FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector

by Jane on February 19, 2015

Is this affordable LED Projector worth it? 

After testing the quality and functionality FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector for ourselves we decided to read online to learn what other people have said about this model before writing our review. As you can see above, many people have taken the time to rate this model.

At Amazon, we found two very well written and informative reviews. The first was very positive and gave this model a 5-star rating. The second was somewhat critical and ended up giving this model a 3-star rating.

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We not only want to tell you what we learned from own our personal experience using the FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector but also address a couple of the opposing opinions we found in the two reviews mentioned above.

See customer reviews and price at AMAZON.

The positive vs the negative review

Which one do we agree with? Actually, we disagree and agree with parts of both. However, the Amazon reviewer who gave this model a 5-star rating, takes price into consideration. This is a cheap LED projector! It’s not a $1000 projector!!!

We believe all online product ratings need to take into account price and product description. Meaning, the quality, performance and features in an such an inexpensive model shouldn’t be rated based on a comparison to higher priced models. If a product lives up to everything stated and promised in the product description then doesn’t it deserve a high (4 or 5) star rating?

From our experience using it

When the FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector arrived at our home. We opened the box, it was not damaged, there were no missing parts. In the box was a remote control, composite A/V cable, power adapter and user guide. Just as the product description said.

All the connections ports as described were present: HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V, Component, S-Video, headphone/stereo jack. All were intact and functional.

See customer reviews and price at AMAZON.

FAVI RioHD LED 2 Mini Projector review

Critical reviewer made their mistake

While we can’t disagree with what this Amazon reviewer said, we do disagree with how they said it. It’s unfair to buy the the inexpensive FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector  but then review as if the quality and performance levels should be on par with a $1000 1080p high definition projector.

For example – the native resolution of the FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector is 640 x 480. This is definitely not equal to 1080p high resolution. However, clearly stated in the product description is the native resolution 640 x 480. But the person being critical in their seems to be stuck on talking down at the resolution level.

We can’t disagree with their words but we do have to wonder why a person would by a product that doesn’t fit their expectations and then turn around and be critical of the resolution level when it’s clearly stated in the product description? Complete nonsense! Did they not take the time to read before they made their purchase?

This video shows what 640 x 480 resolution look like.

The video above provides a good example of how 640 x 480 resolution looks. It’s not high definition. But if you want to view movies or play games on a big screen (100 inches +) and you’re on a budget this isn’t terrible resolution. It’s not like you will be watching 1 one pixel video from a cell phone.

What we learned from using it 

We think brightness is a factor when setting up the image size.

The brighter the room (lights on, day light) the close you will need to sit the FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector to the screen or wall you will be projecting your image on and this means the small the image will be.

If you are using it in a completely lite room you will need to have the projector 3 to 5 feet from the screen to produce a bright enough image. And this will only give you a 25 to 42 inch screen image. Doesn’t sound good, right? Yes, we agree.

However, the performance of this projector increases as the lights dim.

The darker the room the further you will be able to sit this projector away from the screen and the larger the image it will be able to produce. Works great if you already plan to watch movies or a use a game console (PS2, Xbox, Wii, etc) in dim or darkroom. You will be able to produce a screen image of 100-120 inches.

If you want a budget LED projector, the  FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector is a good choice. Great for kids in the basement.

See customer reviews and price at AMAZON.



VS. the FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector

Of course you can barely read the names or the prices of the projectors listed above. My tech guy took the day off. So below will have listed the names of these alternative models and provided links to how they compare:

  • Fugetek FG-637 Advanced HD Port Ready LCD Projector
  • Favi J5-LED-PICO Portable 3D Projector
  • ViewSonic PJD5132 SVGA DLP Projector

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

John August 30, 2016 at 9:44 am

Will I be able to hook up and use this Favi projector up to my laptop for streaming NetFlix?


Jane August 30, 2016 at 11:19 am

Yes, As long as your laptop has a VGA or HDMI port and you have the right cables and almost all do.


Steve August 31, 2016 at 1:59 am

I lost the remote this projector comes with and need to change the “input” is there any way to do this without the remote?


Jane August 31, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Hi, John

We hate to tell you this but it seems as changing the input source does require use of the remote. We do not see any source buttons on the projector itself.


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