Projectors: Philips' ultra-short throw projector is fun but too expensive
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Projectors: Philips' ultra-short throw projector is fun but too expensive

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The Philips Screeneo HDP1590 boasts a decent number of features including an ultra-short throw distance but offers below-average performance for the price.

[MUSIC] Though it may look a bit like a laser printer this little gadget here is actually an ultra short throw projector. It's capable of producing an image of up to a 100 inches from only a few feet away. Hi, I'm Ty Pendelbury and today I'm looking at the Philips Screeneo Projector. This little projector is designed to replace a television. And has the added advantage of being portable for impromptu movies, in your backyard for example. Unusually the projector is driven by an Android operating system. Which means you can theoretically load new apps on it. But in practice it's quite difficult to do. The other features include blue tooth streaming, mirror cast mirroring from [UNKNOWN]. And some decent onboard speakers. The problem is image quality of this projector isn't very good. And that's a shame for a gadget that's almost $2,000. Colors are way over saturated and they can't be fixed. Black levels are poor and the image is just way too dim. On the plus side the really short throw, and super low latency means this could be an option for gamers. Though the connector may not be able to see you if you use it in the dark. As a conversation piece, though, it's pretty great. And it's not as if the Screeneo has video file pretensions. It's just that for a fun, family-oriented machine, it's about $1000 too expensive. This has been Ty Pendlebury for cnet.com. [MUSIC]

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