The Blitzwolf BW-VP7 supposedly offers 5000 lumens, masters the wireless connection standard Miracast and costs only a good 60 euros. We tested it.
When we took a closer look at the Blitzwolf BW-VP5 (test report) a few weeks ago, we were mainly surprised by two things: On the one hand, the projector, which costs just over 60 euros, delivers an amazingly good and bright image. On the other hand, we were surprised by the great interest of readers in the cheap projector. Apparently it doesn’t always have to be expensive short-throw projectors (four in the comparison test) or even 4K projectors (market overview). Reason enough to take a closer look at the comparably inexpensive Blitzwolf BW-VP7. We’ll see how it fares against the good Blitzwolf BW-VP5.
Optics and workmanship
The Blitzwolf BW-VP7 has the dimensions of 12 × 15 × 13 centimeters and is therefore quite a bit smaller than the VP5. This is also due to the fact that this time he outsources the power supply. With the VP5 it is integrated in the housing. The VP7 is available in white and black. Our black version is made entirely of matt, fingerprint-resistant plastic. The front looks brushed. This gives the projector a dignified appearance.
In addition to the lens, which is slightly smaller than the lens of the VP5, there is an infrared input on the front. Together with the infrared input on its back, the model reacts very reliably to the supplied remote control. The VP5 has only one infrared sensor and is less reliable.
The focus wheel is on the upper side. It is set slightly inwards and a little more cumbersome than the VP5. The VP7 has a complete control unit that can replace the remote control if required. The VP7 can only be used via its remote control. The VP7 also has a foldable rubber handle. This makes a better impression than the handle of the VP5, which is made of synthetic leather.
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An HDMI cable is also included with the Blitzwolf BW-VP7.
The ports on the back of the VP7 are identical to the ports on the back of the VP5. There is a jack plug for connecting headphones, an HDMI port, a USB-A socket and a slot for holding micro SD cards. On micro SD cards and USB sticks, the projector supports the video formats avi / mpg / ts / mov / mkv / mp4 / vob / rmvb / flv, the audio formats MP3 / ACC / FLAC / M4A / M4R / OGG and the Image formats JPEG / BMP / PNG. There is also an input for the power connection on the back.
On the underside there is an opening next to the tripod thread, which sucks in the air flow for cooling. The placement is a bit inconvenient. For example, the BW-VP7 cannot be placed on a cushion during operation, as it otherwise runs the risk of overheating despite its small feet.
The Blitzwolf BW-VP7 offers a resolution of 800 × 480 pixels, which is less than the VP5 with its 1280 × 720 pixels. You can see this clearly when you open a website in the browser of a connected notebook. Fonts in particular are very pixelated and can hardly be read. With moving images, the low resolution is a little less bad. Nevertheless, the VP5 offers more here. Blitzwolf gives on his website 5000 lumens. Anyone who sees the price of the cheap projector and is familiar with projectors knows that this is grossly exaggerated. Even with the Blitzwolf BW-VP5, the manufacturer cheats and specifies 3800 lumens. An extreme shame and a reason why Chinese products have a bad reputation in Germany.
If you compare the lumens, you could assume that the VP7 is brighter than the VP5. The opposite is the case. The VP5 clearly outshines the VP7. The VP5 is also ahead in terms of colors. These seem less lively on the VP7 than on the VP5.
There is no difference between the two projectors in terms of the minimum distance. If you want a sharp picture, you have to keep a distance of at least 115 centimeters from the projection surface. Then the picture comes to a diagonal of about one meter. At a distance of 235 centimeters, the image enlarges to two meters. You shouldn’t go further away due to the low brightness, even in a completely darkened room.
We were positively surprised by the fan volume of the Blitzwolf BW-VP7. This can be heard clearly, but not nearly as loud and less high-frequency as with the BW-VP5.
We think the integration of the wireless image transmission standard Miracast is great. For this, the VP7 creates its own WLAN, which you can log into with your mobile device. Many devices such as the smartphones from Samsung, Sony, Huawei and Xiaomi are supported, but by no means all. The connection in the test with a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (test report) worked straight away. We didn’t have any success with a Google Pixel 5 (review). The WiFi Alliance lists which devices support the standard here on. Incidentally, the Blitzwolf BW-VP7 also allows image transmission from iPhones via cable.
The 5-watt mono speaker is on the right side of the Blitzwolf BW-VP7. It offers a similar average performance as the two 3-watt speakers of the VP5, but cannot be addressed via Bluetooth. With the rather poor sound quality, that’s not really bad. There are good BT boxes for little money as our guide The best Bluetooth speakers up to 100 euros shows.
The menu of the VP7 is more extensive than the menu of the VP5. First you should change the system language from English to German. Altogether, different languages are now available. In addition, users can determine the contrast, brightness, color, sharpness, color temperature, zoom levels and noise reduction of the image. When it comes to the sound, you can choose between different effects, a simulated surround sound (which does nothing) and a balance (which does not help). There is also a switch-off, switch-on and sleep timer. In contrast to the VP5, the VP7 also offers the option of rotating the image by 180 degrees in order to mount the projector upside down. A digital keystone correction is missing on both models.
The Blitzwolf BW-VP7 costs at Banggood (purchase link) with the voucher code BGDG8681 63 euros, sent from China. The delivery time can therefore be six weeks. The Blitzwolf BW-VP5, which is somewhat better in our eyes, costs at Banggood (purchase link) with the voucher code BGLZQNB562 a good 60 euros from Spain or the Czech Republic.
The price comparison included below shows alternative inexpensive projectors:
The Blitzwolf BW-VP7 is a projector that is basically not needed. This is mainly due to the strong competition from in-house. Because the Blitzwolf BW-VP5 (test report) costs a similar amount, but offers the significantly brighter, sharper and more colorful image display. However, the BW-VP7 is a bit quieter in operation and offers Miracast. In our opinion, this is no reason to resort to the BW-VP7. Miracast can be retrofitted with a stick for a few euros and the higher volume can be outshone with connected speakers. Overall, the Blitzwolf BW-VP5 offers the rounder overall package and, above all, the better image for its comparable price.
If you want to invest a little more money, you should check out our budget projector comparison: What can a 50 euro projector do? read through. Short-distance projectors are really practical and good, which we put in a comparative test: We put four short-distance projectors under the microscope on the test bench.