Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 projector review: Laser-powered picture cube

The Epson EF12 is a tiny projector with built-in streaming and surprisingly loud speakers, all packed into a slick-looking cube. It’s a one-stop shop for movie nights anywhere you can run an extension cord. The downside? For $1,000, its picture quality is no great shakes, with below-average contrast ratio and a rather dim image compared to other projectors in this price range.

Like

  • Great design
  • Sounds big for its size
  • Android TV streaming buit-in

Don’t Like

  • Not very bright
  • Mediocre contrast ratio
  • Expensive

As you can guess from its design, however, the EF12 doesn’t intend to compete with traditional home theater projectors. For one thing, it’s tiny: way less than a foot cubed. So it can fit just about anywhere. There are multiple HDMI inputs, Wi-Fi and Android TV. It can even double as a Bluetooth speaker. And it also uses a laser light source, so you never need to

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