Wipao S3 Android Projector Review: Portable DLP Projector
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Wipao S3 Android Projector Review: Portable DLP Projector Waipo S3 Home Theater Wireless Smart Android Projector

Product Introduction

The Wipao S3 Android Projector is an advanced Powered Texas Instruments DLP Projector, based on the Allwinner H8 Octa-core processor running at CPU clock frequency up to 1.8 GHz. The Projector is a fully independent All-in one portable projector, which combines both Android set-top box features and a projector unit in the same product.

S3 hardware specifications also include 1GB of RAM, 4GB eMMC internal Flash powered with Android KitKat Operating system. On the back side of the unit you have a wide selection of external interfaces such as Micro SD Slot, OTG, four USB 2.0 Hosts, Headphone jack, SPDIF, LAN. The S3 offers three different video input interfaces HDMI, VGA and AV that can be used with any external media devices or set-top boxes. The S3 also comes with built-in speaker system, including WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth support, making this product a complete home media solution for running Android apps, games, browsing the internet, streaming videos and more.

 

 

 

 

Review Content:

  1. Product introduction.
  2. Specification
  3. Video: Unboxing & Quick Hands on Review
  4. Package
  5. Package Content
  6. Appearance
  7. Operation
  8. Hardware & Benchmark
  9. System & UI
  10. Picture Quality
  11. Final verdict
  12. Pros & Cons

 

Wipao S3 Projector parameters:

  • Operation System:Android 4.4
  • SoC:  H8 Allwinner Octa-Core Cortex-A7 up to 1.8GHz
  • 1GB RAM + 4GB eMMC Flash (Depending on Model)
  • GPU: PowerVR SGX544MP up to 700MHz
  • Included built-in Speakers
  • Movie Modes: 2D/3D
  • Brightness – 500 LED lumens
  • OSD Languages:Chinese, English
  • Native Resolution: 1080P (1920×1080)
  • Supported Resolution :WXGA (1280×800),
  • Contrast – 5000: 1
  • Projection light source – RGB LED
  • Display Technology – DLP Pico
  • Projection Lens: F31 high-gloss coated lens
  • Illumination uniformity> 98%
  • Projection Screen Size: 15-300 inches
  • Projection Distance 0.5-8 m
  • Lamp Life (Hours):30000
  • Screen aspect ratio: 10/16:9/4:3
  • Throw ratio – 100 inches @ 2.5M
  • Focusing method – Manual Focus
  • Display scanning frequency – 50Hz, 60Hz, 120Hz
  • Power Adapter: DC 19V 3.78A
  • Video Input Interfaces – HDMI \ VGA \ AV
  • Storage Interfaces: Micro SD ,4xUSB 2.0 , OTG
  • Sound Interfaces – 3.5 mm Headset, optical, coaxial
  • Connectivity: Built-in WiFi,  LAN
  • Color:Gold, White
  • Power Consumption: 60W
  • Dimension(cm): 36*30*14
  • Net Weight(kg): 0.8

Unboxing & Quick Hands on Review  

 

S3/S5 Package

 

S3 Package Content (Excluding Projector)

  • x1 DC19V / 3.78A Power Supply
  • x1 Power Supply Unit Power Cable
  • x1 IR Remote Control
  • x1 AV Extension Cable
  • x1 User Guide

 

S3 Full Package Content

  • x1 S3 Smart Projector
  • x1 Power supply Unit
  • x1 Power Supply extension cable
  • x1 IR Remote Control
  • x1 AV Extension Cable
  • x1 User Guide

Appearance

The S3 has a round shape with white colored glossy surface. It’s definitely not the typical squared shape of a case you normally find in common projector designs. On the perimeter of the case you can find a series of ventilation slots for keeping the unit cool, as well as additional venting located in the base to let the extra heat out of the case

Wipao S3 | Full View

  • Wipao Smart Projector
    Wipao S3 Projector | Lens Cap
  • Front view Wipao S3 Projector
    Wipao S3 Projector | Front View
  • Wipao S3 Projector | Front View with Lens Cap
  • Wipao S3 Android Projector without Cap
    Wipao S3 Projector | With Lens Cap Removed
  • Full View of Wipao S3 Projector
    Wipao S3 Projector | Full View
  • Wipao Smart Android Projector Back view
    Wipao S3 Projector | Back View
  • Wipao Smart Android Projector top view
    Wipao S3 Projector | TOP View
  • Wipao Smart Android Projector Base view
    Wipao S3 Projector | Bottom View

 

Interfaces

On the rear side of the S3 projector you have the power button, DC input, SPDIF, 4x USB 2.0 Ports, OTG including three video input interfaces: HDMI, AV, VGA.

