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Review

DOOGEE P1 Test - Smart Cube DLP Projector

by 11. May 2016
You could almost say we tested a Rubik's cube, but the Doogee P1 Smart Cube is more and can do a lot more. This little gadget in the form of the well-known magic cube is a powerful mini DLP projector, which has a few surprises in store. What the Doogee P1 Beamer has to offer and we hit the gadget, you'll learn in the detailed review.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

DOOGEE

Product

DOOGEE P1

Specifications

Projection technology: DLP
Native resolution: 854 x 480
Lichstrom: 70 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 800: 1
Lamp: LED (OSRAM)
Connections: Micro USB, USB
WIFI: 802.11b / g / n
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
OTG: Yes

Voltage: 3.8V
Battery capacity: 4800mAh

OS: Android 4.4
SoC: quad-core from Amlogic
Memory: 8GB ROM + 1GB RAM

streaming:
Miracast, DLNA, AirPlay, WiFi, Bluetooth, OTG

What's in the box

1x DLP Projector
1x charger
1x USB cable

First impression of Doogee P1

The Doogee P1 is supplied in the equally colored cardboard box, which contains a USB data or charging cable and a charger (5V 2A) in addition to the Smart Cube. Surprisingly, the manufacturer has not included a user manual, which can quickly become a problem with such a large gadget (more on this later). With an edge length of about 6.2cm, the Smart Cube P1 has a very compact housing, which allows the projector to be used as a mobile device. The colorful color scheme makes it visually very modern and appealing.

Externally, the projector is equipped with various connection options. Among other things, a micro USB port, which can be used to charge the 4800mAh large battery, can be concealed under small, removable covers, as well as being transmitted via this data. In addition, the P1 has a conventional USB 2.0 Type-A female, which allows other devices to charge. The Doogee P1 projector can therefore also be used as a power bank. Unfortunately, the device does not have an HDMI input. Other controls are the power button and a small wheel to correct the image sharpness.

The first, external impression of the Doogee P1 is quite positive. The workmanship is good and the design of the Smart Cube has also been successful.

DOOGEE P1 (Smart Cube P1) DLP Projector Review / Test

Hardware

The image is generated by a powerful OSRAM LED that generates a luminous flux of 70 lumens. The contrast ratio is 800: 1, the native resolution loves 854x480 pixels. The hardware of a mobile device also slumbers inside. A small quad-core processor from Amlogic, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory enable an executable operating system based on Android 4.4 KitKat. The projector is also equipped with a WiFi (1GHz) and Bluetooth 2.4 module to exploit all possibilities of wireless data transmission between the Smart Cube P4.0 and the playback device.

An integrated loudspeaker, which can also be addressed via Bluetooth, reproduces the sound transmitted by the playback device. The built-in battery, with a capacity of 4800mAh, serves as the power supply, but can be used as a power bank to charge other devices.

commissioning

The commissioning of the Doogee Smart Cube P1 was very difficult due to the missing operating instructions. When the device is switched on, the small fan of the projector sounds and after a few seconds you can see the native Android 4.4 interface. Via the side-mounted wheel the image sharpness can be adjusted later.

To operate the surface of the projector at all, you need a special app of the manufacturer. Of course, without manual, you do not know how to get to the app, let alone that such an app even exists. After switching it on and off several times, a start page with a QR code to the app appeared by accidentally pressing the power button (5 seconds) for a longer time. If you have scanned this with your smartphone or tablet, you can download the Doogee P1 app via a Chinese server.

Doogee P1 app

The app serves as a remote control, which allows the user interface of the projector can be operated. By default, the Doogee P1 is in hotspot mode, which creates its own Wi-Fi network to connect to. Within the app you scan the QR code generated by the projector, which connects the app to the WLAN of the beamer. Subsequently, the user interface can be operated largely freely.

Functions and streaming

native: The Doogee P1 can be connected to a WLAN. The already pre-installed Google Play Store can then be used to download any apps. For example, you can install YouTube so that playback is done directly from the preinstalled Android 4.4. Updates get the small cube OTA.

USB OTG: The DLP projector is OTG capable. Thus, a variety of peripherals can be connected to the device. The memory can also be expanded with a USB stick, which can then be used to play media.

Miracast: This feature is pre-installed on the Doogee P1. Via the app of the beamer, Miracast can be activated, with which you can then transfer the entire screen content of the playback device to the projector.

AirPlay: This transmission interface allows AirPlay compatible iOS and OSX devices to be used for streaming.

DLNA: This function can also be activated via the app. Subsequently, a DLNA App, which serves as a server at the same time, is started. With a corresponding DLNA client media can be streamed to the projector.

Bluetooth: The integrated Bluetooth module allows the Smart Cube to be used as an external speaker.

field test

After the initial difficult commissioning, the Doogee P1 was subsequently largely trouble-free. Unfortunately, the stream over Miracast was a bit unstable, which is why the beamer often produced aberrations. Whether it was due to my wireless or if the projector was just too weak to output the picture, I could not understand. The stream via DLNA, however, took place without any picture interference.

About OTG I could connect both a mouse, a keyboard and a USB stick. To use USB OTG you need an OTG adapter, which is not included in the delivery. With the already pre-installed file manager I was able to browse through the directories of the USB stick and play movies directly via the pre-installed media player.

The picture quality was the same in all streaming modes. The picture was even in the only slightly darkened room, in daylight, still very clearly visible. Even at a distance of about 2 meters, the Doogee P1 still projects a handsome image, where the color intensity and the contrast are sufficient to enjoy a movie. What bothered me a bit is the correction of the image sharpness. Here is a bit of instinct needed. The little wheel must be adjusted very carefully to get a sharp picture.

The maximum volume through the integrated speaker is sufficient to watch a movie without an additional speaker. However, you should not sit too far away from the P1. In addition, one should consider that the Doogee Smart Cube P1 must be cooled, which is why constantly a slight noise of the fan can be heard. The volume of the fan is still acceptable.

The battery life is just under 3 hours. That's enough to stream a complete movie. Of course, the device can also be charged while streaming. Charged is the completely empty battery after an average of 3 hours.

Final Words

rating
Positive

Design
Native Android 4.4
Good picture quality
Compact
Large 4800mAh battery

Negative

No HDMI
No audio input
No instruction manual

First impression
8.0
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Design
9.5
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everyday practicality
9.0
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picture quality
8.0
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App
7.0
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Battery life
8.5
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Summary

The Doogee P1 is a cool gadget that is second to none in terms of design. The compact design is extremely mobile, which is why the small DLP projector is ideal for a movie night outdoors, presentations, but also as a power bank or speaker.

The price of the Smart Cube is set a bit high, but it should be remembered that this device really acts as a mobile device and has the hardware of a small tablet.

Nevertheless, the Doogee P1 is in some ways still in need of improvement. Why the manufacturer has renounced a manual is puzzling to me. Also, I would have liked that the projector has a separate audio input and HDMI connectivity.

8.3
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