FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector

  • Supports 1080p/1080i/720p resolutions
  • Weighs less than 3 lbs; fits nicely in laptop case
  • Over 5 times as bright as standard LED projectors; LED lamp lasts an incredible 20,000 hours or 14 years (@ 4 hours a day)
  • Connections: 1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x Composite A/V, 1 x Component, 1 x S-Video, 1 x headphone/stereo jack
  • Accessories Included: 1 x VGA Cable, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x Composite A/V Cable, 1 x 19V Power Adapter & 1 x User Guide;
Product Description
LED projector as featured by PC Magazine. The RioHD-LED-2 by FAVI Entertainment offers the perfect balance in performance and affordability for business professionals, educators, gamers and home theater enthusiasts alike.Its revolutionary LED2 technology provides 20,000 hours or 14 years of lamp life (average of 4 hours per day). while boasting 4 times the brightness of a standard pico projectors. The quick connect VGA and portable design make it ideal for laptop p… More >>

Price: $242.95

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5 Responses to “FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector”

  1. NiQ says:

    This is the first projector I bought so I can’t compare it with the other Projectors in the market.

    I love it. For the price its worth it.

    Before I bought this I did a little research and this is what I found out and my primary concerns.

    I compared it with newsky-health led-2 and alanson led-2 and a bunch of projectors with the same input and shape. Are they all the same just with different names? all are made from china..

    The brand PMC has the same shape but different inputs and usb so its not the same..

    It has 1300 lumens brightness and to US standards 400 ansi only..

    -> What is its life span?

    Favi website and other website says 20,000 hours of life span while some and amazon say its 30,000..

    Who cares five years from now this will be obsolete and its life is good for more than 10 years if you use it 5-6 hours a day..

    With all the different information out there I really don’t know what is the real specs of this thing..

    -> Is it bright enough?

    It is good enough to watch with the lights or windows open if you are projecting it around 3ft(25″screen) ft to around 5ft(42″screen) away from the wall. The reason I started with 3ft is because that is the nearest distance you can watch from it. This is because the projectors manual focus limit is only up to there anything nearer than that will be blurry. Yes this projector’s focus is manual, by turning the lens to the right for near distance, to the left for far distance. Farther than that I think a dim light is required. The more distance the bigger the screen it projects the darker the room should be. Of course the darker the room the better.

    -> Does it heat up?

    Nope it remains cool. The built in fan is good enough to do this.

    -> How loud is the noise fan?

    Hmm I would say it makes the same noise as a desktop pc fan would or any 7 inch normal fan would make..

    -> Image display?

    More than satisfactory. I would say great..

    I have only tried it using hdmi connecting it to my laptop and watching movies using kmplayer w/ 720p and it works great and also tried playing psp 480p using a component cable works great also.

    With a dark room I have tried watchin with 120″ screen more than 12ft away and no complaints w/ the image quality.

    I dont advice it to be use for your laptops though for browsing or typing. In order for you to atleast read the characters clearly the resolution should only be 800 by 600(standard resolution nowadays is 1200×800)which really is annoying because you have to adjust you computer screen resolution and see a lot less on your screen.

    Also the 16:9 option is not applicable using the hdmi/component.

    keystone works great also for adjusting the angle image found at the bottom I didnt even know what a keystone was haha..

    There is also a TV input with lots of channels in this projector. I haven’t tried it though don’t have an antenna cant put a cable, it needs an adaptor. I find it weird that It has a tv input when it doesnt say it has one.. I have the white one I think the black one doesnt have any..

    -> Built in stereo sound?

    umm next question.. Let’s skip this..

    yeah it has stereo sounds but my laptops built in speaker sounds better.. I use my altec lansing expressionist instead and viola good quality sound..

    You are not buying this for the sound quality so c’est pas grave..

    What I don’t like about this projector is that inorder for you to access the menu and choose which output to choose hdmi/component/tv/video/etc you need the remote control so if you lose it then this projector is useless..

    Overall I’d say I gambled on buying this product since there is no reviews out there yet on this and so far I am happy about this purchase.. :)

    Hope this review is useful to you guys..

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. Rex Kullmann says:

    I’m having a lot of fun with this little projector. This just a very basic little projector that puts an emphasis on low cost, portability and easy setup. I have seen, though, some unfair comparisons between this little guy and more expensive projectors.

    Like all video projectors anywhere near it’s price, the RioHD-LED-2 is strictly standard definition. Any reference to high definition refers to the signals that this projector can accept. But no matter how high def the signal going in, the picture displayed is always 480p with an aspect ratio of 4 X 3.

    Like all LED projectors, the light level projected is less than the what is available from projectors using standard bulbs. I would say the image is bright enough for a typical lighted room in a home, but business users wanting a large picture will want to turn off the florescent lights over the screen.

    The RioHD-LED-2 has an adequate picture, but super high video fidelity is not the main point here. That’s true of the audio too. Sound is delivered by two less-than-one-inch speakers firing down from the bottom of the unit. “Stereo” is theoretical at best. Fidelity is only good enough to understand dialog, but the RioHD actually gets quite loud. Distortion gets worse as you increase the volume, though. If you want better sound, you’ll need a boom box or PA.

    If stellar performance isn’t the point, convenience may be. This is a projector that cooperates with you. You can throw the RioHD-LED-2 in a duffle bag, take it somewhere and set it up in less than a minute. Every input you’re likely to need is available. A button press will flip the picture to accommodate front or rear projection, whether you’re projecting from a table, upside down from the ceiling, or bouncing off a mirror. Twist the lens to focus, turn the keystone dial until the picture is square and you’re set.

