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Vankyo LEISURE 3 3600 LUX LED Portable Projector Review

REVIEW – The Vankyo LEISURE 33600 LUX LED Portable Projector is a low-cost, portable, easy to use a digital projector with a good amount of input options. At a price of $109.99 Canadian Dollars, the Vankyo LEISURE 3 does what it’s supposed to do, but don’t expect too much from it. I have included, that saying Dolby Digital sound you can gain access to it by using a good Android TV box or AppleTV 4K.

The Vankyo LEISURE 3 can’t compete on any level with those high-end projectors. This projector costs only $109.99 CAN for a reason. The build quality included features, and picture quality is not bad. But, you get what you pay for, and there are a few instances where purchasing a projector of this calibre makes sense.

The Vankyo LEISURE 3 comes in a really nice strong cardboard box with a carrying handle. This box would make a great case if the Vankyo did not add a cool carrying case.

The carrying case is great with good quality, it makes the Vankyo stand out very much from other projectors in this price range.

The case has internal Velcro straps to keep the projector safe, a separate adjustable section for the extra cables and remote, and a sleeve for the manual and paperwork.

The Components

  • Vankyo LEISURE 3
  • Quick start guide and manual
  • Remote control (batteries not included)
  • Power cable
  • VGA cable
  • RCA to 3.5mm video cable
  • Standard HDMI cable

Projector Specs

  • LED Brightness: 3600 LUX
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  • Keystone: ±15 degree
  • Lamp Life: 40000 hrs
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3\16:9\Auto
  • Projection Size: 33 inches Max size 170 inches
  • Native Resolution: 800 x 480 (( 480 P ))
  • Display Technique: LCD

Vankyo LEISURE 3 can accept video input from a few sources. The included cables let you input video from an HDMI source, a computer with a VGA output, and I have to let you know VGA only works for videos and not sound. An RCA video output, a MicroSD Card Slot That Can read up to 32 GB and USB 2.0 Source, But you’re only given three included cables, you need to buy additional adapter cables to be able to input video from your iPhone, Android device, or newer laptop.

You can also output audio from the projector to an external speaker or Headphones. The internal speaker on the Vankyo works OK in a quiet room or if there isn’t a lot of background noise. The fan on the Vankyo is pretty impressive in how quiet it is. You know it’s running, but it doesn’t really affect the viewing experience.

The USB input is what I found most useful. If you format a USB stick with movies, music, or images and insert it into the USB slot, the Vankyo can access the folders with an initial file system. By using a low profile 32GB USB stick, I was able to pack up the Vankyo projector along with about 12 movie files for outdoor viewing on a recent camping trip.

The remote for the Vankyo proved useful at times, but since the Vankyo works best in absolute darkness, I found myself wishing it had a light-up feature to help make the keys visible. Additionally, the IR receiver for the remote is on the back of the projector, so if you’re sitting adjacent to or in front of the projector, the remote is useless.

Setting up the Vankyo LEISURE 3 is pretty easy. Just plug in the power cord, connect your video source, power on the projector and you should have image projecting. Once you figure it out, the rest of your setup time will be spent on trying to get the best picture and focus.

Focus can be adjusted with the Focus dial on top of the projector or by turning the lens itself. The Keystone adjuster allows you to adjust vertically, about 15% which at first I found frustrating, but after a few try it is very easy to play with, which I have shown in the video review.

For my testing, I set up a screen using an off white wall paint and had the projector about five feet away projecting an image comparable to a 90-inch television.

I have tried it out a few movies and I have to say if you are in the darker room it looks not bad, with the exception of some pixels if you are very near to the wall.

when I tried this out in a very bright room I had alot of fading, while it was natural light and some Ambien Light.

but when I tried this with some light the difference is in front of you.

so I have tried to play a video when it was a little dark.

I have tried to check the sound quality when I had no music or sound on, just regular noise from the fan

With full burst sound directly from the Projector speakers with the fan noise, this is my readings.

What I like

  • Very easy to set up
  • Inexpensive
  • Included carrying case

Needs improved

  • No support for PowerPoint, Word, or Excel (( due to huge pixels ))
  • Mediocre picture quality and focus
  • No included smartphone cables/adapter

My final thoughts

The Vankyo LEISURE 3 2400 LUX LED Portable Projector is a 480P Projector product at best, but some of its shortcomings are offset by its low cost. The Vankyo functions properly, but it lacks options offered in a number of other products in its class, this might qualify as a good novelty purchase, but you’d be better off investing a little more money in a more versatile, higher quality projector like a 720P or 1080P quality.

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