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Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro Review 1080p Projector With Phone Screen Casting

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

 

The Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro is a versatile projector that you can use to stream from your PC, games console and smartphone. It supports native 1080p resolution, which means you can connect the Leisure 470 Pro projector to a 1080p (or 1080i) input source


The Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro comes equipped with a textured plastic focus ring mechanism that lets you manually focus the lens and make the image sharper. The manual focus mechanism works by rotating the ring clockwise or anticlockwise to push the lens in and out of the projector. When twisted all the way out, the lens sticks out of the projector housing about 5mm. 
 

Speaking of focus, the Leisure 470 Pro is capable of projecting onto a maximum distance of 25 feet (7.7 meters) down to 4.5 feet (1.3 meters). The Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro is a 1-chip LCD projector with and LED lamp source capable of 170 ANSI lumens, which isn't very bright but works good enough in a room with moderate ambient light so, you aren't restricted to a pitch black room which gives you the best performance. 
 

You can also adjust brigthness and color temperature too, just like with a TV so, you get plenty of ways to tweak the image to look better. Be sure to check out the video below to see a walk-through and projection test of the Leisure 470 Pro projector.


The Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro is a mains powered only projector, which means it must be plugged into a wall socket at all times. The Leisure 470 Pro projector weighs 972 grams and measures 19cm long, 14.5cm deep and 7.5cm high. The Leisure 470 Pro tall boxy frame is made of hard plastic and integrates physical clicky hard plastic buttons for controlling the projector.


As well as a focus ring, the Leisure 470 Pro has a keystone ring for vertical keystone correction to correct the vertical angle of the image. There is also a 3 watt speaker built-in and various connectivity ports: two HDMI ports, one USB port, one auxiliary port (audio out), one AV input and micro SD card slot. On the base of the projector, there are four feet (for elevation), anti vibration pads (2mm thick), a tripod mount and a long thumbscrew that is able to raise the front of the projector  up to 10cm high.
 

Potential deal breakers
  • Does not accept 4K input source but, you can playback 4k content via the HDMI port
  • No autofocus. Automatic focusing is convenient because it is done automaticlaly by the projector, using a motor and an ultrasonic rangefinding sensor to measure the distance to the screen and adjust the focus accordingly.
  • Cannot use the plastic lens cover when the lens is turned all the way out
  • No horizontal/ 4 point  keystone correction, which is ideal when projecting at an awkward angle or in a room with limited space
  • The vertical correction angle is limited to -15 degrees and +15 degrees. With some projectors you get up to 40 degrees vertical keystone correction
  • Mono speaker 
  • Mains powered only - no rechargeable battery built-in
  • IR remote batteries not included
  • No AV cables included for AV connection
  • Image can look washed out and dim at longer distances. The optimal projection distance is about 50 inches in low light
  • No way to view the led lamp working time
  • The led lamp has a short lifespan (10,000 hours runtime)
  • No bluetooth functionality - no bluetooth speaker mode
  • Cannot be connected to external bluetooth speakers
  • Has to be connected to an external source to work, unlike an Android projector with built-in apps
  • Uses HDMI 1.4 which only supports 4k 30fps; whereas HDMI 2.0 supports 4k 60fps, which delivers much better picture and audio quality.
 

Selling points for the Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro
  • Native 1080p resolution 
  • Can control the projector without remote, thanks to on-board control buttons
  • Supports 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios 
  • Affordable compared to an expensive projector
  • Manual focusing gives you more control
  • Auto aspect ratio mode allows the projector to automatically switch aspect ratio accordingly
  • Vertical keystoning
  • You can mount the Leisure 470 Pro on a ceiling or rear
  • Comes with built-in speaker
  • More versatile than many expensive projectors 
  • Can play content via USB, HDMI, memory card and AV connection (useful for old TVs, video players)
  • Standard 1/4 inch thread to mount the projector onto any tripod
  • HDMI cable included
  • Padded soft shell case for storing and transporting the Leisure 470 Pro projector
  • Physical IR remote for controlling the projector
  • Wireless screen mirroring
  • Quality user guide - comprehensive and illustrational
  • Compatible with PC input and phone/tablet input via the USB-A port
  • Powerbank mode via the USB-A port, which can output (10watts) to recharge external devices.
  • Doesn't overheat after a couple of hours of usage - only gets warm to the touch
  • Supports external wired speakers
  • Smooth focus/keystone ring actuation
  • Supports lower resolution input sources: 720p and 576i
  • Supports chromecast, Apple TV and amazon Fire TV stick
 

Accessories included with the Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro: a 1.5 meter long power cable (125V/10A) with US plug, a 1.7 meter HDMI cable, hard plastic lens cover, IR remote, cotton buds, cleaning cloth and suitcase style carry case, which is one of the best selling points of the Leisure 470 Pro. Not only you can safely carry the projector around, you can use the carry case like a mini suitcase to carry something else, which is neat. 
 

The Vankyo carry case weighs 185 grams has a thickly padded soft shell covered by rugged weatherproof fabric with Vankyo branding on the front. The carry case zipper (non-water resistant) opens up clamshell style via dual metal sliders zippers and integrates water resistant blue liner, a large open pocket sleeve, detachable padded divider, a fabric grab handle on top, as well as internal suitcase style velcro straps to secure the projector. The dimensions of the carry case are 6cm deep (internal height), 27cm long and 16cm wide. The case is not fully waterproof since the zipper
 

The IR remote is made of plastic and integrates clicky and responsive rubber buttons. It measures 14cm long x 3.5cm wide x 1.5cm thick. You can buy the Vankyo Leisure 470 Pro projector from iVankyo and amazon. Use promo code: gadgetexplained to get $20 off. Check out the review of  Leisure 410 projector and Cinemango 100 projector

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