for the night. This is the most Roku-friendly projector I’ve ever tried.
If this projector is going to be used in a specific room on a regular basis, it should be mounted from the ceiling. This ensures that the focus and keystone adjustments on the projector only need to be made once. If the Leisure 470 Pro will be used in a variety of settings, it may be best to mount it on a large telescopic tripod.
When positioned approximately eight feet from my dining room wall, the projected image from the Leisure 470 Pro filled my 100-inch screen. The remote control can be used to reduce the size of the projected image by 1% increments up to 50%. This ability comes in handy in a variety of situations.
I turned off the lights and closed the drapes in my dining room in the middle of the afternoon. Then I showed a film on a 100-inch screen. The image was visible but heavily faded. Later that evening, as the sun began to set low on the horizon, I tried once more. The image was much brighter, and also the movie was watchable. I watched another movie once it was completely dark. The screen was quite bright at this point, and I could almost believe I was sitting in a theatre. The only thing missing was the popcorn.
The resolution of this projector is excellent, the brightness is adequate, and the contrast is acceptable. Its sound, on the other hand, is best aided by an external speaker. I especially liked how I could adjust the size of the projected image using the remote.
The Leisure 470 Pro represents good value and, due to its small size, allows it to be used in a variety of situations. However, if this projector is going to be permanently mounted in one room, a full-sized unit like the Vankyo Leisure 495W would be preferable. These larger projectors are frequently Bluetooth capable and have additional features such as Dolby compatibility.