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WowWee Cinemin Swivel Pocket Projector

Marc Davidson, December 9, 2009

The WowWee Technologies Cinemin Swivel, a half VGA (480 x 320), DLP-based pocket projector, is meant primarily for photos and video rather than data. Rated at 8 lumens and for a maximum 60-inch image, the actual maximum image size depends largely on ambient light and how long a session you plan to use it for. Welcome touches include a 2 hour 20 minute battery life and an audio output, so you can easily hear a movie as well as see it. A possibly unique ability to swivel the front half of the projector as much as 90 degrees upwards to project images on a ceiling helps make it one of the more interesting pocket projectors, at $300 street.

Advantages

Small, Light, and Highly Portable. Although the Cinemin Swivel is on the large side for a pocket projector, at .9- x 2.1- x 4.7-inches (HWD), or about the size of a generously-sized candy bar, it's still small and light enough, at 6.5 ounces, to fit comfortably in a shirt pocket. WowWee also includes a soft carrying case that's just large enough to hold the projector plus one set of video cables for a given type of connection.

Audio Output Jack. The small size of pocket projectors limits their audio systems and speakers so even at top volume the sound is hard to hear and easily drowned out by ambient noise. The Cinemin Swivel addresses that problem by adding an audio output jack. Plug in a headset (which you'll have to get separately) and you'll be able to hear reasonably high quality audio with a louder top volume than you'll probably want. Volume Up and Down buttons on the side of the projector make it easy to find a comfortable setting.

Excellent Flexibility for Power. One issue for any portable electronic device is the need for power. The Cinemin Swivel offers a 2 hour 20 minute battery life on a full charge -- long enough to watch most full length movies and significantly longer than much of the competition.

Just as important, when the battery dies, the projector offers a choice for what to do next. It uses a USB port for power (and for power only) and comes with a 3-foot USB cable that can connect from the projector to either a computer USB port or the projector's power block, which plugs into a wall socket. Either choice can recharge the battery or let you keep using the projector, but not both at the same time. WowWee says a full charge takes four hours using a power outlet and somewhat longer over a USB connection.

Another welcome touch is that WowWee includes a set of interchangeable wall plugs for the power block that work in North America, Europe (including UK), and Australia.

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Reader Comments(12 comments)

Posted Feb 15, 2010 6:00 AM PST

By silvio lopes

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Please, how can I buy a CINEMIN SWAP ? I can´t fint it to buy in nowhere. Thanks . Silvio

Posted Feb 17, 2010 1:46 AM PST

By ROSEMARIE

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can you tell me were I can get a cinemin swap

Posted Aug 17, 2010 3:15 PM PST

By MIchel Tadesse

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I lost my cinemin swivel iPod/iPhone adapter. Could you please recommend where I can buy only the adapter online

Thanks

Posted Aug 26, 2010 11:31 PM PST

By Chanel H

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you can purchase the cinemin swap and Brookstone stores or visit brookstone.com

Posted Sep 10, 2010 2:07 PM PST

By Glennis

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I just purchased the cinemin and it works well with my first generation iPhone but will not work with my 3Gs. Any suggestions as to a setting that I may have to change or some other problem that has caused this?

Posted Sep 13, 2010 8:07 PM PST

By Maticsg

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It should work with the 3Gs. Probably just unplug and plug the adapter back again.

Posted May 21, 2011 9:25 AM PST

By Marc Pease

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Using the Cinemin Swivel with my MacBook Pro it seems that the resolution settings are dramatically changed when using the VGA port and cable from Mac. What is the best setting ( resolution ) to utilize for optimum resolution with the Cinemin Swivel and does the resolution ( Mac System Preferences ) have to be changed back every time the Cinemin Swivel is removed from use?

Posted Jun 17, 2013 3:35 PM PST

By jesse mann

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Hello folks, I use the Cinemin primarily for tv viewing and movies in my camper during the summer. It is perfect, I mount it under the cabinet over the head of the bed and shine it on a large white window shade on the other wall. This is my 3rd. year and the projector has developed a serious amount of dark pixels. There is still a good image to look at but it is filled with hundreds of black spots. Is this repairable of should I be looking to replace?

Posted Oct 21, 2013 1:49 AM PST

By pchi nitta

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I've had the Cinemin Swivel for about 3 years. It probably has only 30 hours of projection time. It was fine about 8 months ago but it now has 10s of thousands of black pixels and a couple of thousand white pixels. All of the black pixels makes it look like the lens is dirty, but the lens is clean. Wrote to Wowwee 3 weeks ago, no response. Can this pixel problem be fixed? Pchi

Posted Sep 10, 2014 5:24 PM PST

By carlos

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I've seen the very same problem described by psi nitta and jesse mann. After a few years of very sparse use the image quality degraded very quickly over the two hours that took to watch a single movie. Now there are so many spots on the image that it is impossible to continue using it. Would be nice to know if there is a fix or not.

Posted Oct 18, 2014 1:31 PM PST

By Jamie

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My rarely used cinemin swivel has black snow covering the view. With a hand microscope, I can see thousands of white dust specks behind the lens causing the black snow to cover the projected view. Can this be fixed? Otherwise, save your money!

Posted Jul 26, 2016 11:16 AM PST

By Hector Tafoya

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I rarely use my Cinemin, but now there are so many spots on the image that it is impossible to continue using it. Do you have a fix for this????

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