- Wi-FI & Bluetooth compatibility
- Great image quality
- Includes screen & tripod
- Not Compatible with Google Pixel devices
- Not compatible with home theater systems using RCA or optical output
Digital projectors have become widely popular throughout households in recent years. They are no longer reserved for classrooms and fancy conference meetings at work. And, thanks to brands like AuKing, a portable projector can be very affordable.
Although I often believe you get what you pay for, I was pleasantly surprised with the performance of AuKing's 1080P 4K Projector with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. In fact, I'd say it's well worth the final price of $169 (or even the $269.99 MSRP) for anyone who would like a home projector that can connect to many different devices.
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Unboxing the AuKing Projector
The AuKing 1080p 4K projector came in a nice little box with a carrying handle. The package was clearly labeled and listed everything included in the box. I knew which cables and accessories to expect before I opened it. The box was also easy to open, and I could quickly pull out everything I needed.
The following is included:
- The AuKing projector
- Lens cap
- Power cord
- 1x HDMI cable
- 1x AV Cable
- 100" fabric projector screen
- Remote control (batteries not included)
- Small tripod
The box also included a small set of instructions. Each cable and small component was neatly wrapped and easy to distinguish. The fabric screen inside the box also provided extra protection for the projector itself. There was minimal padding or wasted materials inside the box.
The projector is fairly simple in design. A few buttons and focus options are built into the projector itself, but you can also use the remote to make changes to the display. It is very lightweight, making it easy to transport or lift to hang from a ceiling.
Unfortunately, no AAA batteries come with the remote. I have seen other manufacturers include batteries, so I felt a bit disappointed. Thankfully, I had some spare batteries on hand, otherwise it would have meant a trip to the store before I could even use the projector to its full potential.
This small issue aside, I was able to open the box and begin setup within just a couple of minutes.
Set Up With (Almost) Any Device
Once you unpack the AuKing 1080P 4K Projector, there's not much setup involved to reach an operational point. Plug in the projector, add batteries to your remote, and turn it on. From here, you have to select your language and connect to your home Wi-Fi network, and you're ready to begin using it.
The AuKing 1080P 4K Projector boasts compatibility with nearly any device through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and wired connectivity. Naturally, I wanted to test this for myself once I got the projector plugged in and performed the basic setup tasks.
For wired connectivity, the AuKing projector offers a total of two HDMI ports, one AV connection, two USB ports, and a headphone jack. I didn't fully understand why these ports were needed, but I suppose it's always better to have more ports than not enough.
Between myself and another family member, I had four different devices available to connect: an Android phone (Google Pixel 7a), an iPad, a Windows Laptop (Dell), and a MacBook Air.
I first tried the Android phone. This device was challenging to connect for a variety of reasons. The directions didn't specify which Android devices were or were not compatible, just that you needed to have a screen mirroring setting available. However, I quickly realized that the connectivity directions provided for Android phones did not match any settings I had on my Pixel.
I performed a Google search to see if I could find video tutorials from other Android users, and this helped me identify some menu options to try. However, I could never get the AuKing projector to appear as an available device for my phone to connect using Chromecast.
To AuKing's credit, they do say that your phone must offer screen mirroring to work with the projector. Most Android phones (except Google Pixels) offer this feature, and you can quickly check for it before ordering this device.
Next, I decided to switch to iOS and try the iPad's Wi-Fi connectivity. Once again, the steps didn't precisely match the directions provided, but they were close enough for me to figure it out.
Unlike with the Android device, I could connect the projector to my iPad over Wi-Fi. I played a YouTube video to test how well the Wi-Fi connectivity worked (see the next section for more on performance).
After a brief intermission to enjoy my YouTube video, I tested both the Windows and Mac laptops. Both devices were able to connect via Wi-Fi with zero issues. I also tested the HDMI connectivity with the Windows laptop and found it easy to plug and play.
Quality Performance From Video and Audio
Before I even connected a device to the AuKing projector, I could see it provided a quality picture. When I projected it onto my wall, the display seemed bright, crisp, and easy to read.
The projector has a fabric screen designed well for outdoor use, but it can be attached to a wall using Command hooks (one set included). In my opinion, though, a blank wall worked just as well (see images).
This is a 1080p projector that boasts three times the brightness over the competition, and I can say that the display quality was excellent with anything I tried. The text from YouTube and other apps is readable. I could also see everything I needed while watching a brief video using the projector. I played a Carpool Karaoke clip from YouTube and didn't notice any significant issues in video quality.
If you notice any issues with the image quality or sizing, though, you can use the built-in features to make adjustments. For example, the 4P/6D digital correction ensures your viewing space is a perfect rectangle, while the adjustments on the lens itself can help with the angle of the image projection.
If using the projector inside, try covering the windows if possible, but it still worked even in a fully lit room. Also, try positioning the projector at least some distance from the display wall to improve the picture quality.
The audio quality was mostly fine. It wasn't the best quality, but that's to be expected from a small projector discounted below $200. In my opinion, having built-in speakers is a perk, since not all projectors do.
If you don't like the audio quality, though, you do have the option of hooking up the projector to an external speaker. Since the device supports Bluetooth connectivity, you can link it to any compatible Bluetooth speaker. You can also use the headphone jack to hook to external audio, but this may not be ideal in most scenarios, especially if the projector is ceiling mounted.
Overall, I was fairly impressed with the AuKing 1080P 4K Projector. The video and audio quality both worked well for personal use. I also didn't notice any delay between the video and audio from my devices over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. I think this device would work well for backyard movie nights or home theater setups, and it could also work for company conference rooms or event spaces that need a simple projector for videos or presentations.
My only complaint was the difficulty I experienced connecting the projector and my Google Pixel 7a. However, since AuKing did specify that not all Android devices were compatible, I do not feel this would be a problem for a user who thoroughly researches product compatibility before purchasing.
If you're ready to pick up one of these, you can order the AuKing Projector from Amazon for just $169 between the Amazon Prime price and a $30 longtime coupon.
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