REVIEW: Latest from Wowoto – The H9 Projector

Wowoto H9 HD Smart Projector

$519.98
Wowoto H9 HD Smart Projector
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Design

8.5/10

Connectivity

9.0/10

General Performance

8.5/10

Brightness

9.5/10

Image Quality

9.5/10

Pros

  • Very Bright at 3500 Lumens
  • Improved Contrast
  • Small and Quiet
  • HD Native Resolution
  • Brilliant Internal Speaker

Cons

  • No Removable Battery like the T8E
  • Still waiting on Android update
  • No 3D Glasses included

INTRODUCTION


We have reviewed a few different projectors over the past few months here at the MXQ Project. We receive a wide array of different products to review for the website and YouTube channel, although we don’t always know what to expect. One day it may be the latest TV box to hit the market, others it may be a smart projector or action camera. Today is a bit different. I had made contact with projector manufacturer Wowoto purely to request some backup firmware for their smart projectors, turns out they were very impressed with our previous reviews and wanted to send us one of their newer projector models for review, the Wowoto H9…

When I first looked up the Wowoto H9 projector I couldn’t find a great deal of information about it, or at least anything that made it stand out, by all accounts it looked to be identical to the previous model, the H8. After a bit more research I found that the differences, although few of them, do in fact make the H9 a worthy successor to the previous models. The native resolution is the same, offering HD quality video output at 1280 x 800 pixels, the CPU is the same, it has the same amount of RAM and internal storage, it even uses the same firmware.

Brightness, contrast and overall picture quality is where this device really shines…


SPECS


  • Native Resolution: 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
  • Display Type: DLP
  • Max. Resolution Support: 1080p
  • Brightness: 3500 Lumens (equivalent to 400 ANSI Lumens)
  • Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
  • Projection Size: 15 – 300 Inches
  • Inputs: HDMI, AV, Micro SD, 1 x USB 3,0, 1 x USB 2.0
  • CPU: Quad-core A7 1.5ghz
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • OS: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Bluetooth 4,0: Yes
  • 3D: Yes (Active)
  • WiFi: 2.4ghz
  • External Speaker: Yes
  • Lamp Life: Approx. 30,000 hours

IN THE BOX


Inside the packaging you receive:

  • Wowoto H9 Projector
  • Power Brick
  • Power Adapter (Varies depending on your country)
  • Owner’s Manual
  • HDMI Cable
  • RCA (Female) to 3,5mm AV Adapter
  • Infrared Remote Control

DESIGN AND CONNECTIVITY


Design-wise the H9 is identical in every way to the H8, here’s a recap:

The projector itself is small, lightweight and sleek, it’s just slightly bigger than the span of my hand making it very portable and easy to carry. It has a glossy white finish around the top and it covers about 60 percent of the projector, underneath and towards the back, it has a standard matt, plastic casing, it’s very pleasing to look at. It has a manual focus wheel on the right-hand side of the projector along with ventilation, to the left side you will see the power button and more ventilation. On the front is the lens which protrudes from the device slightly and is a few millimetres taller than the projector, there’s also an infrared sensor and more ventilation. On the top, we have some small branding and the touch controls, these aren’t buttons per-say but touch sensitive areas that aren’t visible unless the device is powered on as they are illuminated solely by blue LED lights.

On the back of the device you will find the inputs, first off there is the power jack, then a USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, USB 3.0 port, ethernet port, AV port and 3.5mm Headphone/SPDIF port.

Underneath there is also a small kickstand for use when positioning the projector on a shelf or cabinet etc. and a tripod mount that can be used with standard tripods and quick-release adapters.


BRIGHTNESS, IMAGE QUALITY & SCREEN SIZE


The Wowoto H9 has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and is set to 16:10 aspect ratio by default (this can be changed in the projector settings menu). The images are very crisp and sharp and colour reproduction was great, it has the best image quality we have seen on a DLP projector so far, even better than the H8 and T8E models from Wowoto, this is due to the increased lamp brightness and improved contrast ratio. There are functions for digital zoom as well so the picture size can be altered easily to fit any screen size. There is also a digital keystone adjustment option as well although this only allows for vertical keystone adjustment. There is also an adequate amount of picture modes to choose from depending on what you are viewing and also a User mode where you can adjust the picture manually to suit your needs.