Operation

It was not hard to figure it out and understanding how to operate the device. Adjusting projector brightness and contrast settings, calibrating the shape of the picture are done through android settings and also use using the projector settings screen, which is more intuitive and user friendly.

In the IR remote control unit you will find all of the projector functions. There are no other operating buttons on the projector unit itself, except the power button is in a user prospective is very limiting. On the back of the unit there are three optional types of video input sources: VGA, HDMI and AV to be used by external devices to pass the signal through the S3 unit.

Mini PC Connected to The S3 HDMI Input

If for some reason you need to switch back to default projector mode from one of the video source inputs and you lost the remote, then you are in a big problem switching back to projector mode. After clarifying this limitation, The S3 remote offers additional basic functions such as fly mouse using the navigation keys, but for something more convenient, it’s highly recommended buying a good remote control with fly mouse functions that is easier to operate.

Wipao S3 IR Remote

  • Wipao S3 IR Remote | TOP View
  • Wipao S3 IR Remote | Full View
  • Wipao S3 IR Remote | Front View
  • Wipao S3 IR Remote | Rear View
  • Wipao S3 IR Remote | Side View
  • Wipao S3 IR Remote | Back View

 

Controlling Picture Settings

Depending on the distance of the unit from the wall, The viewable projected image size is approximately 15-300 inches (diagonal) within a distance of 0.5-8m. To control the picture settings you have a vertical and horizontal keystone correction button located on the remote control and can also can be adjusted through the projector settings screen. This function basically helps the user to adjust and Correct the Image Shape in situations when the unit is not fully aligned relative to the wall.

 

System & UI

The default ROM installed with the S3 came bundled with few pre-installed popular applications such as UC TV, Kingsoft Office suite, WiPao Cloud, HDP live (live streaming service) and a few others, relevant to Chinese users.

For this review I received a new customized Firmware in English language with Google Play store, access which isn’t included in the default firmware since google services are blocked in China. That said, from firs impression playing with its device ran applications and games under Android 4.4 KitKat OS very smooth and fast without issues.

  • Wipao S3 | Main Screen
  • Wipao S3 | Cloud App
  • Wipao S3 | File Manager
  • Wipao S3 | Application Screen
  • Wipao S3 | Applications 1 of 2
  • Wipao S3 | Applications 2 of 2
  • Wipao S3 | Sound Settings
  • Wipao S3 | Sound Output Settings
  • Wipao S3 | Storage
  • Wipao S3 | Projector Main Settings
  • Wipao S3 | Projector Settings - 1 of 3
  • Wipao S3 | Projector Settings - 3 of 3
  • Wipao S3 | Projector Settings - 2 of 3
  • Wipao S3 | Kingsoft Office
  • Wipao S3 | Miracast
  • Wipao S3 | Happy Cast

 

Hardware & Benchmark

As mentioned previously, the S3 Hardware platform is based on the Allwinner H8 and PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU. CPU-Z Application for some strange reason reported the hardware falsly as a dual core Allwinner A23 SoC which isn’t correct.

Hardware perform well running under Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. It’s also important to mention that each CPU core operates in clock frequency between 480 MHz – 1.80 GHz and not all always operate simultaneously, those they work dynamically depending on consumed system resources.

CPU-Z & AnTuTu Benchmark Test

 

Picture Quality

My personal impression after playing with the projector for a few days in completely dark and the semi dark environment is that the product works extremely wall, providing good quality pictures, even when brightness level is set on 50% the picture was clear and sharp. The only downside of this product is that to change the focus when placing the unit in different distance from the well you need to do it “manually” using the focus wheel located on the front side of the S3 Unit.

Final verdict

The S3 is a good product. I really enjoyed using it for watching YouTube and streaming movies. Device Performance, sound, picture quality were all good. The external round shape is something you may need to get used to, but overall its an excellent product. For further details you are welcome to contact the company (contact card below).

 

 

Pros & Cons

 

Pros

  • Fast Performance
  • Good Picture Quality
  • All in One Product

 

Cons

  • No Auto Focus Function

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