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Lifewire / Benjamin Zeman
Very bright display
Max projection of 300 inches
Good color representation
Manual vertical angle adjustment
No feet adjustment to level the projector
The Vankyo V600 is a very bright 4500-lumen projector with a huge display size and plenty of connectivity options. It has only a few minor flaws and it outperforms many other projectors in its class.
The Vankyo V600 is a relatively high-end, powerful LED projector suitable for business presentations and home theaters. We ran it through a battery of tests to take a look at the design, setup process, image quality, audio quality, features, and overall performance. Although the Vankyo V600 has a few things we didn’t like, overall we found it to be a great, high-performance option when compared to other projectors like it.
The Vankyo V600 honestly isn’t the nicest looking projector we’ve used. It’s very… rectangular. At first, it’s aesthetic made us worried that Vankyo had released a cheap product at a higher price point. When we unboxed it, we were surprised by how simple it’s appearance was, especially when compared to other Vankyo projectors like the Leisure series. They have more curves and nicer-looking user interfaces. The Vankyo V600 kind of looks like the designer was on vacation.
On the right side of the projector, there’s an SD card slot, 3.5mm AV jack, and 3.5mm headphone jack. On the back are power, VGA, two USB, and two HDMI ports. There are also ventilation grates on the bottom and sides of the projector. Although it looks like a good ventilation design, we still found the projector gets pretty hot after about half an hour of use.
Like most projectors, we found the setup process for the Vankyo V600 very simple and intuitive. The menu is easy to navigate and understand and most people are going to be connected by HDMI or VGA. Both are plug and play—simply connect one end of the cable to the projector and the other end to your computer.
We plugged the projector in, removed the lens cap, connected to our laptop with the HDMI cable, hit the auto input search button, and immediately saw our computer desktop projected onto our wall. We used the small thumbscrew on the bottom to angle the projector up, focused the lens and then adjusted the keystone to compensate for the image distortion. Unlike a lot of other projectors we’ve used, the default settings looked great to us without having to make a bunch of adjustments.
In addition to the usual movies and TV shows, we also tried loading up some Google Slides presentations and were very happy with the brightness and clarity, especially in a relatively well-lit room. We can definitely recommend this projector for presentations.
The most important aspect of any projector is image quality, and the 1080p Full HD resolution that the Vankyo V600 delivers is impressive. We were able to easily get a crystal-clear image with the focus adjustment dial. Plus, we didn’t feel like we had to make any adjustments to the default settings and really enjoyed both the clarity and color representation.
We didn’t feel like we had to make any adjustments to the default settings and really enjoyed both the clarity and color representation.
Movie subtitles and text in our business presentations were very legible and easy to read. Colors were well-represented and there are plenty of menu options to adjust the image if you want to.
The 15-degree keystone correction works as it should, but we were disappointed there was no horizontal correction—this just means you have to point the projector directly at the projection surface and not off to the side in order to get an undistorted image.
Let’s face it: we’re probably never going to see a projector with great audio built-in, the same way we don’t expect laptop or tablet speakers to blow us away. The Vankyo boasts “dual hi-fi speaker enjoyment” from two 5-watt speakers. In reality, the projector has thin, tinny sound that comes out of the back of the case. The volume is actually surprisingly loud when compared to other projectors that we’ve used, but the quality and frequency depth just isn’t there.
We would want a separate sound system for the audio if we were using this system as a home theater projector. When using it for business, we would recommend connecting a portable speaker directly to your laptop for better-quality sound.
The Vankyo V600 features are mostly image related, with its 1080p resolution capabilities and large projection screen size being the big selling points. At 4000 lumens, it’s definitely very bright and can be used in some lighted environments like a conference room. The colors, contrast and other image characteristics are all good and the focus is clear.
The Full HD projection can have a screen size up to 300 inches (25 feet) wide. The projector has to be about 30 feet away from the screen to project at that size, though. On the other end of things, it’s minimum screen size is 50 inches at 5.5 feet away.
You can connect your iPhone to the projector using a Lightning to HDMI adapter and an Android device using a Micro USB to HDMI adapter (neither of these cables are included).
It does come with an HDMI cable so that you can connect to devices like your TV, laptop, game console or DVD player. The projector also offers other external connectivity options like a USB flash drive, hard drive, or SD card. There is also the option for VGA, a 3.5mm AV port, and a 3.5mm headphone port.
The Vankyo V600 is a mid-tier projector, falling between cheaper options under $100 and more professional $400+ options. With modern projection technology, it’s difficult to find a 4K projector under $1,000, and even most of the best 1080p projectors fall into this category. There is a lot to consider when deciding which pricing tier is right for you.
It delivers a bright, high-quality image at a very affordable price.
At $249.99 (MSRP), the Vankyo V600 is a good value for its level of quality. It and other projectors falling into this price range are great for a casual home entertainment setup or conference room environment. The majority of people will be very happy with projectors in this tier.
For your average family, couple, or movie geek, the Vankyo 600 will do a great job and impress your friends if you want to fire up the big screen at a party. It delivers a bright, high-quality image at a very affordable price.
The Vankyo V600 has a lot of competition in its price range. The Epson VS250, is a projector in the same tier as the V600 but significantly more expensive at around $400.
As surprising as it may seem, the Vankyo wins this competition hands-down. The Epson only has a native resolution of 800 x 600 and a brightness of 3200. Right off the bat, we noticed that most text projected by the Epson wasn’t legible to us. Although the VS250’s brightness, color and contrast quality was impressive, SVGA resolution is just not good enough.
Sure, the Epson VS250 has a more aesthetically pleasing design, quieter fan, doesn’t get as hot, and has a great automatic vertical keystone feature. Its manual horizontal keystone is also something we want on every projector because it means you can set the projector off to the side instead of being parallel to your projection surface.
But when it comes down to it, in a business setting there’s really no point in using a projector that can’t display text that you can read. This might not be as big of an issue with watching video at home, but the overall lower resolution is a big drawback.
A great value and a solid pick for most business and home theater applications.
The Vankyo V600 is a good projector, especially at such an affordable price. We were more than happy with the image quality and brightness.