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FAVI RioHD-LED-3 Projector:Light Weight and Low Cost

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FAVI RioHD-LED-3 Projector FAVI RioHD-LED-3
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1500:1 Contrast Ratio
150 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$199 MSRP

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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Comments (8) Post a Comment
Anthony Vazquez Posted Jul 23, 2013 5:22 PM PST
I purchased the Favi Rio HD -3, about a year ago and never used it. Now I'm having trouble making the proper connections so that i can use it in the near future. i misplaced the guide that came with the projector. I have HDMI cables, and I'm looking to connect the FAVI to my DVD player, and HD DVR. Can you help me out?
Bill Posted Sep 29, 2013 12:06 PM PST
Hook up the HDMI cable to the DVD player and Projector before you turn them on. This is important to prevent damage. Turn them both on and press the Source button on the remote while pointing at the back of Projector. Select the HDMI input and you're on your way.

I hope this info helps, Bill.
Rick Krueger Posted Nov 11, 2013 4:08 AM PST
TERRIBLE PICTURE!! Bad buy. You can Barley see the words on the screen with the lights off @ 20 feet, projector to screen.... and forget about photographs! I want my money back.
elijah Posted Feb 15, 2014 4:43 PM PST
How do u turn up the volume?
Alberto Velasco Posted Mar 8, 2014 12:03 PM PST
I lost my Remote control .... where can I buy a remote control and for how much
Sara Posted Jun 7, 2014 10:26 AM PST
I want to stream a soccer game from my iphone. Would that work with the Favi RioHd LEd 3? If it needs a cable and adaptor which one should i get? Thanks,
Andrew Posted Jun 20, 2014 8:42 PM PST
Has anyone had any problems making a gaming system image appear through the HDMI. My Bluray player works fine, and my playstation works through the AV source but will not appear on the HDMI source at any resolution setting. Have tried 480i through 1080p. it just blinks between black screen and "no source"
andrew Posted Jan 7, 2015 7:47 AM PST
You have to reset the ps3 to switch it from HDMI to av and vice versa

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