Sahara SD959 3D DLP Projector Review
When my Benq 3 LCD projector gave up its last breath few months back, I was in lookout for a new projector that definitely has to be a LED projector so that I need not worry about lamp life at all. Most LED projectors are rated for 50000-60000 lamp hours and consume lesser watts than normal bulb projectors.
I came across this Indian company called Sahara which is selling the SD959 model. It is a compact 3D DLP LED Projector. In all means, this projector looks like it is Chinese made but Sahara imports and sells them in India and provides support.
Though the specs of the projector says it is 4K DLP Projector, it is actually a Full HD projector with support for 4K video processing. It uses an OSRAM Q7 DLP RGB LED lamp which is rated by the company for 60,000 Hrs of lamp life. The projector has a lumen rating of 4500 quoted by the company which is too good to be true. From using it, it seems this could be rated at 400-500 ANSI lumen though I am not sure. The projector comes with two pairs of Active Shutter 3D Glasses which are rechargeable with a battery life of 30 days. The projector has two HDMI 1.4 Ports to connect laptops, tablets, mobiles to play FULL HD content.
The brains or the CPU of this projector is a AML8726-MX Up to 1.5GHz ARM Cortex Dual-core A20 with a RAM of 1GB and ROM of 8GB. The projection distance is 40 inches at 1 meter and 200 inches at 5 meter. It has keystone correction but no zoom feature. It has an inbuilt Wi-Fi module supporting 802.11b/g/n. It also has two USB 2.0 ports that support hard disks upto 1 TB and has two 5W stereo speakers which sound tinny at best. Fortunately, this could be connected via Bluetooth to AV receivers, however, the sound transmission via Bluetooth is laggy. Sahara SD959 also features a memory card slot and VGA port.
The built in Android Operating System supports Google play, Netflix, and other third party APK file installations via USB. Overall, the image quality is quite good for casual movie watching at mild lit rooms. It plays 4K content via USB easily and is still a good buy at less than 40K INR that I would recommend.