This is the first time I’m giving an anker product 4 stars instead of 5, not that it’s bad, I just think there could be a few improvements. So I bought this along with AAXA P7 mini just to compare, and I’m gonna quickly summarize the pros and cons of P7, just cuz I think...See more
This is the first time I’m giving an anker product 4 stars instead of 5, not that it’s bad, I just think there could be a few improvements. So I bought this along with AAXA P7 mini just to compare, and I’m gonna quickly summarize the pros and cons of P7, just cuz I think there might be other ppl on the same boat as me trying to research about this, all these points are relative to the Mars II, and for my own preference P7 Pros: brighter, smaller in size, comes with tripod, theoretically better resolution, native 1080p P7 Cons: no wifi, no Bluetooth, fan is noticeably louder, no lid cover for lens, remote has too many buttons TL;DR version of Mars II: the 2 major flaws that made me give it a 4 stars are: lack of horizontal keystone autocorrection, and in-app cursor movement delays. everything else is either very good, good enough, or no big deal with easy workarounds. Mars II is a “smart projector”, u can stream Netflix, youtube, twitch etc. on wifi, while connecting to separate speaker via Bluetooth, but its own speaker is quite loud, so unless u have a professional stereo system, I would stick to just using its own. I didn’t test P7’s speaker, so can’t really comment on that. Fan is very quiet, u have to really listen for it, but then this could be because its brand new, who knows. The lid cover for lens not only keeps the lens clean, it also acts as a power button, slide it down to auto turn on, slide it up to auto turn off, very convenient. The remote is very simplified, easy to use, but the infrared receptor is at the back, u don’t have to point to it directly, but just make sure theres enough space behind it. I put it on the floor by my reclining couch, there was about few inches of space in between, I couldn’t use it while lying down on the seat and holding it in my hand, I had to reach forward and point down towards that general direction. But when I’m lying in bed, I put it beside my shoulder ish, with nothing behind it, I can use the remote just fine, I didn’t have to pull my arm back to aim at it. The resolution is theoretically better on the P7, native 1080p, altho I didn’t test it, so I didn’t see the difference, but Mars II 720p is enough for me when I watch Netflix on it, the brightness is also enough, the picture shows how it looks in the middle of the day, with the blinds about 90% shut. The keystone/focus autocorrect functionality works good 90% of the time, but sometimes focus doesn’t auto adjust properly, and u just have move the device around a bit, set it back down, and let it auto adjust again, usually only takes one try, it’s a workaround, and not the biggest deals, but I do like P7’s manual focus adjust, u can do it so quickly to crystal clear. And as for the keystone correction, it works fairly well, but only vertically, horizontally it does nothing, as u can see in the picture. however u CAN manually adjust both directions in settings, but it’s a bit of a hassle, and its still hard to get it to be the perfect rectangle, the horizontal setting maxed out at -40, so u should ideally place it in the middle of ur screen/wall, and let it do its vertical auto adjust. That brings to my next point, while it does have a hole on the bottom for tripod, it doesn’t come with a tripod, so if u want a certain viewing height, u need to do trial and error with some books to change the angle of projection. Have not tested out the battery yet, so can’t say how long it would last, and it would also depends how loud the volume is, and if u have Bluetooth connections up, but one good thing is, u can watch w.e u want while charging it, so that’s definitely a plus that I saw some other projectors didn’t have. Lastly the app, while it’s easy to set up, the cursor movement delay is definitely not user friendly at all, I rather use the remote even tho on Netflix, if u use remote to select shows, it doesn’t highlight it or nothing, so u can only guess by pressing left or right to see the information “i” bubble for that show light up, then u know where ur remote locked in, but to be fair, they do tell u the remote isn’t compatible with Netflix and recommend u to use the app, so for something that’s not compatible, still being able to maneuver around in it is good enough for me. The only thing the app is good for is when u have to enter in texts, for example passwords for wifi or apps. And as for phone screen mirroring, it does what it does, works pretty well, only disappointment is when u play video on ur phone, it doesn’t play it in full projection size, its still the phone size.