Reviewed: Is the Crenova XPE460 LED Video Projector worth buying?

by Jane on June 15, 2016

The Crenova XPE460 LED Video Projector is a budget model. Here we will tell you what and what you shouldn’t expect, as well as the things we personally liked and didn’t like about this model.

If you end up buying this projector keep in mind at the time of writing this review in 2016 the model was priced in the neighborhood of 100 dollars. We don’t know the extent of your experience with projectors. Maybe you have never owned one. Maybe one night you were at a friend’s house watching a movie and you really enjoyed it? So we want to make sure you understand the Crenova Projector model we are reviewing here is a “budget” model. So if you happened to watch a movie on your friend’s 1080p resolution $1000 projector comparing this one here to that, this is not comparing apples to apples.

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What we do like

Crenova XPE460 LED Video Projector review

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Efficient LED Light Source

The majority of projectors made today still use a traditional bulb/lamp as a light source. The Crenova XPE460 projector runs on a LED (1200 lumen) light source. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these sources, however, it is our opinion the advantages of having an LED are greater.

From our experience when comparing LED to traditional lamps, we find the LED usually has better color quality and is able to produce a larger image from the same distance away from the screen. Another very convenient the provides is a longer life. Traditional bulbs usually provide between 4,000 – 5,000 hours of life. After dying out a replacement bulb will typical cost (depending on the bulb needed) somewhere between $15 and 100+ dollars

LED light source of the Crenova XPE460 has a lifetime of 20,000 hours, which is 4-5 times greater compared to what the majority of traditional lamps offer.

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Dwarfs screen size capabilities of HDTV

If you want a big 100+ inch screen for movies or gaming you would be paying out the butt for a  HDTV this size. Projectors are definitely the better economical choice for a person who wants to go large.

This Crenova Movie/Gaming Projector model can produce up to a 130-inch image. Considering the low price this is a very impressive capability.

The specifications on the throw distance. At 1.2 meters away from the screen (or 4 feet) the image size produced will be about a 37-inch diagonal. At 3.8 meters away (or about 12.5 feet) this model will produce a 130-inch screen image.

Now we will say this, if you decide you want to use the maximum 130-inch screen, the larger you go, the darker room environment you will want. This will help with the image quality.

Connectivity ports in the rear

Besides qualities related to picture quality, “connectivity” is another important consideration to take into account when deciding whether or not a projector will satisfy your needs.

Whether it be a HDTV, laptop, game console or a smartphone. We would venture to guess most people already know which external devices they want to be able to connect with.

The **good news** the Crenova XPE460 Projector provides very strong connectivity. Not only does it include HDMI ports but also it also allows a wireless connection to mobile devices such as an iPad or a smartphone.

There are a few devices, such as HDTV, Blu-ray, DVD that you will be able to connect, so the image below is not 100 percent complete but provides a good overview of the connectivity of this model.

Crenova XPE460 LED Video Projector review

Basically, if the external device you want to connect has an HDMI port then connecting it to this projector will be possible. Note about the wireless connection for smartphones and other mobile devices this will require a HDMI adapter which is not include with the purchase of this model.

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Any downside to buying Crenova XPE460 LED Video Projector?

This is a budget model, as we have already mentioned at the beginning of this review. For the price, it does provide some very strong capabilities. However, the resolution is 800 x 480 not that this is horrible but its not what most people would consider 1080p or 4K high resolution. In our opinion, for the low cost of ownership this is very acceptable.

On the upside this model is capable of displaying content from 1080p devices such as Blu-ray and HDTV the resolution though will be played down to 800 x 480.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Jake August 20, 2016 at 7:29 pm

Was wondering if you have any information on the bulb life of this projector? The product description at Amazon reads, 30,000 hours is this true?

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Jane August 21, 2016 at 2:47 pm

Hi Jake,

Not sure if Amazon have corrected this yet, it must be a typo but the bulb life is 3,000 hours not 30,000. Hope this helps.

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Hugh September 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

How is the audio? I want to be able to hear when I’m out in the backyard, smoking a cigar drinking my scotch!

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Jane September 6, 2016 at 9:48 pm

As with most all projectors you will want to book up an external audio source if you want high quality sound! 😛

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Des September 10, 2016 at 3:56 am

Led bulb lifespan usually in 20k-50k hrs . not typo. Even the one u review stated 20,000 hours.if on avg u use 5 hours. It can last almost 10 years. Imagine 50,000lifespan. Its more than 15 years if bulb does not develope other problem. If jane say its typo. Than their article states led lamp last 20000 was a typo than this report witjin their peril should be first corrected. But its true 20,000 hours are typically true ideally.

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Jane September 10, 2016 at 4:29 pm

Des, thanks for pointing out my mistake on the life of the LED. I must have been tired or confused on what model was in question. Of course the LED life is longer than the traditional bulb / lamp.

Sorry for the mistake.

You seem pretty knowledge. Would you ever like to right for us? We could talk about how you could benefit.

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Simon October 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

Can you recommend which wifi dongle is best to use for an iPad/iPhone?
I’m looking to purchase this projector very soon and I’d rather buy it as one package with the dongle as pay for extra postage.
Many thanks for your advice in advance.

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Gennel November 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm

We just bought this projector and my hubby is trying to connect it
To tv so he can see his football games. Having a little diffulty doing so.
Is there a step by step instruction for this?

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Jane November 7, 2016 at 12:10 am

Are you trying to connect it to the TV through the wireless application or through a cable (HDMI)?

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kitisha Lawrence December 2, 2016 at 12:21 am

Can i play 3d movies on here with my ps3

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Kevin March 17, 2017 at 12:46 am

My wife purchased a Bluetooth dongle to connect a wireless speaker to this unit. I cannot seem to access the Bluetooth through any of the projector’s menus, however. It looks like only a wired connection is possible with this model. Could you verify this or point me in the right direction? Thank you!

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Jane March 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm

This projector does not support wireless connections.

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Asad Durrani March 23, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Hi, You need to buy a bluetooth Transmitter to use bluetooth speakers with it, Just connect the transmitter into the 3.5 mm jack and your bluetooth speakers will work!

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Roger October 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm

Can you use this as an art projector for tracing art by using it mounted to a clamp tripod and projecting onto an artist table.

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Jane October 1, 2017 at 10:25 pm

Hi Roger, I don’t want to say yes you can but it seems in theory it would work. You probably already know this but in case you are not aware, there are projectors specifically built for tracing art and also light boxes. There are many in the same price range as the Crenova xpe460. Hope that helps.

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Roger October 3, 2017 at 7:42 pm

The art tracing projectors don’t seem to have functions allowing you to take a small 8mage and blow it up to a larger size to trace…or, do they?

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Jane October 4, 2017 at 10:05 am

So what you plan is to have your pictures on an external device connected to this projector and then project this images (large) on to paper to trace? I can’t pretend to understand because I have never used a projector for tracing pictures or art. I did search some youtube videos on this. Hopefully, I am not too far off on what you want to. Here’s some videos that might be useful.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZBNFit7rAo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7j4xGHk1ao
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEYHfdc504A

I would actually love to see the pictures you produce by using a projector. If you remember and have the time to share.

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