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So I figured I'd do an after purchase update.
In the end while searching for the Vankyo V600 a few other projectors where suggested by Amazon and I ended up buying an even cheaper German re-brand of a generic Chinese budget projector. It's basically from the same factory as the Vankyo as far as I can tell because I can see a lot of similarities between the Vankyo and the one I got.
The projector suits its purpose (cheap extra throw for the bedroom) A bit of a shame that although these cheap throws aren't super bright you also can't tone the brightness down either which would have been nice. My experience so far is more or less comparable to the video review in the link to the Vankyo. However I did put mine at an angle and you can then simply adjust the keystone and still get everything in focus (I had to do this in order to project on the ceiling). Also mine did not give me any grief playing video files straight from a thumb drive so that's a plus as well. One thing that I don't have is an SD card slot and that's something that the Vankyo does seem to have.
One thing that bothered me a bit and I don't know if that's mentioned in the Vankyo review is that the minimum throw distance is around 2 meters. Any close and you just can't focus. Luckily I have enough room but I needed to rearrange things a bit for it all to work.
My version of the generic projector is the Topvision T26. Other names I have found on Aliexpress for what seems to be exactly the same projector are: ThundeaL T26, Real TV T26, ALSTON T26, Touyinger T26 and Everycom T26. On Amazon I see the same projector pop up under the names Hompow T26, CiBest T26 and Qucking T26. So basically you just need to search for T26 Projector and go for the cheapest offering you can find.
I paid around $170 for it and got it delivered the next day (yesterday).
I also spotted a few different branding varieties on the Vankyo V600 on Aliexpress also at a sub $250. Only time will tell if this is a better choice than a second hand Optoma or BenQ.