The Good The Philips Screeneo HDP1590 is portable and designed to project against less-than-optimal surfaces from very close distances; offers quite a few features including Android apps, Bluetooth, and Miracast; low latency makes it attractive to gamers.
The Bad Subpar picture quality characterized by very poor light output and washed-out black levels; gaudy color with inadequate control to fix it; Android menu can be tricky to navigate.
The Bottom Line The Philips Screeneo HDP1590 boasts a decent number of features including an ultra-short throw distance but offers below-average performance for the price.
Big-screen ambitions, small returns
Projectors had been mostly absent from that pacesetter of home entertainment technology, the Consumer Electronics Show. They've had a bit of a resurgence recently though, led by splashy, space-saving devices such as theand the . Both are designed to deliver huge-screen experiences without eating up your whole room.
The Philips Screeneo debuted at CES 2014 with the same promise, for a price that's by far the least expensive of the bunch. But with the price reduction inevitably comes compromise, and in this case I think Philips compromised too much.
The DLP-based LED-lit Screeneo HDP1590 certainly offers more features than your average projector, including Bluetooth, DLNA, an Android operating system (complete with apps!), and 3D playback, but image quality takes a beating. For the $1,800 price, performance is worse than average and little can be done to improve things using the limited controls.