Everyone has long been accustomed to the fact that an inexpensive projector, as a rule, provides its owner with a rather modest functionality that does not go beyond the ability to view videos and images on the big screen. In addition, in most cases, the owners of such devices face the “not omnivorous” built-in video player, and therefore, some video files may either play without sound or not be displayed at all. In this review, we will get acquainted with the budget projector Hiper Cinema A2, which has not only built-in support for all popular audio and video codecs, but also equipped with a digital TV tuner DVB-T2, which turns it into almost a full-fledged TV.
- Max. resolution: 1920×1080;
- Min. resolution: 640×480;
- Matrix: LCD TFT 4 “800×480;
- Brightness (lm): 2000;
- Contrast to 1: 1500;
- Lamp type: LED 40W;
- Lamp life h: 50,000;
- Power consumption, (W): 45;
- Screen size (inch): 35-120;
- Aspect ratio: 16: 9; 4: 3;
- Correction of vertical trapezoidal distortions: -15 ° / + 15 °;
- Optical zoom: 2;
- Focal length (F): 1500 – 3000;
- Projection distance, minimum (m): 1.5 – 3;
- Features: Built-in digital TV tuner, with support for DVB-T, T2, C and analog TV. Built-in media player, with support for modern AVCHD (H.264) and HEVC (H.265) codecs;
- Dimensions (WxDxH), mm: 230x160x90;
- Weight: kg: 1.
Packing and complete set
The projector comes in a brightly decorated cardboard box. Although the box is relatively small, a plastic handle is also provided for easy carrying.
The package includes the projector itself, power cable, remote control, adapter cable with mini-Jack on 3xRCA, as well as a manual in Russian.
Appearance and features
Hyper Cinema A2 is a fairly compact device that takes up little space and can fit into any interior. The buyer is offered a choice of black and white body colors.
The dimensions of the Hyper Cinema A2 are 225x150x88 mm, and the weight is a little less than 1 kilogram.
At the front is the lens of a 40W LED lamp with a luminous flux of 2000 lumens, as well as the ventilation grille of the cooling system.
In the upper part, above the lens, there is a unit for focusing and correcting keystone distortion.
By rotating the adjusting ring, the lens lens is moved, so that the user can adjust the focal length (sharpness) in the range (F) 1500 – 3000.
Here, at the top, is the software on / off button of the projector and the indication LED.
At the back there is a power on / off button, antenna input with DVB-T2 support, USB port, HDMi video input, headphone or speaker output, analog audio and video input (3.5 mm minijack), infrared port for remote control , VGA input (15-pin D-Sub).
At the bottom are four rubber feet, a thread for mounting the projector on a tripod or ceiling mount, ventilation holes, and a twist-out foot stand that allows you to raise the front of the projector above the surface to a height of about 6 cm.
The remote control of the average size, has all necessary buttons both for switching of channels and adjustment of volume, and for control of the built-in media player, is powered by two AAA batteries.
Impressions from use
The stated brightness of the picture is 2000 lumens, but in my opinion it is slightly lower, to get a good, bright picture you will need a well-darkened room. Color rendering is decent, quite common, however, for inexpensive LCD projectors.
Regular speakers with a capacity of 2W can be listened to, but you will not hear anything impressive here and to get a good sound it is better to connect external speakers or headphones. If you are located at a short distance from the projector, then in relative silence the cooling fan will be heard, however, you quickly get used to it and very soon just do not pay attention.
As for the size and quality of the image output by the projector, depending on the distance from 1.5 to 3 meters, you can get the image size from 32 to 100 inches. However, it should be remembered that the projector matrix is physically able to give a relatively small resolution – 800×480 pixels, so the further you install the projector and the larger the resulting image, the more noticeable will be these same pixels. The aspect ratio of the image can be changed independently in the settings, it can be both 16: 9 and 4: 3.
You can connect both flash drives and external hard drives to watch the video.
After connecting, go to the Multimedia menu item and select Cinema. Then you need to select the desired folder and file and then press the Play button on the remote control. This is how you start browsing in the built-in operating system. I tried all the video files I have and they all started and displayed correctly, including in .mkv format.
The built-in DVB-T2 tuner also proved to be excellent. To watch TV, the user needs to do the same thing as with a normal TV, that is, connect the antenna and start the search for TV channels in the menu. In my case, I managed to catch all the channels of the free digital package on a normal indoor antenna.
In the photo below, I have given some photos in TV viewing mode, but they are not very clear due to the use of shutter speed on the camera, the picture changed and the photos turned out blurred.
In general, given the built-in digital TV tuner, HIPER Cinema A2 can be called a great alternative to TV, especially good for business trips or summer use, when after a hard day you can enjoy watching a movie or your favorite TV show on the big screen. At the same time, such a multifunctional projector does not take up much space in the car or in a travel bag, and any white flat surface such as a wall or even a ceiling will be suitable as a screen.
You can find out the current cost of the HIPER Cinema A2 DVB-T2 projector here.