Favi Riohd LED 2 mini projector review

by Jane on July 12, 2015

Is it the best 2015 budget mini projector

If you’re planning to buy the favi riohd led 2 mini projector (Price: $199.99) there are a few things you need to consider which we will review here. While we do believe this projector holds value at the under $200 price point, there are a few other choices we would like to recommend if you are willing to pay a bit extra.

 favi riohd led 2 mini projector review

Understanding the Technology

favi riohd led 2 mini projector reviewThis unit originally hit the market in 2011. In 2015, we are still hearing this unit being recommended to people looking to buy an inexpensive mini projector.

However, even though it’s still recommended the key you need to understand, “we are now living in the year 2015”. There have been tremendous improvement made in technology since.

With that said, we want to make it clear, our intention is not to dump on the favi riohd led 2 mini projector in this reviewWe are not telling you it’s not worth the $199.99 price. If $200 is the maximum you can spend this is one of the top choices.

As you can see from the ratings, the majority of users (5 and 4-stars) were satisfied with their purchase. But a significant number also were dissatisfied (1 and 2-stars) so which group do you believe?

After testing the projector in our home

It would be useful for you to read over what other customers had to say, both the good and bad reviews left on this model. From testing the model in our home we feel the overall performance is very much in-line with the product description.

Since it preforms as described, unless the product arrived at their doorstep broken in the box, we have a hard time understanding the 1 and 2-start ratings some customers have posted.

In our opinion, these low ratings are probably due to many people not actually understanding what they are buying.

What you need to understand

One possible common misunderstanding: This could be a huge reason for many of the lower ratings.

The product description is reads: Compatible with 1080p, 1080i and 720p resolutions. Then reads native resolution is 640 x 480.

Through the years of reviewing and talking about projectors we have experienced many instances where people don’t quite understand, the difference between compatible vs native resolution.

As in the product description of the favi riohd led 2 mini projector, when you read compatible with 1080p but native resolution is 640 x 480 what this actually means, a 1080p external device such as a Blu-Ray player can be connected to the projector and used, it’s compatible.

This causes confusion with some people, it leads them to believe when they connect a 1080p Blu-Ray that the image display will be displayed at the high definition 1080p resolution of the Blu-Ray. This is simply not true.

The truth is the image will be displayed at the lower native 640 x 480 resolution of this mini projector.

What we do like about this budget model

  • We like the price (under $200) it may very well be the best choice in 2015 at this price point.
  • Another thing we like is the brightest, while it may not be perfect to use in a well-lite bright room, you definitely will not need total darkness in order to see the projected image.

  • LED lighting the reason for the brightness but also brings is a lifetime of 20,000 hours. This is a huge money saver, when considering standard projector lamps on average have only a lifetime between 4000 – 5000 hours. You would need to buy 4-5 replacement bulbs in order to match the 20.000 hour lifetime of the LED lighting found in the favi riohd mini projector. A single replacement bulb can cost $100 or more. So you do the math.
  • Another positive about this model are the “ports”. HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V, S-Video, Audio out, Headphone jack.

The Bottom Line

As we have already mentioned, the favi riohd led 2 mini projector is an older model that has been around since 2011. Obviously, there have been technological advances since 2011. However, we would still recommend this model if your spending limit is $200.

If you can spend a little more $60 – 150 more than we would highly recommend you check out these newer models:  ASUS S1 LED Projector (Price: $282.18),  Celluon PicoPro Projector (Price: $331), RIF6 Cube Mini Projector (Price: $269.99).

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