This toy projector is being sold at Target for $169.99. Now that is a very tempting price for a projector but let it be known that is a gadget that should be feared not curiously picked up for your kids. Gizmodo did a write up and it suffers from an amazingly dim picture, almost zero contrast ratio and a screendoor effect that looks like your looking at the video through a yarn knitted comforter. For $169.99 your better off buying a awesome game like Rock Band.
At $169, how bad could it be? Answer: horrible, and not even worth that. Perhaps you’ve heard of the “screen door effect” that’s common with low-end LCD projectors. A screen door would be a blessing compared to this. Watching this felt more like being behind the bars of a jail cell than having a screen door in front of us.
After that initial shock, it was time to run some of our projector test patterns, playing them back at the native resolution of this little monster, which is supposed to project video at 920×240 pixels, but we’re still not really sure whether that was what we are looking at or not. It’s probably closer to a cellphone-like 320×240.