Behind the Rubiks Cube Design hides a surprisingly versatile Android based Mini DLP Projector that not only offers great image quality but also advance set of features.
|Specs||Doogee Smart Cube P1|
|Chipset||Amlogic Quad Core|
|Memory||RAM: 1 GB
ROM: 8 GB eMMC
Supports MicroSD up to 64 GB
|OS||Android 4.4 Kitkat|
|Projection||Resolution: 854 x 480 pixels
TI Digital Light Processing (DLP)
OSRAM LED Light
30,000 LED hours
Throw Distance: up to 3.3 meters
Contrast ratio: 800:1
Green Technology (No radiation emitted)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz WiFi, Wireless Display (Miracast), DLNA
MicroUSB 2.0, USB 2.0
|Features||Multiple Sync screens, Mobile Office,|
|Interface||1x MicroSD Card Slot
1x USB 2.0 Port
1x MicroUSB 2.0 Port
|Dimensions||62 x 62 x 62 mm
|Battery||built-in 3.8v 4800mAh (Powerbank mode or Reverse Charging)|
|Doogee P1 DLP retails at $185 – buy now
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(In-depth Review, May 28, 2016) From what I knew, DooGee is a Smartphone Manufacturer, in fact, I did review their DooGee F3 Pro just recently. Now, is slightly different, the DooGee Cube P1 is a Mini Projector, and by far the best Mini Projector I have tested. Interestingly, it looks more like a toy rather than a projector and I think, that is one of its biggest appeal. The small form factor also hides a well equipped projector. You’ll be surprised by powerful this Small Projector is.
Novelty Design and overall good build quality
One of the DooGee Cube P1’s biggest appeal is it’s look, it is also fairly compact and basically hides all its features. It is also well built, a combination between a strong aluminum frame and plastic. The plastic part is mainly on the areas with ventilation holes. The compact structure with 62 mm dimensions on all sides, making it very portable, in fact, it is easy to carry and set up. Also the placement of the LED projector bulb is perfectly placed for optimal projection image.
Few Peripheral connectivity but Wireless as priority
Speaking of Peripherals, all are hidden with a removable knob design that hides the Standard USB 2.0 port and the MicroUSB Port for charging. I know, that is all you get in terms of Peripheral connectivity, a bit frugal but most of the time, you will use the WiFi and Bluetooth of the device.
Straightforward start-up but not without hitches
The first start-up was relatively quick and easy, the projector will give you clear instruction with regards to the Remote App. But here’s the kicker, after you scan the QR Bar code, it will redirect you to a site. The issue, is that the site is mostly very slow and mostly down, through persistence, I was able to download the DooGee Remote App, but it did frustrate me.
Simple Remote App that works every time
The DooGee Remote App connects easily and you just need to scan the QR code, and then, the App will automatically detect the Projector and connect to it. This is via WiFi so basically, your phone and Projector are now tethered.
Speaking of Hardware, It’s an Android based Projector
Looking at the main website of DooGee, I was wondering on why they presented the Projector as a PC. I was surprised that the hardware underneath is indeed android based, specifically Android 4.4 Kitkat. The Chipset is Amlogic with about 1 GB RAM and 8 GB internal storage.
Speaking of Performance, I did not stress the system as much, I just used the built in Google Chrome browser and streamed Youtube and also movies via USB Stick. Overall, no lags or slowdowns, but I will be taking a deeper look at the webrowsing later on.
Additional functions include OTG support for Peripheral devices such as mouse and keyboard and also USB Stick. However, when I tested it, I was only able to use a single mouse or Keyboard but not both connected to a USB Hub, it doesn’t appear to work.
Packed with Wireless Connectivity
Not much in terms of Peripheral connectivity but the device features some advance Wireless connectivity options.
Miracast. Another term is “Wireless Display”, if you have a phone or tablet that supports such functions, you can use this option to mirror everything you are doing. But it is not a perfect system, there is an apparent delay and a degree of choppiness especially when videos are played.
DLNA. This option is viable on iOS 9 and later. Meaning Apple devices are supported here. This is the same with Miracast, you can mirror everything you do on your iPhone, iPad or a Macbook. But the system still is limited, delay and lag is noticeable.
Use the Projector as a Mini PC, not that Straightforward
You can connect a Wireless USB based Mouse and Keyboard and connect the device directly to the internet. But it’s really not that straightforward. What I mean is, you can connect but you have to use your Remote device (phone, tablet) and use the app to connect to the Internet. You can’t just use the WiFi of the Projector directly and connect it to the WiFi itself.
Download: DooGee Remote App
It’s mobile and Playstore Works
Speaking of Webrowsing, you have at your disposal Google Chrome built in. But it’s mobile version and every site you go in will go by-default on the mobile site. But you do have the option to download apps via Playstore, it all works fine without any issues.
Good Quality Image Projection and Good built-in Speakers
It is equipped with a TI DLP (Digital Light Processing) Technology with about 70 lumens/3 W bulb on a OSRAM LED (rated up to 30,000hrs of LED Life). The image has a ratio of 16:9 and has a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. On my test, watching movies was overall a pleasing experience. Colors appear accurate and the brightness levels are adequate enough, good for a Small Room. About a foot or 2, the brightness levels drops, but image quality still is acceptable. What I did like is that, you don’t need to elevate the device, you can just it on a table and it will project the image perfectly.
It also has built-in speakers, while the sound quality isn’t really top notch, the volume range is good and cover’s most of the ambient noise, and that is including the fan on the Projector. On a small room with about 3 to 5 people, you can easily enjoy a movie, there is also no option for external speakers because there is no 3.5mm Audio Port available.
Powerbank mode, Battery Life and Noise
The 4800mAh Battery is good enough for about 3 hours (on paper), on my test, I was able to get close to that number, 2 hours and 40 minutes is still good, and this is done with volume set on full and I was watching a movie via USB Stick.
You can also use the it as a Powerbank, I did test this option and works without any issues. On another note, Noise especially on the built in Fan can be heard but it’s really not very noticeable. Meaning, the Speakers can easily mask the noise.
Conclusion: Surprisingly Good Mini Projector that hides itself as a Rubik’s Cube
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much of the projector and it did surprise me quite a bit. I had my fair share of Mini Projectors but never did interest me. Aside from the unique design, what really impressed me was how versatile the device is. Even though it doesn’t have much peripheral connectivity options, the Wireless options compensate for it. Also you can use it as a PC, and the Android based system works great without any issues, the included codec is also plenty, it supports plenty of video formats . The Projection image is also great and watching movies is enjoyable and best enjoyed on a small room. The Powerbank option is also a big plus and Portability, is also one of its biggest asset, you can bring it anywhere.
But not all good can be said, one of my biggest gripe is the website they put the App in. Furthermore, Wireless Display works (Miracast and DLNA) but still needs work.
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Strengths of DooGee Cube P1:
- Novelty Design (Rubiks Cube type reference)
- Android Based DLP Projector
- Equipped with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB Storage
- Great Image Quality (Projection Image)
- Good Built-in Speakers
- Low Fan noise
- Well ventilated system
- Powerbank Mode
- More or less 3 hours usage (4800mAH Battery)
- Supports OTG Mode
- Very Portable and light
- Can be used as a PC
- Supports iOS and Android
- Limited Connectivity Options (Peripheral)
- Wireless Display needs work (Lags and hitches)
- Remote App Website down most of the time
|Doogee P1 DLP retails at $185 – Buy Now
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