Yaber Y31 Review – A Better Full HD Budget Projector?

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To be honest, the budget projector market is filled with lemon projectors that promise a lot and deliver very little. Hence, it can be a tricky choice while buying a budget projector that works well.

Having said that, few brands offer excellent spec’d budget projectors and put money where their mouth is. One such budget projector brand is Yaber that offers a slew of entry-level and budget projectors that perform very well.

One such projector that we’re going talk about today is the Yaber Y31. In this Yaber Y31 review, we’ll go over the projector’s design, build quality and performance. Later, I’ll let you know should you invest your hard-earned money on this budget projector or not.

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Yaber Y31 Review

  • 【Native 1080P Projector &18000LM】Yaber WiFi home 4K projector provides native 1920*1080P high-resolution pictures with 20000:1 high contrast ratio, supports Full HD 4K video. If you fell other 15000 lumens projector is dim, try this one. Compared with other projectors, Yaber projector provides higher quality, clearer, brighter and sharper images. With 99% NTSC technology and high-reproduction original colors, it provides more realistic and natural viewing experience
  • 【2.4G+5G WiFi & Bluetooth 5.1 Function】 The latest Yaber Full HD projector adopts the most advanced 5G WiFi function, which can synchronize the picture wirelessly without additional adapter. The Yaberprojector with wifi and bluetooth bring more stable signal and faster transmission. Build-in dual 10W HiFi Stereo surround speaker and Bluetooth which allows you to wirelessly connect ideal Bluetooth speakers/Bluetooth headsets and Airpods at any time, bring you an excellent audio-visual experience.
  • 【4P/4D Keystone Correction & 50%-100% Zoom Function】With upgraded 4P and 4D keystone correction, Yaber portable projector can not only adjust the vertical or horizontal direction, but also adjust the 4 corners of the picture independently. With zoom function, it can shrink the image size from 100% to 50% using the remote without moving the movie projector.
  • 【350'' Giant Screen & PPT Conference】 Yaber outdoor projector supports 50-350" projection size with 1.6-10m projection distance, which ensures larger viewing angle and more picture details. Excel/Word/PPT/PDF can be easily displayed on the projector via your USB stick. Say bye to complicated connections and make small conferences more efficient. This home cinema projector has HDMI, AV, USB and 3.5 mm audio output multi interfaces, perfect for playing videos, TV shows, games, concerts, etc.
  • 【200,000 Hours Lamp Life & Professional Support】Adopted the latest SmarEco technology and the most stable LED screen, the lifespan of the Yaber WiFi Bluetooth projector can reach 200,000 hours. Yaber provides a 3-year warranty and professional support for the projector. If you have any question about the Yaber Full HD WiFi Bluetooth projector, please contact us immediately, and you will receive a quick solution within a working day.

First Impression & Design

At first glance, the Yaber Y31 looks a little hefty and is a medium-sized budget projector. It weighs 5.7 pounds and measures 12 inches wide, 9 inches deep and 4.1 inches high.

Talking about the design, the textured front hosts an IR sensor and a projection lens, located on the extreme left side of the projector. Just above the projection lens, you can see a focus dial and zoom ring for fine tuning the projection.

Yaber Y31 Nativie 1920x1080p projector

The top is fairly empty and has a control panel and navigation buttons situated at the top right corner. The left and the right sides have perforations for exhaust fans and airflow, whereas the right side also sports 2x USB ports.

The back contains connectivity options like 2x HDMI ports, 1x VGA port, 1x headphone jack, and 1x AV port. The back also has another IR sensor and power cable connector. Plus, you get 2x stereo speakers placed on the left and right side of the projector’s back.

Yaber has been generous enough and you get plenty of accessories within the package itself. Once you open the box, you are greeted with the projector, along with an HDMI cable, VGA cable, composite video cable, RCA cable, instruction manual, remote control and two height adjustment screws. Compared to many budget projectors I’ve reviewed, you get numerous accessories in the Yaber Y31’s package.


Built Quality & Performance

The Yaber Y31 has an entire plastic body construction, which is apt for the price. The projector casing is white and has a rectangular box-like design that is common in most budget projectors.

