If you have been looking for a projector, chances are you would have heard of the local company LUMOS – whose AURO projector became a hit amongst the youngster with its slick social media marketing and affordable price-point. One of the comment I had of the original AURO projector was that the size might be a tad too big for some, especially if you’re looking to transport it around or if your room is too cramped to accomodate a full size projector. LUMOS’ new projector – the LUMOS RAY – is designed to address this issue.
|LUMOS AURO||LUMOS RAY|
|Resolution||1920*1080 (1080P)||720p (Support 1080p)|
|Brightness||6000 Lumens||3000 Lumens|
|Projected Screen Size||50-300 Inch||50-150 Inch|
|Operating System||Android 6.0||Android 6.0|
LUMOS RAY Package Content
The LUMOS Ray comes with (almost) everything you need to get started. Right out of the box, you have the LUMOS RAY projector, a remote control, a power cable, an AV cable, a HDMI cable and also a quick start guide. It was a nice touch to include a HDMI cable with the projector which was puzzling that the remote control didn’t come with the batteries as the RAY projector doesn’t come with built-in controls, making the remote the only way of controlling and navigating around the RAY projector.
LUMOS RAY Projector
My first impression of the LUMOS RAY projector was that it’s very cute and non-intimidating. In fact, it reminded me of WALL-E, the machine in the Pixar animation of the same name. Specs-wise, the LUMOS RAY features a brightness of 3000 Lumens with a projection distance of up to 3m, giving you a screen size of up to 150″.
The LUMOS RAY also has a leatherette handle at the top that lets you hold on or transport the projector around comfortably. There is a focus dial on the top as well to let you adjust the focus as you shift the projector around to find the perfect spot to place the projector.
At the back of the LUMOS RAY, you can find all the inputs to the projector. There is a headphone jack (for private listening at night), an AV jack (for legacy AV devices), a HDMI port, a USB port and a microSD slot. These input options basically allows you to mirror your laptop content, connect a TV setup box or play content directly from a hard-disk or microSD card. At the lower half of the projector is where the power cord will be connected to the projector. Unlike some similar compact projectors in the market, the LUMOS RAY doesn’t come with a built-in battery.
At the bottom of the LUMOS RAY is also a tripod mount which allows you to elevate the projector using a tripod (do note that the projector weights 1.2kg though). A more convenient solution would be to add the RIZE adjustable stand into your order when purchasing the RAY for an additional S$55 (purchase with purchase price). The RIZE stand allows you to elevate the projector from a height of 60cm to 120cm.
The LUMOS RAY (like the LUMOS AURO) comes in two versions – a regular and a smart version. The smart version is powered by a simple Android 6.0 OS which lets you access popular Android streaming apps like YouTube and Netflix natively off the projector.
The LUMOS RAY comes preloaded with a few popular apps like AirScreen, YouTube, Netflix, Kodi and Mcast to get you started. If you would like to download more apps, you have to sign into your Google account to have access to the Play Store.
The Settings tab lets you connect the LUMOS RAY to your home’s WIFI (it doesn’t support the wired LAN connection), Bluetooth devices like keyboards and mouse to the projector and also adjust vertical and horizontal keystone correction.
This is my favourite feature as you can place your projector slanted and adjust the correction to project a straight image. If you select auto, the projector will just adjust itself as you shift the projector. Pretty cool!
The LUMOS Ray has 2 (4Ω3W) inbuilt Dolby Audio Speakers that gets really loud. Another cool feature is that you are able to connect your mobile devices to the LUMOS RAY and use it as a Bluetooth speaker! Once you select this mode, the projector automatically shuts down so that there will be no fan noise interrupting your music playback.
Even at 3000 lumens, the LUMOS RAY performs very well in a dark environment. While the LUMOS AURO has double its brightness at 6000 lumens, there isn’t really a stark difference even when placed side by side (though I would say that the images are more vibrant with the LUMOS AURO.
Should you get the LUMOS AURO or LUMOS RAY?
Having experienced both the LUMOS AURO and LUMOS RAY, I would say that the question would be how would you be using the projector and what do you value more?
|LUMOS AURO (smart)||LUMOS RAY (smart)|
|Price||More expensive at S$398||✔ More affordable at S$298|
|Size||More bulky (31.3*23.2*10.4 cm, 3KG)||✔ More compact at 16 x 17 x 15 cm, 1.2KG|
|Portability||Not very portable||✔ Easy to carry around with handle|
|Connectivity||✔ More connectivity options||Fewer connectivity options|
|Controls||✔ Built-in controls on projector||Control via remote|
|Brightness||✔ Brighter at 6000 lumens||Dimmer at 3000 lumens|
The first time I saw the LUMOS RAY, I already loved the form factor projector as I knew it would be a good additional to my (very small) room. It is simple to use and comes with most of the apps and accessories to start projecting with almost no learning curve. The RAY is also a $100 cheaper than its predecessor with a look that is more compact and non-intimidating which would definitely appeal to the younger demographics.
And if you do not need the smart version, the LUMOS RAY can be yours for just S$199!
If you are looking for an affordable, great performing projector that does it all, you can’t really go wrong with the LUMOS RAY.