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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    So this is my impromptu review of the Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit. The projector itself is small, about the size of a 6 pack of eggs a hard copy of Lord of the Rings novel. Okay,

    I bought it to see what it has and what it can do compared to my projector arsenal, and see how it stacks up imagewise.

    This projector is a good deal overall. It's not the best in quality although its specs wants to make you believe that (more on that later) but what it provides will do the job you need admirably. For the 99% of us who just wants to project an effective halloween or Xmas display, this is it. It's at a competitive price point, and it offers a lot of bang for your buck. At $69, its worth it- you're basically paying for $20-$30 in digital downloads and a $50 projector with stand, velcro, two mounting points for horizontal and vertical projections, and a projection material
    screen for mounting on a window or door. i didnt unfurl it but it looks big enough, measures 48x72. It needs to be plugged in btw, and there's no zoom feature and the focus ring is very coarse (but it works). It also has a built in media player which can support mp4 (the files are in that format) and a lot of other formats as well.

    Anyways, some pics







    Victor

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    Thanks for the review Victor. I assume for the price there isn't any keystone correction or ability to reverse image for front or rear projection but thought I'd ask. How about repeat or loop? Sounds like a nice basic unit.

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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    I haven't decided whether to return it but I will have it compete with these two projectors in my theater room.



    The projector on the left is my trusty Optoma PKA21/PK201. Its got 854x480p native resolution and 20 lumen strength. The other projector is my new baby- a AAXA P3 projector (cost me $40) with native 1024x600 resolution (weird res) and supposedly 50 max lumens

    Reviews here:
    Optoma
    http://www.projectorreviews.com/opto...ico-projector/

    AAXA
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/aaxa...tor_review.htm

    I'll be firing up the same images to see how well they compare to the Home Depot pj (spoiler alert: I won't be surprised)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost of Spookie View Post
    Thanks for the review Victor. I assume for the price there isn't any keystone correction or ability to reverse image for front or rear projection but thought I'd ask. How about repeat or loop? Sounds like a nice basic unit.
    No keystone, as to image reversal or other features we take for granted in the commercial-grade projectors, I'll have to delve further into very very basic menu options )

    It is a very simple projector- kinda reminds me of my diy pj days a few years ago, just now built on a mass-produced scale.

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    There are two folders to choose from: HORIZONTAL and VERTICAL options. There are also two mounting points to screw on the tripod or even a flexible camera holder that can support this projector (weighs about 1.4lbs).

    The mp4 files are all 720x486, which is DVD quality but not HD (ie 1080p) quality. Thankfully I have some 1080p projections for just such an occasion.

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    Yes, thanks for reviewing this projector. I too was curious about its specs.

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    I picked up one of these babies the other day myself. If you don't have a projector and are looking to dip your toes into this arena then, like victor said, this is a great entry device. I've used various projectors around the office but never owned any before this. There IS a knob that is labeled keystone but it's nothing more than an extendable leg in the front center to angle it up higher. The manual does mention the ability to change between reverse and non reverse modes but the device seems to default to reverse (for rear projection) right out the box. The sound quality isn't half bad and it does offer a standard 1/8" jack for audio out. I wish there wss a way to feed a live input into it so I could hook up a camera or other input device like a computer or blu-ray. But alas it only has a memory card and a USB interface for plugging either a usb memory stick or external hard drive to. But for $70 bucks really what more could you ask for?

    -TM

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    Curious. My unit default to front projection- all of the menus on startup were right side up, not reversed as you would normally see in rear projection

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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    Later today I'll start seeing how the HD pj stands up against my other two projectors in my theater room. All three are on their tripods (the HD pj is just a little too big so the tripod, so take care when using it) on my coffee table firing up against my 118" projection wall.



    Projector evolution is pretty cool. Here are two projector I've used in the past, an old Proxima from the 80's and an Epson SVGA projector. The Epson is what you'd likely see nowadays in terms of performance and pricing on the open market.


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    My Review- The Home Depot Animated Window Projector Kit- AlmosFX animations
    Testing begins:

    First of all, the HD pj is a little too big for the tripod. Second, as much as you will see in the brochure, the website, the Q&A that this pj is a 1920x1080 native projector, it is not. When I was measuring the screen size for my testing, I got to a nice 43" wide image. But when I measured it vertically, it was 32"- that a 4:3 image panel. A 1080p, even 720p panel is 16:9. Also, I could clearly see pixels so in short, this is not a 1080p projector.

    But again, that really should not take away from the value of this projector, which in my opinion is very high.

    Upon using a few images from the Halloween section, I compared what I saw on the HD to the Optoma, then the AAXA. If you've never had either of these or similar to these projectors, you will enjoy the HD immensely. Otherwise, you will notice the shortcomings just as readily as I.

    Here are some images of the HD in action
    Beckoning Beauty



    Rise of the Wraiths



    Jack-O-Lantern Funny Faces


 

 
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