iRulu BL20: A Decent 1080p Projector For ~$160 USD
Written by Michael Larabel in Monitors on 4 December 2016. Page 2 of 2. 11 Comments

From a hardware perspective, my main complaint is that the two HDMI ports are positioned too close to each other that if using an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku device, it will likely end up blocking the secondary HDMI port unless using an extender or short cable so any bulky adapters aren't against the housing.

As far as the quality goes, when mounting this projector from the ceiling and shining it down at an angle, the clarity wasn't too great with either getting into focus the top or bottom of the projected screen but rather difficult getting it uniformly clear: something the older projector did a better job at was its focus. But when having it shine straight ahead, it was easier to focus it for better clarity.

This projector did a fine job with displaying text such as for a presentation or web page, but certainly not as good as the more expensive HD projectors. It does a fine job though at displaying video content and movies where you don't need to be reading crystal clear text. It should also work out fine if you want it for a massive display while gaming.

When connecting it to Linux systems via HDMI I didn't run into any issues or faulty EDID or other troubles that were more of a problem with hardware/drivers years ago.

Overall, I'm content with the purchase. The quality is decent for the price of just $165 USD, it's better overall than an old 800 x 600 VGA projector, and seems to be getting the job done just fine. Those interested in this iRulu BL20 projector this holiday season can find it at Amazon.com.

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