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The Vankyo V600 is an entry-level projector boasting full HD at a price point mostly filled with HD and below projections. It supports two HDMI cables and even includes an SD card slot, aiming it squarely at the budget home theater market; FHD is exceptionally rare at this price point, and its set of features is meant for media consumption above all else. It’s arguably the best long throw projector in the budget sector just by virtue of its high resolution alone.
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The Vankyo V600 (also known as the Vankyo Performance V600) is a solid budget projector that offers good picture quality at a low price point. Its lack of zoom is unfortunate to see, but overall it’s very hard to go wrong at $200.
Simply being 1080p scores the Vankyo V600 projector a major win in the picture quality department; its screen output is sharp, gets decently bright, and is overall good enough for casual gaming, media consumption, etcetera. It’s no BenQ TK850 Projector for sure, but it’s not trying to be; for $200, there’s very little to ask for.
Brightness is decent on the Vankyo V600, but Vankyo’s lumen measurement is inaccurate; Vankyo claims 6000 lumens, but when compared side by side with ~3500-lumen projectors like the ViewSonic 4K Projector or ViewSonic LS700 4K Laser Projector, it appears far dimmer and more washed out in the same lighting. Misleading claims aside, brightness is still good enough; like with most projectors, image quality is best in dark or dim rooms, and will appear dimmer and increasingly washed out the brighter the lighting in the room is. Although, you can compare Vankyo V630 vs V630W to find other models that may have higher lumens.
With no zoom to speak of and a very mediocre focus knob, the Vankyo V600 doesn’t have much in the way of adjustability. Port selection is at least nice, bringing several HDMI inputs and audio jacks to the table, but the lack of zoom really cripples its otherwise great performance for the price.
Despite mediocre build quality, durability is decent on the Vankyo V600; some units demonstrate an odd color inversion flaw after extended use, but this problem isn’t widespread and is fixed with a reboot. Lamp life is rated at just shy of 11,000 hours, meaning the bulb burning out isn’t much of a concern during its reasonable lifespan, either; it could last half of that figure and still be incredible value considering it’s only $200.
Like many entry-level products, value is the Vankyo V600’s primary selling point. There are very, very, very few 1080p projectors at the $200 price point; many claim 1080p support, but support is the keyword there–they accept a 1080p signal and then downscale it to their lower native resolution. Very little is even coming close to this at $200, and it’s worth springing up the extra cash for this projector versus projectors that come in at even half of its price. If you have limited space, consider purchasing the Optoma GT1080Darbee, since it has a short throw lens.
The Vankyo V600 is a phenomenal budget projector despite some annoying flaws. Lack of zoom is an annoying oversight on a projector, and the color inversion bug that plagues some units is inconvenient if you get a unit that demonstrates said problem. Even so, at the end of the day, it’s not only $200, but it’s a $200 1080p projector; its value alone is nearly unmatched, and it’s a very solid buy just all around.