Projectors at one point seemed to be these big hulking devices, that you really only had interaction with at the movie theatre, or if you had a dedicated cinema room in your house. Well, not anymore, thanks to the likes of the Wemax Go Advanced 300 Portable Laser Projector. It’s small, lightweight for portability, has a very nice image quality and doesn’t cost the earth. But is it any good?
There’s a pretty clear need for this projector, and that’s to slot it in a backpack or laptop bag and take it from meeting to meeting. Its dimensions come in at 8.6 x 4.6 x 0.97 inches, so it’s definitely small and it weighs only 1.7lbs which is light enough to not feel like you’re carrying around a massive lump. Being thin it can slot into a side pocket on a laptop bag, and setup time isn’t bad at all, with really only a power input and HDMI input for plugging in a device. It even has an auto-setup mode which includes automatic TOF focus, keystone correction and intelligent obstacle avoidance and did a great job projecting onto the wall behind me.
Inside the box is pretty bare-bones, though the packaging is a nice touch when it comes to styling. You get the projector itself, as well as a small Bluetooth remote and power adapter. There’s correspondence too if you wanted to have a read-up on your terms and a quick start-up guide. I didn’t and dove straight in, head first.
The entire chassis though is made from metal, which gives it a nice premium feeling, though the base for some reason doesn’t follow suit and is made from plastic. There’s a small LED indicator light on top so you know the status of the projector, whether it’s in standby and on the base you’ve got a little kickstand if you need to raise the projection a bit. Again, auto levelling will sort out any kinks, and it worked every time I tried it. Around the front, the actual lens is protected by a sliding door, so make sure it’s closed when carrying it around with you. It’s smooth to open and is held in place on either side of the projector. The grill makes it easy to grip and slide too. Though we’ve talked a bit about inputs, around the back you’ve got your power input which is USB Type-C, you’ve got an HDMI 2.0 input, a USB 2.0 Type-A if you’re wanting to play media from a hard drive or memory stick and finally a 3.5mm aux input for plugging in external audio devices or headphones. There is an onboard speaker system on each end of the projector, which produces 2-watt audio each, but the sound is not great. It’ll get you through a PowerPoint presentation at work but doesn’t cut it when it comes to watching a movie. There is a built-in battery which will last for around an hour and a half, but if you’re running at max brightness with audio playback too, you’re going to be grabbing the charger much sooner than that.
So let’s talk about some specs. The Wemax Go Advanced 300 has a resolution of 1920×1080 though it does mention that 4K is supported. It has a lumens level of 600 ANSI and a light source of 15,000 lumens. It can produce an image between 40 – 120 inches, but it can go bigger and smaller though you could start to see a loss of detail and brightness and is also capable of throwing 1.2:1 images. And I must say, in a darkened room it looks pretty decent for sure when watching media thanks to its 102% Rec. 709 colour coverage and 500:1 FOFO contrast ratio. The brightness is certainly good enough and was watchable when consuming content with the curtains closed during the day, though it’s definitely not the sharpest projector in the world. It’s certainly passable though but will by no means be a centrepiece to your home family entertainment system.
The Wemax Go Advanced 300 is using its own proprietary operating system known as WemaxOS. However, it does come up with FengOS when booting up the projector, so God knows what’s going on there, and for the most part, it’s pretty self-explanatory and easy to use. The homepage has access to a bunch of features, like an app store, a file manager for watching or listening to content stored on the device or on a memory stick, a Bluetooth speaker that turns the projector into a standalone speaker and finally the ability to cast content from your Android or iOS phones. Everything you need is inside the Launcher, which takes you to your app store and downloaded apps. You’ll recognise a number of apps on there like Netflix, Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube, Hulu and a bunch of others, but there is access to some apps I’ve never heard of too like TVExpressBR or 2048 TV. There’s strangely no Amazon Prime or Disney Plus. The choice of apps is pretty good, but it again certainly doesn’t cover the entire range of home streaming entertainment apps. But of course, it’s not really designed for that.
And where would be we if we didn’t test the quality of text on the projector, seeing as its primary focus on the Weemax website is to carry around to the office and show off your presentations. Well, I must say text is reproduced nice and sharp, of course depending on how large the projection area is. Brightness does suffer the further the projector is away from the projection surface, but it still didn’t hinder the ability to read text. I used the BBC news website as I didn’t have a presentation handy, using the built-in Firefox browser, and it was great. No complaints from me here.
The Wemax Go Advanced 300 Portable Laser Projector is definitely a decent piece of kit if you need to blow up presentations for an audience. It’s not really an entertainment system, though does have the ability to play Netflix and has a speaker, but to be honest, the speaker is rather naff. The cost though is $700, so it’s not cheap. So you’ll really need a reason to carry around a projector with you. It’s certainly a specialist product, but if you’re in the market for this kind of solution, you’re not going to be disappointed.