Wemax Dice projector review: Portable home entertainment system

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The Wemax Dice is a small and reasonably light projector that can be used to present from a Mac, but is best used as a TV.

Like the Wemax Nova projector before it, the Wemax Dice is built on Android, which poses some problems for Apple users.

There’s no point streaming from an iPhone, for example, nor can you use an iPhone to speed up the setup process with your Wi-Fi credentials. That said, setup is simple, and you can connect a Mac or Apple TV to the Wemax dice and present using that.

What the Dice offers over other projectors is a kind of rugged portability. It’s a battery-powered projector, although it can work when plugged into an outlet, and everything about it is designed to make it quick and convenient to use.

Build quality and design

The Wemax Dice is easily portable, with a carrying strap, but it’s also chunky and sturdy enough that you’ll never accidentally knock it over. It weighs 4.8 pounds, which is 0.1 pounds heavier than a 16-inch MacBook Pro.

It feels heavier, as that weight is in a large 6.10-inch by 4.9-inch by 6.30-inch cube. Rather than heavy, however, it feels solid.

You still need to take good care of it, but you’ll have no qualms about putting it in the trunk of your car or using it in just about any environment. You might forget to put it away, but you won’t mind turning it on in a windy area.

That said, there are environments where it works better than others.

Best and Worst Operating Environments

The Wemax Dice looks like something you want to use outdoors, maybe camping. It’s kind of the right size for that, plus it has a battery, so it doesn’t need to be kept in offices and rooms with power outlets.

Wemax quotes a battery life of two to three hours, so let’s assume it will work for an average length movie. If you watch Marvel Epics, it has a DC input, so you just need to find an expansion strip.

With a brightness of 700 ANSI lumens, it has to be dark before there is optimal light outside for viewing. AppleInsider I tried throwing it over a garden hedge, and it was surprisingly good even on that kind of broken surface, but only when it was late in the evening.

In this case, we have projected further than what Wemax recommends. The project is designed to project an image up to about 10.5 feet, and we nearly doubled that.

There’s no way you’ll sit down comfortably to watch a movie from this distance, but what it does very easily is create a video wall out of the hedge. For an evening out, where you won’t be concentrating on the movie or a presentation, this is a bright and entertaining system.

To actually watch something, to properly enjoy a YouTube video or an Amazon Prime movie, you need a clear wall and keep it about 10 feet away from the projector. At this distance, the resolution is 1920 x 1080 and the contrast ratio is 1000:1 for a screen size ranging from 48 inches to 120 inches.

Every time you move the projector, it goes into autofocus mode and recalibrates the projection to make the image as sharp as possible.

It’s fast enough and good enough that you don’t want to adjust the focus yourself. You might not want to keep banging against the table you’re placing the projector on, as the autofocus will interrupt any video playback.

On the sound side, the internal speakers of the Wemax Dice may be sufficient. It’s mono, though, so you might want to pair the projector with separate Bluetooth speakers instead.

Unlike some other projectors, however, the Wemax Dice comes without adjustable feet. It is not possible to tilt the projector directly without getting something stuck underneath.

However, it comes with a mount for a standard tripod. So it could be raised on one of them, and the tripod head could be adjusted to focus the beam where you want it.

Present from a Mac or Apple TV

The Wemax dice comes with an HDMI port. Connect a MacBook Pro or Apple TV to this, and you can choose Dice’s Source menu to select your device.

The MacBook Pro treats the Wemax Dice as a second screen when you do this. It also changes the resolution of its main sound, making everything very small.

So it’s best to find your video and open it on the Mac before connecting to the Dice projector.

Then the video works right away, but the sound does not. You have to go separately on Mac System PreferencesSo choose Hisand Production. Select the dice from the list of possible audio outputs, and all audio is routed through the projector.

If you’re using an Apple TV and plan to show a Keynote presentation rather than play a video, you need an extra step. You will need to use AirPlay to stream from iPhone or iPad to Apple TV.

Using Wemax dice as a TV

Point the Wemax dice at a better maintained wall or hedge and you can watch the TV video without anything but an internet connection. It comes with YouTube and Amazon Prime built-in, and through the Google Play Store you can add more.

Notably, it does not include Netflix. However, in addition to an HDMI port, the Dice has a USB-A port, so you can plug in an Amazon Fire Stick, or similar, to get Netflix.

On the side of the projector lens is a sensor used for autofocus

On the side of the projector lens is a sensor used for autofocus

Should I buy

Any projector built on Android will be of less benefit to an iPhone user. And carrying around a MacBook is far less convenient than being able to stream from your phone.

Nevertheless, the Wemax Dice is a solid, robust and good projector. What you lose in brightness compared to other larger projectors, you gain in battery-powered portability.

  • rugged portable
  • Battery lasts at least two hours
  • The autofocus is excellent
  • HDMI port means you can connect MacBook Pro, Apple TV
  • Designed for Android users, streaming from iPhone is not convenient
  • Built-in features do not include Netflix

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Or buy

Wemax dice sell for $700, but are generally available on Amazon for around $535.

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