Egate i9 projector: good for home entertainment

Egate is a brand focused in LED projections. They offer a wide range of high-performance LCD and DLP Projectors for all kind of customers and necessities such as Business, Education or Home. The Egate i9 projector can change your living room into a movie theatre. It is equipped with LED technology, multi-screen, Miracast streaming, supports HD and has 1500 Lumens of brightness.

Egate i9 specifications

  • Color: Black
  • Display Type: LED
  • Light Output: 1500 Lumens
  • Warranty: 1 Year(s)
  • Features: HDMI Input, Speakers, USB
  • Audio: Mono
  • Life of Lamp – Full Usage: 30000 Hours
  • Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  • Native resolution: WVGA (800×480)
  • Video formats: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 – AVI/MP4 and RM/RMVB
  • Image formats: JPEG, BMP, PNG
  • Sound formats: WMA, MP3, M4A, AAC

Appearance

The Egate i9 has a very simple design. It is available in black and its rectangular shape recalls the design of classic projectors. At the top, it has five command buttons and the focus adjuster; on the right side you can find all the available ports that will be described later in this review. Even though this projector has a classic design, it is quite compact. The dimensions are 20.8 x 16.8 x 7.8 cm and it weighs 998 g, it can fit nicely at home or at the office.

Connectivity

 

The Egate i9 has endless connectivity options, the brand added most of the output ports that is possible so you can connect the projector to any media device you can think of. Through wire, you can connect your gaming device, laptop, PC, speaker, Blueray / DVD player, set-top box, camera, media player and more.

Available ports:

  • Two USB ports
  • A VGA port
  • HDMI
  • AV
  • SD Card slot
  • Audio Out
  • Direct play with USB

USB – Direct Play

A plus for the Egate i9 that you just plug in your pen drive or HDD up to 1 TB and enjoy your content by playing directly. Yes, you don’t need to rent DVDs or connect your PC. The media decoder is capable of playing most of the video formats like MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 – AVI/MP4 and RM/RMVB. While for pictures JPEG, BMP, PNG and more are supported. It can also play WMA, MP3, M4A, AAC sound formats.

Display quality and performance

The Egate i9 projector works with LCD technology. Besides, it boasts of native HD screen resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and supports up to 1920 x 1080. Considering the high definition displayed by this projector, more than 16k colors and 1000:1 contrast the image quality is above average for a projector like this.

This projector has pre-designed picture and movie modes, so you can choose the best that suits. You can also manual customize the brightness, contrast and color mode. So just plug in your data from a pen drive to play directly without need of a PC/Computer or connect the world of media devices through many I/O ports.

The Egate i9 can give you a very large 120 inches of display. This means that such a small device can offer you a screen bigger than a traditional TV, and of course avoiding the problem of trying to fit a big device in a small place. And remember that projectors give you a flexibility to modifying the screen size.

Heat, Dust & Fluctuation Proof

Most of the projectors and other devices are made for western countries, where there are no heat, dust or power issues. The Egate i9 is specially designed for the harsh conditions in India.

The optical engine is sealed; it prevents the dust to gather inside the device and it ensures years of crystal clear imaging. Due to high temperatures in India, up to 49 degrees, the projector has a specially designed heat sink to withstand this environment and it also possesses a power management system to withstand power fluctuations and power cuts.

Long Lifespan + Green Technology

This brand is now engaged with the environment, so devices are specially designed with green technology. This technology not only ensures less power consumption but 4 times the life of a conventional lamp projector. On the other side, LED technology improves the quality of video display and increases dramatically the working life of the projector to an estimated 20 years.

An advantage of LED lamp is that it brings high-quality images, enables true color representation just like a widescreen LED TV, but at a lower cost.

Home theater experience

As it says above, the Egate i9 has a native resolution of 800 x 480 with full HD support of 1080. Besides, you can watch your favorite movie on a wide screen of 120 inches. An HD experience requires a compliment, like a good stereo sound. So, regarding sound experience, this projector has a built-in stereo speaker that ensures a home theater experience.

During Daytime

Screen mirroring

The Egate i9 has a processor and Wi-Fi that makes it easy to connect your Android or iOS device like apple laptop, android mobile or iPad to your i9 projector without wires. This is possible through DLNA and /or through Miracast or All cast or any other casting app freely available on play store. You can do this in two different ways: one is screen mirroring whatever is shown on your device or secondly through video streaming. As you just read, this is not just another “box”, it can offer you streaming and media experience.

Conclusion

We could say that the Egate i9 is an average projector. The design is not innovative; however, it is small so you can place it anywhere. This projector can offer you a high definition image and a decent sound experience due to the built-in speaker, so it is a good option for home entertainment. According to the opinion of some users, it is not so good for its use at work because texts look blurry, so keep this comment in mind. A plus for the Egate i9 is that it is designed for environments where heat and dust are present, so the durability is longer than in other devices. Overall, it is an OK projector if you just need entertainment for a low price.

Pros and Cons

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Pros

  • Heat, Dust & Fluctuation Proof
  • Supports HD
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Cons

  • Not innovative design
  • Blurry displaying Office sheets

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