With the recent spike in the amount of ‘budget’ tech that’s being sold, it was only a matter of time before projectors joined the crew. And I for one, am very happy that they did. I mean, what’s not to like about them? You get a huge screen that you can turn on or off, and you get to enjoy your media/games like never before. But do budget projectors actually offer that? Well, some do, some don’t – and today we’re going to find out if the DBPower T22 is worth it.
Projector vs TV
Before we get started, I just want to make a few things clear for anyone who is wanting to buy a projector. If you are familiar with how they work, feel free to skip this section. If you’re not, here’s what you need to know.
Unlike TVs, projectors aren’t backlighted, meaning that daylight (and similar light sources) will bother them, sometimes up to a point where they’re unusable. There are some countermeasures, but since we’re trying to stay on a budget, there’s no point of recommending you a several hundred dollar projector screens.
However, if a projector is good, and you make your room setup equally as good, you’re in for a treat. Because no TV can immerse you as much as a big projection can (at least at the sub-$10,000 range).
And unlike the TV, which you can just put or hang anywhere, you need to make room for your projector. You either need a blank wall or a projector screen/sheet, as well as a space to mount/set-up your projector.
With that in mind, here’s the review of this portable projector:
About the DBPower T22
As mentioned, budget tech is all the rage nowadays, and projectors have decided to join up. This one in particular promises quite a lot for its price range. Quality picture, clear and loud sound, long-lasting, compatible… lots of big words are being thrown around. Let’s put that to a test then shall we? But before we do, let’s find out who DBPower really are?
What is the company that makes the projector?
I usually start all of my reviews by introducing you to the company, but in this case, there isn’t much to say. Unfortunately. The company seems to be based in China and distribute their products via Amazon. Sadly, their official website doesn’t have any info regarding the company (except address and contacts), so I can’t say much here. This isn’t very encouraging for me personally, but it is what it is.
DBPower T22 Features
As mentioned, the T22 promises a lot. Let’s break everything down and see how it actually does. Please keep in mind, that everything in this review corresponds to the fact that this is a budget, sub-$200 projectors. So when I say that something is good or bad, it doesn’t mean when compared to all projectors. I’m talking about what can be expected for the price.
This portable projector is advertised as having ‘bright and clear images’ as well as being the ‘no.1 choice for in-home entertainment’. And honestly, it does its job right in this field. The projectors go up to 1080P, which is more than enough for casual viewing. The picture will look very good if you are sitting in a dark room but really suffers when there’s a lot of light sources in the room. Since it’s kind of assumed that you will be in a dark room when using this, I can let this slide. The picture looks good and will be more than enough for the casual user.
A significant problem with many budget projectors is the fact that you need to pair them up with a good sound system in order to get that home-theatre feeling. This one, however, has a built-in speaker, advertised as being loud. And I can attest to that. The Hi-Fi speaker will more than likely enough cover the entire room. If you do have a set of speakers you want to plug in, there is, of course, the 3.5mm audio jack just for that. But the DBPower T22 will likely be more than enough out of the box for your everyday use.
The overall build quality feels sturdy, yet not premium. But it’s a projector, not a smartphone, so I consider this a plus. The dimensions are 6.77 x 8.58 x 3.6 in, and it weighs 4.65 lbs. Portable. The projection bulb’s advertised lifespan is 50,000 hours. Which is absurd, if proven to be true. So if you keep this thing on for 12 hours a day, the LED lamp would last for close to 12 years! This is more than double of what most competitors advertising. I can’t say how likely that is to happen, but I believe they wouldn’t just blatantly lie about something like this.
As a budget projector, this one lacks in usability features, sadly. It’s not recommended you do any sort of business or academic presentations using this projector. It doesn’t support Dolby (which is normal), but the thing that I mind the most is that you need an external WiFi dongle to use a smartphone with it. Since it works via HDMI, you can ‘smart’ it up by using a Chromecast or any similar product, which kinda works. Still, bummer.
You do get a 1-year warranty and lifetime technical support according to their Amazon description, which is good.
DBPower T22 Review – Conclusion
Is the DBPower T22 worth it?
If you want a short answer – yes.
If you want a long answer…
Yes, but be aware that you are buying a budget projector. Business or industrial projectors that you are probably familiar with cost several thousand dollars, while this little guy will cost you sub $200. Any sane person will understand what this means. If your expectations are correctly set, however, this is a recommended purchase. You’ll likely have to make some adjustments (darkening the room and such) to make everything feel ‘right’, but once you do, you’ll be pleased with your purchase. At $169, this is a product that delivers what it promises. If you are a casual user, or just want to try out a projector setup in your room, I wholeheartedly recommend this.