Sometimes we get more than what we pay for. The new Excelvan BL46 is an example offering some stupendous features under a budget-friendly price tag. Let us question you: “Can you get a lightweight, smart, and most importantly 2000 Lumens Android Projector under $120?”. Well, you simply can’t. Excelvan BL46 is the only Chinese projector offering 2000 Lumens with a maximum 130-inch projection for a price tag of $119.99. That’s why MyFirstProjector is here to do an Excelvan BL46 review and let you know why it should be your first projector under a tight budget.
Let’s get into the details and know this smart projector in this Excelvan BL46 review:
Excelvan BL46 Review – When Price Doesn’t Define a 2000 Lumens Projector
Starting the Excelvan BL46 review with the design, to match the desired budget of the projector, it molds from plastic. However, the plastic housing doesn’t feel cheap at all. Instead, we have the matte layer which shiny glitters when reflected and the finishing is perfect. The projector is slightly bigger than the portable ones and occupies a space of 21 x 16 x 8cm. However, having a large size doesn’t mean that it’s heavy. Thanks to the plastic body, it weighs around 1.18 kg, slightly lighter than the MacBook Pro 2018. If you want a much compact and premium projector, we suggest you OBE V1 PLUS.
Looking at the projector we can see that it’s a two-color plastic housing combination, first is the matte body and the other is the black body.
On the front, we have the Lens, as well as the Excelvan logo, and an IR sensor. Meanwhile, on the back, we have the HDMI port, 3.5mm audio jack for speaker and microphone, AV port, a keystone correction bar, ventilation for heat dissipation, and interestingly another IR sensor. This makes this projector featuring dual IR sensors. The advantage of having two IR is to improve the connectivity with the remote control as you know, you might have to place the projector in front of you or at the back. Having an IR on front and back sounds more practical.
At one side we have another net-type ventilation and sound, meanwhile, on the other side, we have the VGA port, USB 2.0, microSD card, power supply, and again ventilation. Thanks to these vents and plastic chassis that Excelvan BL46 remains color even after long use. The manufacturer claims that the cooling system has been improved and fan noise has been reduced. Indeed they have.
The best aspect in this section is the buttons placed on the top. In case if you are unable to find the remote control or even your smartphone, you can use the buttons embedded in the chassis to navigate. These include the four arrow keys, selection, back, menu, and power button.
At the bottom, we have the mount option, along with the speaker. You might notice that if you want to mount the projector you might have to turn it upside down and set the screen rotation to inverted.
In short, despite having a large plastic built, the projector is lightweight and looks premium. It’s still satisfying under a price tag of $119.99.
Continuing the Excelvan BL46 review, we have the connectivity and features section. We have divided the connectivity section in two further sub-section: Wired and Wireless.
First talking about the wired connectivity, we have everything we need including the traditional VGA port, along with the trending HDMI, 3.5mm audio jack, MicroSD card, and a USB port. It’s sad that the USB port isn’t 3.0 but 2.0. However, the TF card can cover that speed with a Class 10 SDcard suitable for 4K and Full-HD playback.
Moving to the wireless section, we have the WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 module. That’s because the projector has an Android OS with it. With the help of these, you can connect your phone and use it as a remote for Excelvan BL46. Like previously said, another selling point is the Dual IR sensor which allows the practical use of the projector from the back for the front, at long distances.
There’s no extra feature in the projector apart from the app control and keystone correction.
It’s good to know that Excelvan BL46 runs on the Android OS platform. It’s basically Android 6.0, which is somewhat outdated as Android 9.0 is out. However, almost every Chinese projector feature Android 6.0 and even the TV Box. Simply, Chinese devices have a poor firmware and system updates, apart from Huawei, Xiaomi, and other high-end smartphone manufacturers.
Getting into the details, the OS is pretty much responsive and light. Thankfully, there’s no Chinese app and default Chinese language. There’s a default media center. We recommend using Kodi as it’s perfect for TV experience. We have the Miracast, Play store, Google Music, Youtube and some other apps which are inside the OS by default. The OS and the projector support Full-HD resolution videos.
The UI is pretty attracting. The home screen is arranged in perfect order, and the My Apps has a different color tile which is compact, in order to quickly differentiate it from the other apps.
In short, despite having a low-level hardware, the response of the UI is still fast. We guess it’s because of the Android 6.0 version.
App Remote Control
There’s a dedicated app for the projector which enables Miracast feature as well as the remote control. Here are the details of the app:
App Name: Happlycast App
WiFi connection: XINGKONGXING1
TV connection: CastL6
There’s a HiFi speaker at one side of the projector. However, it’s don’t have that much sound and the quality is just average. We suggest using an external Bluetooth speaker or a home theatre.
Like told in the previous section, the UI is fast even in low-end performance condition. By low-end, we mean that only 1GB RAM and 8GB is under the hood. Well, the 8GB ROM can be extended up to 256GB with the SD card and even an external HDD. However, the 1GB RAM is somewhat limited forcing you to still to Full-HD only, but not 4K. The heart of the flagship is Amlogic S905X Quad-Core processor with a Penta-Core processor allowing you to play light games and watch Full-HD movie at 60 fps on a large projection.
Moving to the last part of the Excelvan BL46 review, the maximum projection that the projector can project is 130 inches from a distance of 3.8m. It isn’t that expensive Xiaomi Mijia Projector with a short focal length. The projection native resolution is 800×480 and supports 720p and 1080p as well. As far as the picture quality is concerned, it’s surprisingly bright and has a high contrast. To be honest, the picture projection is what we liked the most in this projector. That 126mm lens generates 2000 lumens brightness to tackle the daylight and produce a sharp 130-inch image under the $120 price tag. Here are some samples:
Sadly, the focusing is manual with up to ±12° vertical and manual keystone correction.
- Numerous Connectivity Option
- Dedicated App with Miracast
- 2000 Lumens Brightness
- 130-inch max screen
- ±12° vertical keystone
- Manual Focusing
- Mount option at the bottom (upside down)
- The built could have been better
If you are in search of the most affordable 2000 lumens Android projector and don’t have a premium built in your priority list. Furthermore, with 130-inch, bright and sharp display, App control, and numerous connectivity options, Excelvan BL46 projector is at the top of our recommendations.
Price & Availability
If you are interested you can grab Excelvan BL46 projector for a price of $119.99 on Gearbest. It’s only available in brown color. Here’s the link to the store: