Project life in 3D.
Projectors have become a norm in most homes nowadays to compliment home theater setups. Before projectors are simply tools that offered a way for you to see content in a larger scope. Now projectors have also joined the smart devices trend, offering an all-in-one solution for your home theater needs. One of which is Merlin’s 3D Projector Android.
Merlin’s 3D Projector Android isn’t your ordinary projector since it has features is as packed as any Android smartphone – yes, the projector runs on Android. This means the projector is now a media centre since it can also stream or play a plethora of media files right on the device.
The Merlin 3D Projector Android includes a VGA and HDMI inputs for video along with a SPDIF and 3.5 mm port for audio. Also present is a microSD card reader along with a Wi-Fi antenna and an Ethernet port. Also included is a remote control that doubles as a mouse-keyboard combo that easily lets you navigate through the projector’s menus with ease.
When using the Merlin 3D Projector Android, you are presented with blocks that resemble the menus, where you can easily select devices and files from where you would want to play your media files. Everything is properly laid out and it even includes pre-installed apps like YouTube so you can start watching on the fly. The Google Play Store is also included so you can install apps on the projector.
The Merlin 3D Projector Android also supports 3D and two active shutter glasses are included in the package, which can be charged using the USB ports built into the device.
The projector itself supports a 700 lumens brightness rating, which was good enough to deliver a decent viewing experience. I hooked it up with a Blu-ray player and after a few adjustments (keystone correction can be accessed through the menu or on the touch-based controls on top of the projector) we were watching a movie on the device without any hiccups. The Merlin 3D Projector Android was also surprisingly quiet through the entire movie. The projector supports an image size of up to 150-inches.
As mentioned, the Merlin 3D Projector Android comes with two active shutter glasses that you can use to view 3D content. While the 3D works well, active shutter glasses could cause headaches on some users caused by the flickering effect of the glasses that would mimic the 3D effect.
The projector did not have any problems playing media files we’ve placed on a SD card. It supports nearly every format – even the 3D-based video files.
Overall the Merlin 3D Projector Android works as expected, though at $903 (3317 AED), it might be quite expensive for some. You can look at cheaper alternatives for this projector and if only the 3D active shutter glasses weren’t headache-including, the Merlin 3D Projector Android would get my full recommendation.