    Here’s what I did with my RioHD-LED-2: I borrowed an idea from a local water park. I had a pool party and set up the projector along with an old DVD player and boom box and had poolside movies. A bed sheet clipped to the fence served as the screen. Everyone had a great time. Set up and tear down was fast and easy. Poolside movies are not something you’d want to do with an expensive projector. Here’s some other things you won’t want to do with an expensive projector: You know that old DVD player you have leftover from when you upgraded to Blu-ray? Why not set up a big screen theater for the kids in the basement? Got some white paint? Why not make a video game wall? How about setting the RioHD-LED-2 on the roof of your car and having drive-in movies on your garage door? When the cost gets this low, possibilities start to come to mind.

    Large companies will think of this little projector as disposable. For what their purchasing departments are used to spending on one projector, they can buy 10 RioHD-LED-2s. Power Point for everyone!

    My RioHD-LED-2 arrived with a non-working remote, so I get the chance to report on Favi’s customer service. Favi has a funky warranty. For 45 days, everything including shipping is covered. After 45 days until 1 year, Favi will repair the RioHD-LED-2 for a “flat fee.” They don’t say how much the fee is. In order to get warranty service, you must first go to Favi’s website and fill out a “Product Issue Submission Form.” Then you must wait for a technician to respond. Once you have convinced the tech that you have plugged the projector into a working outlet and remembered to take the lens cap off, you can return a defective unit for replacement. The technician helping me, Josh, seemed genuinely interested in understanding and solving my problem. He sent, by Priority Mail, a tested remote to replace mine. My remote problem took a total of 6 days to fix, from discovering the problem to holding a new remote in my hand. That includes a weekend.

    I think it’s pretty clear that Favi is just selling a rebadged generic Chinese-made projector. That’s OK. Just understand that there’s no miracle here; this little unit is no match for a home theatre projector costing thousands of dollars. It would be unreasonable to expect the RioHD-LED-2 to match the polish and performance of a projector from, say, Sony. But it does avoid many common projector problems. The quality seems OK. It doesn’t run hot. The fan doesn’t make too much noise and only runs for a few seconds after shutdown. You won’t have to stand around waiting for the RioHD to cool before tossing it back into your duffle bag. Favi customer service is courteous and helpful. Most importantly, the RioHD-LED-2 gives great value for it’s price. It’s cheap to buy and cheap to run since it uses less electricity than your living room TV probably does and will likely never need an expensive replacement bulb. While the audio isn’t great, at least it’s there; that’s not always true with video projectors. It’s great fun too. Have realistic expectations, and the RioHD-LED-2 is guaranteed to please.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. J. L. Hunter says:

    Previously bought a handheld projector for work but it wasn’t bright enough. Returned it and bought this projector. Although not quite as small as the handheld its substantially brighter with a better picture. Comes with a VGA cable to connect to my laptop. Colleagues were impressed by its size and performance. Easy to connect and use. Very portable and light. I’d recommend this product.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. First off the FAVI RioHD-LED-2 is not going to be a drop in replacement for a full 1080p projector. It’s clearly designed for portability. Being portable, it’s easy to set up. Most of the buttons on the remote and most of the options in the projector’s menu screens are self explanatory. The user guide is also helpful in case you get stuck. However being portable also means that it’s not as bright as a full sized projector, nor does it have as many features. That said, it’s pretty capable if you know how to get the most out of it.

    The design is practical for the most part, except that the projector’s keystone control is located on the bottom of the unit where it’s very hard to access while the projector is right side up. You have to lift the projector to access this control which makes fine tuning the keystone correction rather annoying. However I found that you can flip the projector upside down and use the built in image flip feature to get around this annoyance. The only button on the top of the projector is the power button, which you don’t really need access to since the remote control that comes with the LED-2 works very well. I have the projector on a bookcase behind me and point the remote at the screen and it still works fine.

    As with many projectors, the RioHD-LED-2 is best suited to a darkened room. This is where you will get the best image quality. The room need not be pitch black. Where I have this projector set up, the room is bright enough for me to easily make out where everything is. I can even make out the letters on my black Dell keyboard as I type this. I can easily achieve a 65+ inch projected image while still maintaining good greyscale. The trick is to turn the brightness up, and turn the contrast DOWN! The contrast settings on this projector are way overdriven by default. Turning the contrast down to about 20 (default is 50) will give you a much more detailed image while still maintaining good black levels. You’ll want to turn the brightness up though. How high up depends on the room lighting.

    Image resolution is this projector’s weakest point. It’s a standard definition projector. It supports resolutions up to 1920×1080, but it downsamples them to 640×480, the native resolution of the internal LCD panel. However the projector does compensate for this to some degree with built in anti aliasing that actually looks pretty good. 800×600 looks almost as detailed as 640×480, and 1024×768 is detailed enough to be useable.

    The RioHD-LED-2 supports several video inputs, including S-video and Component video, but only two audio inputs. All the video inputs except for VGA and HDMI share the same audio input. VGA doesn’t have an audio input, and HDMI has its audio integrated with the video as is standard. The projector also has a standard 3.5mm headphone audio out jack. You can listen to the projector with a pair of headphones, or you can get creative and connect it to a stereo system using a headphone to RCA plug adapter cable. The projector’s built in speakers are adequate, but connecting it to a stereo system really improves the listening experience. In a pinch you can also connect a pair of computer speakers for better sound.

    To summarize: The RioHD-LED-2 is a nice little projector at a great price. It’s not perfect and it won’t replace a full 1080p projector, but if you need a small low cost projector with a decent picture that you can quickly set up just about anywhere, it will do the job just fine.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. The Lumen output was promoted as 400lm. When the item was measure using ANSI measurement standards the actual Lumen output was 43.7 Lumen. Not happy about this! I have emailed FAVI twice and have not heard back at all from them. I informed you on your prior request for feedback!

    Rating: 1 / 5

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