Out of the box, the projector looks solidly built, as there’s no squeaking of plastic when you move it around. The body is very stable and there’s no panel gaps whatsoever. Hence, you won’t have any issues using this projector on a day-to-day basis, plus it can take everyday beating unless it falls. A fall from waist height might be enough to damage the projector’s internals and its projection lens permanently.

Yaber Y31 Budget Home Theater Projector
Yaber Y31 package contents

Setting up the projector is very straightforward and most times you won’t have any issues. If it’s your first time using a projector, then the initial setup can take some time. You’ll need to adjust the projector distance from the wall/screen, keystone adjustments, and focus and zoom adjustments.

Although, an issue that plagues most budget projector is that the setting screen projection will be slightly bigger than regular projection. The settings screen looks very basic; however, you get all the important options to improve your projector using experience.

Priced under $250, the Yaber Y31 comes with native resolution of 1920 x 1080p. Thus, you can get better picture quality compared to 720p resolution on most budget projectors. This projector support maximum projection of 300-inches; however, the sweet spot is between 80-120-inches. You can achieve a 100-inch projection from a distance of just 10 feet.

To further improve your viewing experience, you get up to ±50° keystone adjustment and 25% zoom. Using the zoom feature, you can extract a slightly bigger screen from a shorter distance. Whereas, if the keystone adjustment is set at maximum, the projection edges can get little blurry and out of focus. Thus, it is recommended to place the projector in the center as possible WRT the projection screen.

Talking about brightness, Yaber doesn’t mentions the exact lumens value. Instead, you get an 8500L Lux value, which can be a little misleading. From my experience, the Yaber Y31 outputs around 300 lumens brightness. In a moderately dim room the projection looks well in its brightest settings; however, as you turn on the light, the projection does start to fade.

Yaber Y31 - Supports 4K Video
Yaber Y31 connectivity options

In terms of picture quality, you won’t have any issue if it’s your first projector or an upgrade from a sub-$100 projector. It has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio; thus you get awesome separation between colors, and darker scenes look good due to better noise suppression. To extract the best picture quality, I’d suggest using a dedicated projection screen. Suppose, you want to project on a wall. In that case, I’d recommend painting the wall with projection paint for brighter projection output.

The Yaber Y31 also has built-in 3W stereo speakers. Compared to projectors in similar price range, the speakers on this projector are loud and work very well. For casual usage, you can easily use the built-in speakers without any issues. However, to get the full-range auditory experience, I’d suggest investing in a dedicated Bluetooth speaker or soundbar speaker setup.


Important Features & Functions

  • Full HD resolution – While most budget projectors stick with 720p resolution. However, the Full HD 1920 x 1080p resolution on the Yaber Y31 is a big welcome.
  • Low fan noise – At low brightness, the Yaber Y31 has a barely noticeable fan noise, which gets eliminated once you start the audio. However, at its highest brightness, the fan noise is noticeable and can slightly hinder your movie watching experience.
  • Longer LED lamp life – Yaber claims that the LED projection lamp can last up to 100,000 hours. While, I can’t realistically test this claim, although from my experience this projector can offer 5-7 years of faithful service albeit you take good care of it.

Yaber Y31 Review: Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Full HD resolution
  • ±50° keystone adjustment
  • Higher contrast ratio
  • Quiet good picture quality from a sub-$250 budget projector
  • Can attach streaming media players like Amazon Fire stick for easy content consumption
  • Good quality speakers

Cons

  • At its max settings, the ±50° keystone adjustment can make the edges blurry
  • Noticeable fan noise at high brightness settings

Conclusion

For the price, you get a featured-packed projector from Yaber. Having said that, the Yaber Y31 misses out on wireless connectivity features, which offers better usability.

Hence, if you can spare a slightly extra budget, I would suggest going with Yaber Pro V7 that gets you slightly better picture quality, higher brightness, and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options.

In case you have a strict budget, you can get stick with the Yaber Y31. It will serve you well and if used properly will work for multiple years to come.

If you have any questions regarding this projector, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.

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