FAVI RioHD-LED-3 Projector:Light Weight and Low Cost
Probably the best description of the FAVI RioHD-LED-3 projector is that it gives you pocket projector performance--with 800x600 resolution and a measured 33 lumens--in a bigger-than-pocket-projector size. Don't assume the size is a problem, though. To the contrary, it's responsible for some notable advantages compared with smaller, lighter competition.
For a start, the case is big enough to mount the connectors on the projector itself, so you don't have to struggle with--or worry about losing--adapter cables with proprietary connectors. It's also big enough for more ports than you might expect, including some, like S-Video and component video with three-RCA connectors, that most pocket projectors don't bother with.
Beyond that, the larger size lets it include speakers that are loud enough to be useful. And instead of a hard-to-control focus thumbwheel, it offers a manual focus control that works like a focus ring on bigger projectors, meaning that it's big enough to get a solid hold on and easy to adjust.
Two other important differences from most pocket projectors are that the LED-3 is built around an LCD rather than a DLP chip, and the chip is paired with white--rather than red, green, and blue--LEDs. The design eliminates any possibility of showing rainbow artifacts.
All this, along with the typical $213 street price, makes the RioHD-LED-3 an inexpensive portable projector that delivers both a touch more than a typical pocket projector and a welcome touch less, in the form of a guaranteed lack of rainbow artifacts.
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