The current trend in home entertainment at the moment is bigger is better. Bigger TV screens and bigger audio is what everyone is touting and cramming into their, often too small, entertainment rooms at home. But the reality is not always bigger is better, sometimes some things in a small packages provide you with some of the most surprising results. Sometimes you are looking to add a bit of entertainment to your child’s bedroom and done need the 100inch screen. This is a gap that Doogee has seen in the market and they are looking to fill that gap by offering a very affordable, small form factor projector for only $185 with the Doogee Smart Cube P1. How good is this mini projector? Let’s take a look in our Doogee Smart Cube P1 review.
Doogee Smart Cube P1 Review – What’s in the Box?
The Doogee Smart Cube P1 shipped packaged in a plain cardboard shipping box which was free from any damage from delivery. The Smart Cube was packaged securely inside the shpping box ensuring that it arrived in one piece free of any problems.
Opening the shipping container I was greeted with the small but brightly colours packaging of the Doogee Smart Cube P1. The design of the packaging follows the same design as the cube itself, making use of red, yellow, blue and white colours with the slogan printed on the front of the box and product name printed on the bottom right.
Opening the box I found everything very securely package and nothing was loose inside. The package contents contained:
Doogee P1 DLP Projector
1x USB Cable
The Smart Cube P1 – It’s Small, it’s a Cube and it Looks Great!
When it comes to the design of the Doogee Smart Cube P1 there is one thing that instantly springs to my mind… Rubiks Cubes! The device instantly reminds me of the Rubiks Cube which makes my inner geek happy. Doogee has opted for a small form factor cube design with bold colour statements and geometric panels. Generally something this bold would look out of place with most home entertainment setups, however, because the projector is so small it really isn’t an issue at all and I think it looks great.
The device is constructed of very sturdy plastic that is equipped with ventilation holes to ensure that the projector stays cool whilst it is running. Helping support the plastic housing is a strong aluminium frame.
On the front of the projector you will find the Doogee logo stamped on the corner as well as the product name.
The Ins and Outs of it
The Doogee Smart Cube P1 doesn’t come equipped with the large number of interface options that we are used to seeing on Android TV boxes as both limited to what they can pack in due to the size of the projector but also because they have put a strong emphasis on wireless connectivity.
On the front of the device you will find the projectors lens located at the top right. I love the way the lens has been fitted as it looks like it is part of the product design. Doogee could very easily have just dumped the lens in there but they have clearly taken to the time to fit it in the most appealing way possible.
On the left side of the port you remove a pop out cover which exposes a USB 2.0 port.
On the right side of the Doogee P1 you will find a micro USB port which is used for power, the power button and the control wheel for setting the focus.
Doogee gives you the minimum required in order to be able to enjoy your content on the projector however I ideally would have like to have seen another USB port so we could attach a flash drive as well as a video input so we could connect other devices to it. The only way to play media using the projector is via installed applications, AirPlay, Miracast and DLNA.
The Doogee Smart Cube P1 Remote Control
The Doogee Smart Cube P1 that we were sent came with a Doogee remote control provided. The remote control is made of plastic and provides you with the basic controls needed for media playback including power button, menu, directional control pad, select button. Back, mouse click button, home button and volume control.
The problem with the remote control that we were sent is that you need to plug in a USB receiver into the projector which means that you no longer have a USB port you can use.
My recommendation is to use the available Doogee Smart Cube P1 remote control app that provides you with all the functionality you could need in a remote control whilst leaving the USB port available for something else.
Built-in 3.8v 4800mAh (Powerbank mode or Reverse Charging)
Initial Setup and Using the P1
Now don’t be fooled by the small form factor, the Doogee Smart Cube P1 packs in a serious little projector inside which will surprise anyone just how good it is when powered on. Doogee boasts that the projector can project a screen size of up to 90 inches and I am inclined to believe them. Firing up the mini projector I was amazed at the picture quality that was beaming out from the P1 considering its very small size.
When you first start up the projector you are asked to install the remote control app from Doogee. To do so you simply scan the QR code which takes you to a link to download the APK for the app which you must install manually.
Edit 21/02/2017 – The website now appears to be offline and you are unable to download the APK for the app. After much hunting online we have found a copy of the file being hosted elsewhere that you can use to download it. You can get it here (file is not hosted by The Streaming Blog).
Once you have the app installed you are required to connect to the projectors WiFi host spot and then connect the projector to the phone app. The Doogee Smart Cube P1 is powered by Android 4.4 and provides you with both Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi connections.
The P1 comes equipped with the standard Android 4.4 launcher which, while it doesn’t look great, does provide you with access to everything that you need in order to use the projector. There are a number of pre-installed apps including an Office quite, Miracast and Happy Cast which provide you with video streaming options.
You are able to install any applications you wish from either the installed Google Play store or by sideloading the APKs. I did not experience any issues with either the Google Play Store or sideloading APKs and I was able to install the applications I wanted easily.
In regards to media playback I was easily able to stream content to the P1 easily and the whole process went smoothly as was expected. I noticed no issues of lag or buffering and the performance was great. For media play back I generally use Kodi which is what I use for all of my media playback on my different media players and I was able to install and run it fine on the Doogee Smart Cube P1. Kodi is available on the Google Play store for free. I was able to play my H.265 and H.264 videos with no issues at all.
Launching the Kodi app was trouble free and I did not notice any issues such as lag or stuttering. Navigating around the Kodi app was a smooth experience and media playback was great.
The image that was projected from the P1 onto my home theatre wall was surprisingly crisp and clear and I was able to get a huge picture on the wall with no issues at all. The focus wheel located on the back of the projector allowed me to set the focus easily in order to get a clear picture. Even though the resolution is only 854×480 the picture quality absolutely fine for movies and TV shows.
The speakers that are built into the projector are ok for their size but ideally you would want to use an external speaker source such as Bluetooth speakers to fully enjoy audio playback.
Where to Buy
If you would like to grab a great little projector for a cheap price head on over to Gearbest and pick one up for only $185.
The Doogee Smart Cube P1 really does pack a punch for its price and size. It projects a great image that is suitable for movies and TV shows and is a great option if you want t add a bit of entertainment to your child’s bedroom. You certainly do get value for money.