AERODYNAMICS - Great review on the Chiq B5U as it’s a new product there are not many reviews out there as yet.
If the YOUTUBE VIDEO doesnt work see the UPDATED link
Here is a quick summary (albeit of the longer 17 minute version posted yesterday)
• Overall, pleasantly surprised
• Fengmi 4k was my alternative option before favouring B5U so it didn’t have to be rooted and B5U had the English menus
• B5U has best input lag times for gaming.
• can hit 45 milliseconds on input lag time I tested it got 54.2 milliseconds but maybe due to my delay via DiVo.
• When I'm playing video games I don't really notice any lag at all
• Free from bloatware, maximises memory space, prefer to use my own apps such as Apple TV, Netflix
• but you can add your own as its Android 8 (it does also come with a free Amazon Firestick)
o High level of picture and image control and also frame interpolation which you don't see often on a $2000 projector
o Pictures great
o black levels on this projector are pretty good
o Contrast is much better than any projectors I ever had
o Even with the lights on contrast is still good and still watchable. This was not possible with my previous projectors even on the same screen
• Dolby Vision - As far as I know this is the only projector on the market that can decode Dolby Vision and the colors look normal so it's not a hack.
• I bought this from the USA from a UK retailer
• I believe this is exclusive to this UK retailer for good reason
o The retailer is quick to respond after the sale
o They speak English so you know there's no language barrier
• Beware of customs fees (tax) which cost me $300 if importing
• Ordered the black model not the silver one which online images didn’t look great but the silver one actually looks nice when I actually got it
It does compare well against all the UST products on the market for the current price point and it’s a very high spec for sure.
With regards to the issues raised on the colour and the customs fees.
Apologies re the colour issue confusion as you are correct that its more of a silver colour than a black colour. This was a change for the higher build quality for the UK product and we have only just been made aware of this and it will be changed to silver on the site now.
Personal Projector Ltd are the UK retailer that will ship worldwide for you. As with any export outside the European Union (EU) the purchase terms require the importer to check with customs prior to shipping if there are any customs charges.
In many cases the items can go through customs unchecked and without further charge. Even if there are customs charges, there should be no customs duties but there could well be VAT or Sales Taxes as well as a handling fee depending on the courier / country its being imported into.
However, its worth noting that you don’t need to pay the 20% vat sales tax when shipping to outside the EU from the UK so that’s a huge saving on the total price.
Also, we can on request change the shipping terms for you on this item and ship Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) so that all costs are taken care of prior to shipping and there are no surprise custom fees. This maybe cheaper than taking the risk of customs charging you at the receiving end and we can give you a quote for DDP prior to shipping as there will be additional costs to pay after the order is placed. Please just email us.
FULL TEXT TRANSCRIPTION B5U Video Review (Original Long Version)
Hey what's up everybody.
Just wanted to do short video of the B5U ultra short throw projector.
It's fairly new model released late 2019 so there's not a lot of info on it online I've not seen a lot of reviews actually so I just wanted to give you a quick overview of the menus and my thoughts on the projector.
So far I've been pleasantly surprised.
I was going to purchase a Fengmi 4K ultra short throw and decided to cancel the order and purchase this instead because I didn't want to have to deal with rooting the O. S. As you can see the [B5U] menus come pre configured in English.
And all of the B5U menus, everything's in English already so you don't have to root anything you don't have to hack anything.
So that that was important to me to get lower input lag times and also English menus but after reading up on it during the research Fengmi just seemed really complicated so that's one of the reasons why I decided to go with B5U instead so what you're seeing right now is the main menu.
This is what you'll see when you booted up for the first time with nothing plugged into inputs.
As you can see its very minimalistic, there's no apps preinstalled there's no apps store.
So if you want to load any apps you have to side load them. It is running android 8.0
So I'm glad that they chose to do it this way because I would I probably wouldn't use the apps if they were pre installed anyway.
I use an apple TV and my PS4 for all my streaming and apps.
So I'm glad that they chose to leave it to save up some resources and memory and free from bloatware and crapware.
There is some crapware or what I would call crapware on the projector like this TV manager. Not sure exactly what it does but it's sort of reminds me of one of those freeware anti virus apps that you would download on your PC. Its got a bunch of tools optimizers.
Not really sure what it does but I want to use it and there's also this memory optimizer every time you hit the OK button on the remote.
I think what it does is it clears up the cache.
So other than that you know the Source is pretty self explanatory you can choose between the different sources.
Media is where you would go if you have files or USB files plugged into the projector.
System upgrade is where you'll go to update the firmware. I'm on the latest version.
Settings - pretty self explanatory it does have an extensive amount of picture controls if you go into the menu and true color you can basically adjust RGB C. M. Y. which is kind of cool.
I noticed a blue tint on all the picture modes but with this level of control I'm positive that it can be calibrated out. I'm not that critical of the viewing it's good to know that.
If I want to dial in or dial out the blue tint then I can do so, there is a sub menu.
Which I believe you can only access when videos playing so the menu has an additional white balance controls for RGB.
And I'm not sure if they're supposed to be used in conjunction with one another or one over the other.
But it's there so I'm confident that between true color settings and the native RGB controls that any sort of tint you see on the projector can be dialled or calibrated in/out.
So there's also frame interpolation which you don't see often on a $2000 projector.
But it's there but I leave it off.
I know a lot of people like the soap opera effect but I leave it off.
There's also a gamma mode. These are the options.
Dynamic or digital noise reduction dynamic dolby. I leave those off for input lag purposes and speaking of input lag….
