ASUS F1 LED Projector review: Excellent for movie lovers and gamers alike
ASUS F1 LED Projector is a projector for gamers. An interesting concept, isn't it? Well… the projector works at Full HD resolution, it has a short throw lens, automatic keystone adjusting, autofocus, and the ability to display video at 120 Hz refresh rate when set to a 720p resolution. We wanted to see it in action, so we tried and tested it not only for presentations or for enjoying Netflix, but also to play games. Read this review and see our opinion about the ASUS F1 LED Projector:
ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector: Who is it good for?
This projector is an excellent choice for people who:
- Want an authentic cinema experience, in the comfort of their homes
- Want to be able to play any game, at 720p HD resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate
- Desire a projector that they can place on a coffee table just as easily as hanging it on the ceiling
- Want a projector that can last them for a long time
Pros and cons
There are many positives about the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector:
- It delivers vibrant colors, deep blacks, and detailed shades
- The projected image has good brightness and contrast
- It uses an LED lighting source that should last for a long time
- It is silent and features a good 2.1 sound system
- It has many ports and supports wireless projecting
- It can project in 720p and 120 Hz refresh rate, which makes it great for gaming
- It has a built-in camera that it uses to automatically focus and adjust the keystone
- It's also AURA RGB compatible :)
The only downside of the ASUS F1 LED Projector is the price, which is higher than your standard Full HD projector.
The ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector is an excellent choice for anyone who wants a projector that can deliver a picture of good quality not only in presentations or for watching movies but also to play games. We appreciate its edgy design and small size, as well as the comfortable user experience you get from its automatic keystone adjustment and auto focus features. If you want a Full HD projector that is easy to use, easy to carry, that provides excellent picture quality, and which can be used to play games, then you can't go wrong with the ASUS F1.
Unboxing the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector
The ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector arrives in a large box, made from black thick premium cardboard. On its upper side, you can see an illustration of the ASUS F1 Full HD LED Projector, and you also find that it features built-in 2.1 audio by Harman Kardon.
On the back and the sides of the box, ASUS printed details about the main features, specs, and characteristics of the projector.
Inside the box, we found the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector, its remote control, a power adapter, three power cords (one used with American power sockets, one for British power sockets, and another for European power sockets), an HDMI cable, the user manual, the warranty leaflets, and a carrying bag.
The unboxing experience offered by the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector is nice, and worthy of a premium device. ASUS bundles everything you need to use the projector anywhere you would go, including a carrying bag and power cords with plugs that match the power sockets found in different regions.
The ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector uses a DLP display technology, which means that it should be able to provide a sharp image, have a good response time and be able to display 3D video. The projector is rated to deliver a maximum light output of 1,200 lumens with a contrast ratio of 3,500:1. ASUS says that its RGB LED light source can last for a maximum of 30000 hours, which is about 3 and a half years of continuous use. That means that it can last for up to 20 years if you use it for about 4 hours every day.
The ASUS F1 is a Full HD projector, meaning that it can project video at a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. It can throw video from a distance of 16.92 inches (0.43 meters) and up to 145.67 inches (3.7 meters), corresponding to a projection that can have a minimum diagonal size of 25 inches (0.63 meters) up to a maximum size of 210 inches (5.33 meters).
The ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector is generous about the connectivity options that it offers. There are two HDMI ports, one USB 2.0 Type A port, one VGA port, a 3.5mm audio mini-jack, and support for wireless networks. You can also do wireless mirroring, from computers and devices with Windows 10 or Android. Most probably, this feature works through Miracast, even though it is not confirmed by the manufacturer.
The projector also comes with a built-in 2.1 sound system certified by Harman Kardon. The audio system has two 3 Watts stereo speakers and an 8 Watts subwoofer. This projector consumes less than 120 Watts when running, and under 0.5 Watts in standby mode. Its noise level is 32 dBA in standard picture mode, and 28 dBA in theater mode.
Regarding size, this projector is rather small. Its physical dimensions are 9.84 x 2.95 x 8.26 inches or 250 x 75 x 210 millimeters in Width x Depth x Height. It is also quite lightweight, at 3.96 pounds or 1.8 kilograms.
If you want to see all the technical specifications, visit the official webpage: ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector.
Using the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector
The first thing we noticed when we took the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector out of its box, was that it is not that big and that we like its design. Unlike other projectors, this one has sharp edges and a shape that feels like it was inspired by the Republic of Gamers lineup. It even has AURA RGB through two lines of light underneath it. :)
We immediately mounted it in the living room. When we did that, we found that the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector can be placed on a table as well as hanging on the ceiling. It was easier for us to put it on the table but, because the coffee table we used was only knee-high, we had to adjust the projector's position. That's when we appreciated the projector's supporting stand that comes out of its base, and which can be set to two different heights.
If you connect an HDMI cable or a VGA cable that delivers some video input, the projector automatically detects it and starts to display the image coming through that cable. Otherwise, you must select the input that you want to use. We also made a wireless projection from a nearby Windows 10 computer and Android device.
We also liked the fact that the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector automatically adjusts its focus. You do not have to manually adjust the lens so that it focuses correctly on the projection surface and makes the image as sharp as possible. ASUS F1 does that on its own, using a special built-in camera that you can see on it, right next to the lens. And, thanks to it, the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector can also automatically adjust the horizontal and vertical keystone. It doesn't get any easier than that!
The projector has only four buttons on its back, which you can use to power the device, select the video input, adjust the keystone and navigate through its menus. Additionally, you also get a stylish remote control with more buttons. Using either means of control is easy and quick, although the projector does not respond as quickly as a TV or monitor would.
There are plenty of settings and options to play with, and you should configure the projector as soon as possible so that it works just the way you like it. At first, we just wanted to see how it did if we used it as a secondary screen with a Windows 10 laptop, when projecting wirelessly. It did an excellent job, and configuring it was fast and easy. However, you can't watch movies this way, as the stuttering is noticeable.
What we were most curious about was what the projector could do for gaming. In that case, wireless projection can't work because the lag is too high. So, we used an HDMI cable to connect the projector to our gaming laptop. For your information, the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector can use HDMI to display video at Full HD and a 60 Hz refresh rate, but it can also display video in 720p at 120 Hz refresh rate. This is more than just suitable for playing games. We ran League of Legends and The Witcher 3 - Wild Hunt, both set at 720p resolution (1280 x 720 pixels), and we were able to play both of them without any lag or motion blur, on our living-room wall! :)
Finally, a few words about the RGB lighting system found on the ASUS F1. It's something that some users want to have on all their devices and although it may sound funny to have RGB lighting effects on a projector, here we are nonetheless. :) The ASUS F1 has two fine lines of light underneath it, which give a nice effect on the table on which you place the projector. You can control the lighting effects from the projector's menu, in the System - AURA RGB category, and you can choose to use a Rainbow, Color Cycle, Static, Breathing, or Strobing effect. Of course, you can also turn Off the lighting.
The ASUS F1 is one of the best projectors we've played with and it's also one of the best looking. We loved watching movies and we loved playing games with it.
What's your opinion about the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector?
We loved the ASUS F1 Full HD LED projector, and we want one for ourselves. It is a great choice for movies, presentations, and gaming. If you tried it, or you already have it, do not hesitate to share your experience with us and others, in a comment below.