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During the Christmas holidays, we suffered a series of electrical brownouts that fried the main circuit board of my beloved Toptro X1 projector.
After screaming in frustration for a few minutes, I checked out Amazon, searching for a reasonably priced replacement that was more technically advanced than the Toptro. The best fit appeared to be the Onoayo ONO1.
The Onoayo ONO1 arrived packed within a soft black carrying case. The projector is 4.7 inches high, 10.2 inches wide, and 8.3 inches deep.
This rectangular-shaped projector is primarily white but boasts a light gray front panel. Five pushbuttons, a power light, and the directional control can be accessed from the top.
The lens, an IR port intended for use with the remote, and the focus control are located at the front.
An AV input, 3.5mm audio output, two HDMI ports, two USB ports, and the outgoing air vent are positioned on the projector's right-hand side. The power cable can be connected to an input located on the left.
Accommodations to ceiling-mount the Onoayo ONO1 and the height adjustment screw are positioned at the bottom of this projector.
The back of the Onoayo ONO1 supports a speaker and the ventilation input.
This device utilizes an LED to provide a projected LCD image. Native resolution is 1920x1080P, and contrast is rated at 10000:1. It is WiFi capable and equipped with Bluetooth 5. As the Onoayo ONO1 is considered a long-throw projector, it must be placed 10.8 feet from its screen to project a 100-inch image.
The package includes a carrying case, HDMI cable, remote control, power cord, AV cable, lens cover, cleaning kit, and user manual.
- Manufacturer: Onoayo
- Model: ON01
- Dimensions: 9.4 x 25.8 x 21 centimeters (3.7 x 10.2 x 8.3 inches)
- Weight: 1.9 kilograms (4.2 pounds)
- Input power: AC 100 - 240V
- Wattage: 65W
- Projection method: Front/rear/desk/ceiling
- Display technology: LCD
- Light source: LED
- Color gamut: 16.7M
- Brightness: 9500 Lux Lumens
- Native resolution: 1920x1080P (4K supported)
- Contrast: 10000:1
- Bluetooth 5: Yes (Bidirectional)
- Wi-fi: Yes
- Interfaces: HDMI(2), USB(2), 3.5mm jack, and AV
- Correction: 4-Point keystone correction
- Lamp life: 50000 hours
- Aspect ratio: 4:3/16:9/Auto
- Max projection size: 300 inch
- Recommended projection distance: 2.7 - 3.3 meters (8.8 – 10.8 feet)
- Min projection distance: 1.7 meters (5.5 feet)
- Zoom Function: 100% - 50%
- Accessories: Padded carrying bag, HDMI cable, remote control, power cord, AV cable, lens cover, and user manual
Onoayo is trademarked by the Shenzhen Hong Ri Rui E-Commerce Co.
Native resolution refers to the projector's fixed horizontal and vertical pixel count. The supported resolution specifies the maximum resolution of an input that can be accepted. The Onoayo ONO1 has a native resolution of 1920x1080P and supports inputs up to 4K.
The picture quality you see on the screen is partially determined by the media being played. A movie streamed at 1024 x768p is projected at the same resolution.
The native resolution of the projector also determines picture quality. While the Onoayo ONO1 can play a 4K movie, its output is downscaled to Full High Definition (1920 x 1080p).
The brightness of projectors is calculated in either LUX or ANSI lumens. The Onoayo ONO1, which is rated at 9500 LUX lumens, should be noticeably brighter than my old 7500 lumens Toptro. This brightness level should be sufficient to present a good image in low light conditions.
Contrast refers to the ratio of the light reflected from a completely white image and a completely black image. The higher the contrast ratio, the more detail you can see on the screen. The Onoayo ON01's contrast ratio is 10000:1, which means a projected white image is 10000 times as bright as a black image.
The keystone effect is the apparent distortion of an image caused by projecting it onto an angled surface. The best method to deal with this problem is to ensure the projector is pointed as directly at its screen as possible.
The Onoayo ONO1 can correct this distortion digitally via the internal LCD panels of the projector. When applying keystone correction to an image, the number of individual pixels used is reduced, slightly degrading the projected image quality. This technique, while effective, should be used in moderation.
Projected Image Tests
In the middle of a cloudy day—it is always cloudy in Windsor—I switched off the interior lights, turned on the projector, and started to stream a movie. The image was bright enough to watch but quite faded, and much of the color was washed away.
I closed the room's heavy drapes and tried again. While the image remained slightly faded, the movie could be enjoyably watched.
Once the sun dropped behind the horizon, I tried again. The projected image was as bright as would be expected inside a theater.
The contrast of this device is reasonably good. However, I did notice that it was sometimes difficult to differentiate between the different shades of gray in dark scenes.
Sound and Noise Level
This device is equipped with a five-watt speaker, which, unfortunately, must compete against the projector's noisy fan. I noticed, however, that the speaker output is louder and the fan's noise more subdued if the projector is mounted to the ceiling.
A light mounted atop the projector flashes in sync with the sound output when using the built-in speaker. A carefully applied strip of gun tape will probably eliminate the irritating light emitted by this poorly thought-out karaoke effect.
Happily, this projector is equipped with bidirectional Bluetooth, allowing me to connect my 300W JBL soundbar. Every time both the projector and soundbar are turned on, they automatically connect.
The Media Stick
This device functions well with either a Fire TV or my Roku stick attached. Once I turn on the projector, it conveniently switches directly to my Roku's main screen.
A device of this type allows you to mount your projector in a stable position overhead. Once it is set up correctly, the projector's focus and keystone correction should not require further adjustment. A mount of this type is highly recommended.
I own a 100-inch pull-down screen. When comparing the screen to the light blue backdrop of my wall, there was little change in the projected image's sharpness. Colors, however, were noticeably brighter, and the screen professionally framed the image. A projector screen is a worthwhile investment, but if money is tight, a media stick or a ceiling mount provides greater value.
While not appropriate for use in daylight, the Onoayo ON01 projects a bright and well-focused image in low-light environments. The projector's native resolution is excellent, and the contrast is good.
This device is equipped with WiFi, allowing it to mirror movies and games from a smartphone. More importantly, this projector can connect to Bluetooth-enabled speaker systems.
The Onoayo ON10 Bluetooth WiFi Projector is highly recommended.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Walter Shillington