Just been published by several U. K. retailers that this can hit 45 milliseconds on input lag time I tested it [ ] and got 54.2 milliseconds.
BUT I realize after the fact that I have my DiVo plugged in to my receiver and so the receiver could be adding some additional input lag time and that could be the ten milliseconds difference that I saw.
But when I'm playing video games I don't really notice any lag at all.
And to be honest the projector I had before was a viewsonic PHP XP100 HD.
Which is rated at sixteen milliseconds so a really fast input lag time BUT I don't notice a difference between this projector and that one to be honest.
So maybe if you're a competitive gamer or someone who plays a lot of first person shooters you might notice a difference but for the type of games that I play which are mostly sports games I don't notice a difference at all.
So that's the main thing, everything else I'm not going to go through because it's pretty self explanatory.
There is one thing I want to show here which is the motorized focus, another nice addition for a $2000 projector.
Speaking of which I purchased this from a U. K. online retailer for just under $2000.
And so if you're thinking about purchasing this I just want to give you a heads up.
One thing you should know is that you're going to get hit with a customs invoice.
Yes I was expecting to pay customs fees which is fine. I was just shocked when I got hit with a three hundred dollar bill.
So just give you a heads up if you plan to get this from a U. K. retailer look out for that and also one thing is I believe this B5U model to be a U. K. exclusive for the U. K. market only. I haven't seen this on any of the Chinese ecommerce websites like Ali Baba Ali express JD.com TAbou, all those websites don't carry this model.
I've only seen this on sale through U. K. retailers and that's the reason why I think that this model was made for the UK market which I appreciate for several reasons:
I've been in contact with the retailer I purchased it from several times after the fact and they've been quick to respond.
They speak English so you know there's no language barrier so that's always good. It remains to be seen how warranty work is going to be handled in the event that I need to do it. You know hopefully I won't but it's good to know that they can communicate with us and they will respond quickly.
So there's that one thing I want to show you and really the main purpose of this video.
I'm going to play a couple of video files here.
There are no projectors on the market that's capable of playing Dolby vision.
Or so they say.
What I noticed when I hooked up my apple TV to this for a first time is that apple TV asked whether I wanted to switch to Dolby vision mode.
I thought that was interesting so I clicked yes and everything looked normal nothing looked out of whack.
And every time I play Dolby Vision enabled movie or TV show from Netflix an Dolby Vision icon pops up in the upper left hand corner and so I wanted to verify that what I was seeing was not an anomaly.
So what we're going to do here is I have my NAS drive and it's got some Dolby vision demo files and we're gonna play that and you'll see that It's not just an apple TV thing, its not by accident.
At any time you play any sort of Dolby Vision content it decodes it, reads it, recognizes it so let's play this one.
And you'll notice in the upper left hand corner the Dolby vision local will pop up.
And again everything looks great everything looks normal.
The colors look the way they should as far as I can tell.
Our black levels on this projector are pretty good.
I wouldn't say they're JVC or Sony level although I've never seen that before with my own eyes but I do have a lot of experience with use of DLP projectors. I had a BenQ W1070 before I've had other BenQs. I can't remember the model number but it's the one that had to RGB color wheel and was rated at 30000:1 as it was a really high output RGB projector. More recently I had a viewsonic VX800 HD and what I can tell you is that the black levels on the B5U aren't noticeably darker than any of those projectors.
Contrast is much better than any of those projectors I ever had but it could be a UST thing.
And this is a snow white screen by the way I purchase from Ali Baba similar to what you would see from X. Y. screens or elite. I'm of the opinion that they're all pretty much the same.
But to start right now I have all the lights off.
But even during the day when the light is coming through the window or if I turn it on when the lights was do that right now.
So we've got the lights on and as you can see.
The contrast quality is still pretty good.
So we got these lights on behind the screen and then I've got another lamp here.
About three feet away from the screen which we can turn on.
And that's going to affect the picture for a little bit more but it's still very watchable.
What I can tell you is that when I had the PX800 with the same screen anytime I turn on this lamp the picture was barely watchable.
And with the B5U it's a little bit brighter and lot more contrast - see.
Even with this light on which is about three feet away its still watchable.
Normally I don't have the lamp on because this is very bright.
So I I leave this back light on whenever I need or some sort of lighting in the room and it doesn't really affect the picture at all. Its very watchable the way it is now.
But let's turn off the lights.
Again the Dolby vision logo you see there.
I'm not sure what is doing. Dolby vision analyzes each frame. It's a sort dynamic tone and it recognizes the format and decodes it.
As far as I know this is the only projector on the market that can decode Dolby Vision and the colors look normal so it's not a hack.
And as a matter of fact let me show you something else.
When you're playing Dolby Vision Files. These are the two picture settings that you get.
You get Dolby vision bright and dark.
So you know that's basically what I wanted to show you.
The build quality of the projectors pretty nice it's got some weight to it and heavy.
One thing is that. I ordered the black model not the silver one.
And I noticed right off the bat before even opening a box that they shipped us the silver one because it says on the label so I was pretty upset but once I got into my hands and looking at it in person it's not bad at all it actually.
Looks nice when you when you look at but online through the pictures the silver one looks like cheap plastic toy but in reality it's pretty nice it's got this kind of luxury look to it.
I would still prefer a black one over it but the silver one looks nice and it was definitely not enough to make me want to return it and ship it back to the UK and pay for shipping all that.
If you have any questions or if you're thinking about purchasing the projector and want to know more about it drop a comment and I'll give you my thoughts.
So until next time I'll see you guys later.