Philips Screeneo 2.0 Review | Get the Big Picture
Get the Big Picture
There are a lot of things going on in the projector market. Mainly, these are things which try to combine high pixel count up to HD 1080p, portability in pico projectors, built-in speakers, high level of brightness, color correction and others. These developments are due to the competition brought about by cheaper LED TV with 4K UHD capability. The Philips Screeneo 2.0 aims to solve most of those problems.
Projectors have to compete not only in functionality but also in durability. The main weakness of projectors is the bulb. For another, projectors are not designed for extended use. Additionally, if you want to have a high resolution video via a projector, you need to have a larger machine, throwing videos from a distance at a big blank wall.
It has extended the bulb life to 10,000 hours, which is great by projector standards. It can project 120 inch video onto a screen from less than 2 feet away from the wall. It has a Dolby 2.1 sound system. It has all of these packed in a relatively small bin-sized container.
Philips Screeneo 2.0 is not just an upgrade from the original Philips Screeneo. It is a major bump in specifications. In all honesty, it is a different product from the Screeneo. It is almost twice the size of the original, with larger speakers and a bigger throw.
There is a lack of a magnifier, which means that in order to have a larger picture, you have to physically move the projector away from the screen or the wall. In this case, it would need to be 42 cm away from the wall to project a 120-inch picture. This is less than two feet distance and barely noticeable.
Making full use of Philips remarkable audio systems, the Screeneo has a builtin Dolby 2.1 audio. With Bluetooth support, you can use the Screeneo as a sound system paired with your digital media player, tablet, or smartphone.
At this size, this is not a pico projector. However, it is compact and portable. It even has a handle, and except for the top projection system, looks and feels like a 1990s CD player, without the CD, of course. With the handle, it looks like a square bucket.
• Portable and easy to setup
• Impressive video
• Great built-in audio
• Color correction tools
• Wide set of video and media connectors
• Support for Bluetooth
• 3D capable
Philips Screeneo 2.0
Philips Screeneo 2.0 is a top-projecting short-throw projector, with builtin Dolby 2.1 speakers, connectors for almost all media devices, and Bluetooth support. Manufactured by Philips, it is designed like most Philips devices, which means that it looks a bit off, but with a lot of sensibilities.
The advantage of a short throw projector is that you can have it close to the wall and it will still show a large screen. This makes it function more like a TV rather than a traditional projector you set in the middle of the room. The video is projected from the top of the Screeneo 2.0, with the bulb itself at the bottom of the well and reflected to the top. Philips is proud to announce that they used a new bulb which is rated for 10,000 hours of use. Traditionally, this is the weakest part of the system, however, by projector standards, 10,000 hours is a long time and a big jump in bulb lifetime.
Like most projectors, there are technical issues you have to live with. However, the Screeneo 2.0 does a better job at fixing these than most. There is no bowing of the picture. Bowing is equivalent to a still camera’s barreling effect, except that the bow appears at the top of the picture. There is a noticeable loss of sharpness at the edges. This becomes more in larger images. To counteract this, you may need to limit the projection to 90 inches. On the bright side, the delivers great images, good contrast, and less shudder during action sequences.
There are controls for the color correction, which include calibrating for the wall’s color. It is not easy to find a white wall to project to. In which case, you can calibrate the video according to the wall’s color.
The Dolby 2.1 audio has a big boost in output. Centrally located, it delivers wide audio comparable to the wide video. There might be some problems with the loud or extended low notes like explosions, as the bass tries to keep up. But all in all, it delivers a full 2.1 experience, without the use of external speakers.
Philips Screeneo 2.0 has three HDMI ports. This goes along with a digital audio port, a USB port, and a VGA PC port. For completeness, it also has a composite video jack. This set of connectors allows the user to play practically from any video source. With its 1080p video capability, using this as a secondary monitor for a PC would be a bit of an overkill, though it would be fun to play video games on it.
The Screeneo 2.0 supports Bluetooth. You can use the projector as a Bluetooth speaker by just pairing your device with the projector. Dolby 2.1 sound via Bluetooth in a portable package is a welcome bonus. Philips has a tradition of great audio systems, and it does not fail with the Screeneo. The audio is great, although as mentioned above there are instances where the bass.
The Philips Screeneo is a big production number incorporating a lot of innovation. Ultimately, Philips threw in everything that they had into this small portable projector. The only thing lacking is storage memory, and an operating system. However, because of its size, and its power, it would also need a large battery pack to be truly portable.
There are issues with some instances of color banding, but even then, these artifacts also occur with most BlueRay, and HD videos. In essence, these are minor inconveniences.
There are few compromises on the Philips Screeneo 2.0. It delivers on the video and the audio. However, it might not fit a niche. There are projectors with better video and audio at a lower price range. It is possible to setup a system which approximates the Screeneo’s capabilities without the expensive price tag. However, when it comes down to it, is that the Screeneo presents a unique set of features not available in a single package.