Projector Reviews

Boxlight BumbleBee LED/DLP Portable Projector Review: Image Quality

BumbleBee Projector Color Handling

The color handling of the BumbleBee is most similar to the Mitsubishi PK20. Both actually exhibit better handling of reds and yellows than many, larger, brighter DLP business projectors. That said, the weakness of the BumbleBee, is in its brightness, which demands a dark room.

BumbleBee Projector Color Handling

As seen in the image here, reds and yellows are handled pretty well by the Boxlight BumbleBee.

Within the limits of the BumbleBee’s brightness, the projector does a very respectable job for presentations. Of course, the limited brightness requires a room that is very close to fully darkened, and screen sizes should be limited to no more than 60″ diagonal, even with the very low lighting. Forty to fifty inch diagonal is probably a better recommendation that pushing out to about 60 inches.

Feeding the BumbleBee a DVD video source produced a very reasonable looking image (Gandalf, below, from Lord of the Rings). The Bumblebee cannot match a home theater projector, in terms of color accuracy, nor black levels, and, for that matter isn’t particularly close, but, that’s not so say that you can’t enjoy watching a movie on a smaller screen, relying on the Bumblebee, and perhaps its battery pack, far, far, away from the nearest AC power outlet.

Evenness of color across the entire screen is pretty consistant, and not an issue.

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Boxlight BumbleBee Clarity and Sharpness

With a native resolution of 800×600, the BumbleBee produces a nice sharp image when fed SVGA (800×600), as shown immediately below.

Feeding the BumbleBee the more common XGA resolution signals (below), the compression technology of the BumbleBee, is about typical for SVGA projectors.

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Smaller type is soft, but readable from XGA sources, on siz es down to 8 point type (barely) on an XGA source (10 is easier to read, for sure). The image above shows the Bumblebee handling an even higher resolution, 1280×800, from my MacBook Pro.

Boxlight BumbleBee Projector Menus

Boxlight BumbleBee Projector Menus

Boxlight BumbleBee Projector - Remote Control

The Bumblebee comes with a remote shaped the same as the Mitsubishi PK20’s. There is one additional button on the BumbleBee’s remote control, and the order of the buttons is slightly different. The additional button, however, relates to keystone correction. The BumbleBee remote has two buttons for controlling keystone correction, whereas the PK20 has one, then you control keystone with the arrow keys.

The remote worked well enough The manual says the range is 16 feet, and I definitely had no problem using it up to that distance, getting a decent bounce off of my screen, when needed.

As you can see, there is a power button on the top left. Next come the four arrow keys in a circle configuration, with a center Enter button.

Additional buttons: The two keystone buttons, Hi-Bright button, Computer, Video, Blank, Still, Aspect ratio, and finally, the Auto (setup) button