EZCast Beam H3 Mini Projector
The recent advent of LED backlit projectors has created an interesting new category of very low cost or “portable” mini projectors that are marketed to consumers. Historically, portable projectors have been marketed in the corporate sector, which demands higher performance with less price sensitivity.
The EZCast Beam H3 enters a now crowded market, hoping to stand out with multimedia features and flexible picture settings. Does it succeed? Short answer: yes and no.
Below are my impressions of the projector features and my experience with setup and general use.
Editor’s Note: EZCast sent the projector to us for free, but did not review the content prior to publication. The opinions expressed in this review have not been influenced in any way by the manufacturer. Home Toys can earn a commission on purchases made through the links in this article.
EZCast Beam H3 Mini Projector
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Featuring 1080p resolution and an LED light source rated at 200 lumens (according to EZCast), the Beam H3 offers everything you would expect from a portable projector MSRP of $ 150.00, and even a little more . EZCast also includes an infrared remote control in the box for navigating the menus. There’s a built-in speaker, too, but expect nothing more than cellphone-quality sound, if that’s the case.
The EZCast H3 offers an impressive array of connectivity options, ranging from expected wired connections like HDMI, to mobile connectivity like MicroSD, USB-C and Miracast. I found connecting my Android via USB and Miracast to be quite seamless, as was my laptop via HDMI and playing video files from a microSD card. However, streaming through the EZCasts app and over USB-C was very hit or miss. Your mileage may vary.
Taking the Beam H3 out of the box and projecting it on my wall was simple. The projector started up in a reasonable amount of time and the automatic keystone triggered without having to change the settings menu.
After setting everything up, I loaded a microSD card with an episode of Resident Alien (with Alan Tudyk, awesome) to see how the projector behaves in different lighting environments. Generally speaking, you’ll want to use it in a dark room. Below are images of the same scene with the lights on and off in my bedroom. I placed the projector about six feet from the wall, which is painted light gray.
With the lights off, the picture quality is acceptable, and if you buy this projector for kids to use with their devices, they probably won’t even notice the flaws in the picture.
Another issue to be aware of is the keystone effect on image quality. While sitting on my desk, the Beam H3 required good keystone correction to create a square image. This, in turn, created significant blurring at the edges of the image. The image below of the text displayed on the screen illustrates what I am talking about.
Those caveats aside, I was happy with the Beam H3’s ability to play any HD content I threw at it. If you need to mirror your phone screen, EZCast includes foam mounts and software support for the vertical (portrait) orientation of the projector.
Value proposition and final thoughts
If you’re looking for a “mini” projector in the $ 200-300 price range, I guess you’ve set your expectations appropriately. A DLP or LCD cinema projector this is not the case. However, if you have kids looking to show their favorite console or YouTube video, this will work just fine.
Conversely, if you’re a professional looking for a portable projector for office meetings or offsite business presentations, you’ll want to look elsewhere. Your room will need to be completely dark to have acceptable levels of light, which is basically a non-starter for professional use.
Overall, the EZCast Beam H3 is a great choice, as long as you plan for a suitable use case.