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Tech review: Dangbei Atom projector is bright, sharp and easy to carry

Jim Rossman, Tribune News Service on

Published in Business News

I’ve reviewed more than a few projectors, and I’ve discovered they are not a “one size fits all” kind of gadget.

Unlike flat screen TVs, which all basically look alike, projectors vary in size and features, and before you buy one, you need to ask yourself some questions about your needs.

Is the projector going to be mounted permanently in a home theater? Do you need one for meetings at the office? Perhaps you travel a lot for work and need a projector that’s easy to pack in a briefcase.

Today I’m reviewing the Dangbei Atom smart home projector ($899 from dangbei.com or Amazon). Early purchasers can get $150 off before March 3, 2024.

This is the third projector I’ve reviewed from Dangbei, and it is the first one I’d be happy to pack up and hit the road.

The Atom is on the small side, as far as projectors go, and it uses laser light, so the image is bright, even during the day in rooms with windows.

 

Specs

The Atom measures 7.6 inches by 7.6 inches by 1.87 inches and it weighs just 2.82 pounds, so it’s small enough to easily carry in your bag. Just note, the power brick is external and adds some extra weight in your bag.

The ALPD laser projection system supports HDR10 and HLG. The output brightness is 1,200 ISO lumens. The laser has an estimated lifespan of 30,000 hours. The resolution is 1080P.

The image size varies, depending on how far you are from the screen. The recommended image size is 100 inches, but it can go larger. The projector needs to sit about 9 feet from the screen for a 100-inch image.

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