VANKYO Leisure 470 HD Mini Wifi Projector with Roku Express Review

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  • Impressive picture quality 
  • Sleek and compact design
  • Intuitive setup process
  • Abundant input/output options
  • Roku Express included


  • 4K not natively supported
  • Batteries not included for VANKYO remote

Our Rating

8 / 10

Entertainment centers – which typically include speakers, televisions, digital media players, gaming consoles, and streaming sticks – have become the most important gathering area in every home. Consumer-grade projectors remain a compelling replacement for these costly setups, and the VANKYO Leisure 470 HD Mini Wifi Projector with Roku Express included, sets new bars for quality and portability that will allow you to take the full-featured cinematic experience with you. Let's take a closer look at its all-in-one feature set and key specifications.

This is a sponsored article and was made possible by VANKYO. The actual contents and opinions are the sole views of the author, who maintains editorial independence, even when a post is sponsored.

Unboxing and Setup

Unboxing the VANKYO Leisure 470 HD Mini Wifi Projector with Roku Express was effortless and straightforward. The neatly-designed modular packaging style inspires confidence in the brand and the product overall. The product comes with two remotes: one for the projector, and one for the Roku Express streaming stick attachment, which is packaged separately.

Vankyo Leisure 470 Box

Both remotes feel premium and ergonomic, featuring tactile buttons that deliver a satisfyingly audible "click" sound with each press. The Roku Express remote comes included with two AAA batteries, but when it comes to the VANKYO remote, batteries are unfortunately not included.

Vankyo 470 Unboxed

Since the VANKYO Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector is meant to move with you, a removable hard plastic lens cover is also provided. As someone who takes great care of my devices, the inclusion of the protective cover brought me great satisfaction.

Vankyo 470 Lens

Beneath the user manual, I also uncovered a cleaning kit, complete with a white microfiber cloth and five cotton swabs. VANKYO goes the extra mile when it comes to providing essentials for user care, and this is not something that should be overlooked.

The complete list of contents in the box are as follows:

  • VANKYO Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector (White)
  • VANKYO Leisure 470 User Manual
  • VANKYO remote
  • AC power cord
  • Plastic lens cover
  • Roku Express streaming device with optional mounting adhesive
  • Roku Express Quick Start Guide
  • Roku remote
  • Micro-USB power adapter
  • Micro-USB power cord
  • HDMI cord
  • 2x AAA batteries

Design and Specs: Movie Magic on the Move

The VANKYO Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector features a sleek structure, complete with gently-curved edges and a tasteful 3D molded stripe pattern along the perimeter of the cube-shaped form factor. Modest air vents flank the left and right sides of the projector. This prevents overheating by regulating device temperature via a dual-fan design. Two knobs located above the projector lens are lightly knurled to enhance grip, allowing you to manually adjust the keystone and focus for ideal image quality, no matter the ambient lighting conditions.

The same buttons you will find on the VANKYO remote control are readily accessible along the top of the unit. The power button even illuminates to maintain legibility in the dark. The power button will illuminate red if the unit is unable to draw enough electricity to turn on. This was especially helpful when testing the VANKYO outdoors using portable power solutions.

Vankyo Specs Collage

Another vent houses a built-in stereo speaker that produces surprisingly high-fidelity sound, given the projector's overall small footprint. The projector features a native resolution of 720p, but 1080p upscaling is also supported. In my testing, this resulted in stellar picture quality. Thanks to the LED projector technology, colors are vivid and subjects appear distinct, due to its brilliant 3500:1 contrast ratio. Every VANKYO Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector also comes with a three-year warranty.

Key Features:

  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
  • Compatible with iOS and Android (Wi-Fi Sync for smartphone integration)
  • Expansive range of supported screen sizes: 39 - 250 inches (measured diagonally)

Size, Weight, and Power:

  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.7 x 2.8in (19.7 x 14.5 x 7.1cm)
  • Weight: 2.2lbs. (1kg)
  • Power Supply: AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz


  • Display type: LCD
  • Light source: LED (120 lumens)
  • Lamp lifespan: estimated 50,000 hrs.
  • Aspect ratio: 4:3/16:9/Auto
  • Native resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Keystone correction: ±15

Input/Output Ports:

  • 2x HDMI input
  • 1x USB port
  • 1x AV input
  • 1x SD card slot
  • 1x 3.5mm audio jack

Supported Media:

  • Photo formats: BMP/JPG/PNG/JPEG
  • Video formats: AVI/MP4/MKV/FLV/MOV/RMVB/3GP/MPEG/H.264/XVID
  • Video input signals: 576i/720p/1080i/1080p
  • Audio formats: MP3/WMA/MP2/AAC/FLAC/PCM
  • Speaker: 3W/4ohm

Portable Cinema Setup Process

Setting up the VANKYO Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector could not have been easier. With its built-in power supply, you simply plug in the AC power cord to the projector, attach the other end to a wall outlet, and you are ready to sit back, relax, and watch. No clunky power blocks! The Roku Express streaming stick is powered by a micro-USB wall adapter and connects to the VANKYO Leisure 470 via an HDMI port.

Note that if you plan on taking the VANKYO Leisure 470 Mini Wifi Projector outdoors, you will want to ensure that you are close to a power outlet, or bring a portable power station along. The projector does not feature a built-in battery and will power off when unplugged.

Vankyo 470 Dark Project

I tested the VANKYO Leisure 470 primarily indoors using a grey mounted sheet as a screen. This worked wonders, but you can also point the device at a blank wall or the ceiling for extra convenience. I tested these methods as well, and they worked sufficiently. While television screen sizes are typically limited to 85 inches or less, I can stretch my content to fill a projection size of up to 250 inches, measured diagonally on the VANKYO Leisure 470.

Vankyo Front Lens

The ceiling method is ideal when lying in bed or meditating, and the blank wall method is ideal for instances when you may not have a screen, such as outdoors. The VANKYO Leisure 470 also features a small kickstand that can be adjusted accordingly to angle the device based on your preferences and relative viewing environment.

Built-in Roku Express Streaming Player

The VANKYO Leisure 470 comes bundled with a Roku Express smart TV device that offers access to a vast library of over 4,000 streaming apps, including popular favorites, such as Amazon Prime Video, Max (previously HBO Max), Apple TV+, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and YouTube. Some apps even allow you to stream 300+ live TV channels, live news, sports, music, and movies for free. The included Roku remote even features quick toggles for Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV, and Disney+.

Vankyo 470 Roku

The Roku Express features automatic software updates, ensuring access to the latest features, and support for private listening via headphones with the Roku companion app available for iOS and Android.

Final Thoughts

The VANKYO Leisure 470 HD Mini Wifi Projector with Roku Express Streaming Player remains an incredible deal for anyone looking to level up their entertainment at just $139. Keep in mind that a Roku Express can be purchased standalone for $29.99, so you are gaining more than a compact projector. You are purchasing a ticket to an immersive large-scale cinematic experience with stereo sound, diverse I/O options, and access to your favorite content at your fingertips. An experience that you can take with you wherever you roam.

Brahm Shank
Brahm Shank

Self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur and tech enthusiast Brahm Shank is captivated by the impact of consumer tech: “It’s profoundly moving when people discover that the phone in their pocket or the tiny computer on their wrist has the power to enrich their lives in ways they never imagined.” Apple, Inc. and its unique position at the intersection of technology and the creative arts, resonates deeply with Brahm and his passion for helping people unleash their potential using technology. Over the years, Brahm has held various podcasts - including famed technologist David Pogue of The New York Times on topics such as Big Tech and digital wellness.

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