Brightness is much improved over the H8 and T8E models, at 3500 lumens it is considerably brighter and clearer in the daylight or a well-lit room but the difference is most notable in a darkened environment, the picture that is produced looks visibly brighter and clearer than the previous entries, everything looks crisp, colourful and vivid, even the focus has improved, where the earlier models were easily focused via the manual/digital focus controls, on larger screens while the centre of the screen may appear focused, details towards the outer edges would begin to trail off and appear slightly blurred and out of focus. This is improved ten-fold with the Wowoto H9, we noticed the image would focus in its entirety.

We viewed images on an off-white wall at around 120 inches wide for the purposes of this review with the projector sat around 2 meters away while mounted to a tripod, naturally, you will get a better picture on a bright-white screen but if you don’t have that option a blank, light coloured wall does just fine.


SOUND


The internal speaker on the H9 is as excellent as it’s predecessors, it’s loud and clear, there are also various sound modes to choose from such as Movie, Game, Music and also custom EQs that you can adjust to your liking. A lot of projectors come with build in speakers but Wowoto’s efforts rules the roost in terms of audio quality, of course, you can hook up an external sound system using the headphone jack or AV input, or even pair up a Bluetooth speaker, but we never felt the need to at any point.

In terms of the amount of noise the devices itself produces, i.e. from the fan, it is barely noticeable, this thing is near silent. We estimate the sound produced from the fan is around 20dB, it’s quieter than a laptop.


OPERATING SYSTEM


UPDATE: I have spoken to Wowoto regarding the firmware of their products. They have responded and informed me that the Wowoto H9, along with the H8 and T8E will ALL be receiving a firmware update to Android 6.1 Marshmallow that will start rolling out around March/April. I will post an update when this happens.

Like the Wowoto T8E (and the Wowoto H8 before it), this projector comes with Android 4.4 KitKat installed as it’s base operating system, the firmware is identical to previous models which is a shame as these projectors would seriously benefit from a more up-to-date operating system.

The OS also comes with options for casting from other devices and even wireless screen mirroring, we were seamlessly able to cast videos etc. from a laptop and phone and even more impressively managed to mirror an iPhone screen to the projector, there was no issue with latency or lag and was a very pleasant experience. There’s also a media player installed for easy access to videos, pictures and music that are stored on a USB device or Micro SD card.

The device is also not supported by Google Widevine DRM Protection which means viewing Netflix in HD via the Android app is not possible. Best to use an external source such as a laptop or casting from a mobile device.

As for gaming, we would suggest plugging in an external source such as a PS4 or Xbox and avoid Android gaming.


3D


The H9 uses Active 3D technology and requires the use of Active Shutter 3D glasses. Not just any shutter glasses will work however, they need to be DLP-LINK enabled so that they can sync with the projector, they also don’t come packaged with the device and need to be bought separately. Some glasses that come with active 3D TVs may well work as well as long as they can sync with DLP devices. Wowoto sells their own brand of these glasses but can be quite expensive. We found that a pair of $10 glasses from eBay worked great, so you don’t need to spend a fortune to make the most out of the 3D side of things if that’s what you’re in to.

The 3D was phenomenal, tested with screen sizes of both 60″ and 140″ and both looked fantastic, but with 3D we find the bigger the better. You can access 3D content either online, external source or by loading up a 3D movie or video with the installed media player. You can access 3D settings by going through the projector’s settings or by pressing the 3D button on the remote. There are a number of ways to watch 3D content, you can tell the projector to auto-detect 3D modes so it will switch to the correct mode depending on the content being viewed or you can manually select them, there are modes for Side-by-side 3D videos, Over-Under, Blu-Ray and 3D to 2D conversion for both SBS and OU video formats.

The 3D works amazingly well and really feels like you are watching a 3D movie in the cinema and I would choose to view 3D on this projector over a 3DTV any day.


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CONCLUSION


The Wowoto H9 Mini 3D, DLP Projector is truly a fantastic budget projector and is a worthy successor to the older models. Image quality is even better than before, brightness has been ramped up considerably, projection size is versatile, the device looks great and is really quiet. You could do a lot worse than this!

We will hopefully be reviewing more Wowoto soon so stay tuned!

Scott

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