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Sure, after fourteen pandemic months and counting, we’re all a bit cabin feverish and, frankly, running out of ways to amuse ourselves, right? Well, here’s a novel (and potentially serenity-inducing) new option: One of the most popular TikTok trends has people converting a blank bedroom wall into a fake window with the help of a digital projector and YouTube. Sound like fun? It is!
It all started with TikTok user @nam__p, who shared a video (below) of a makeshift window back in March. And, well, people noticed: Cyberspace has exploded with tributes and fun surprises (we even saw one with Olaf from Frozen peeking his cute little snowman head out from the corner). Just search #fakewindowchallenge on TikTok to find more videos.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spruce up an empty wall in your home (we recommend a bedroom wall, so you can curl up, all cozy-like, and enjoy the ‘view’) or are just itching for a novel entertainment option, his TikTok challenge might be just the ticket.
Here’s what you’ll need: An empty wall (duh), an HD digital projector, a streaming device like a Roku Express HD, Fire TV Stick Lite or Google Chromecast, and YouTube. Just search ‘fake window‘ on YouTube and you’ll find a slew of 10-hour dreamscapes of thunder storms, city landscapes, even aurora borealis and Hogwarts viewed through your own ersatz portal.
Ready to take the plunge? Good, cuz we’ve rounded up some wallet-friendly projectors as low as just $56 that’ll easily and crisply take you off to fantasyland. Then, when you’re (sorta) ready to return to real life, you can use the projector to watch your favorite movies and TV shows on a bedroom or living room wall, or outdoors for an alfresco summertime movie night.
And if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? Don’t stress; you can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
And now, gaze longingly at this array of home-projector bargains…
On sale for $56 (was $80), this Apeman LC350 Mini Projector is small yet mighty, with 4,500 lumens of brightness and Full HD resolution at 1080p. It can project movies up to 15 feet high on a flat surface, like a projection screen, a wall (TikTok challenge, here we come!), a ceiling or even a big bed sheet.
“The quality of the image is amazing. The picture quality is good even in high light,” shared a delighted five-star reviewer. “The projector puts out low noise; the cooling fan is nice and quiet.”
The Aukey HD Mini Projector is a fantastic entry-level digital project that checks a lot of boxes for quality and ease of use, including primo picture quality and HD resolution, large projection height (20 feet), an HDMI port for a Fire TV Stick, Roku or Chromecast and a very affordable price of just $80, or $20 off, with on-page coupon. How do colors look on it, you ask? Funny you should ask. Shoppers love this digital projector’s colors!
“By far the best projector I have ever bought,” wrote a savvy Amazon shopper. “It is small in comparison to other projectors but is packed with lots of features, including color accuracy (something I’d never gotten from other projectors). I love the lens! It is by far better than the other projectors I’d bought because of the focus…”
And how’s this for a bonus? It comes with a free 100-inch projector screen (a $40 value). Check the ‘special offers’ section under the price on the product page and just add the projection screen and the projector to your cart for the freebie.
Amazon has this Fangor HD Projector on sale for $170, or $20 off, with on-page coupon. It’s so popular that it’s has earned a five-out-of-five-star rating from 2,600 reviewers.
And with good reason: It projects with a dazzling 5,500 lumens of brightness. It offers up an assortment of ports, including good ol’ HDMI and USB. Just plug in a Chromecast, Roku or Fire TV Stick and you’re just moments away from projecting fake windows from YouTube in a big way. And no need to jerry-rig a podium for it with a precarious pile of books; this baby comes with a tripod!
“The picture quality is great even in the daytime,” raved a savvy Amazon shopper. “The built-in speaker is surprisingly loud, and you can connect your own speaker via Bluetooth for better sound. I used my Fire TV Stick and it was very easy to set up.”
On sale for $200 with on-page coupon (was $230), the Vankyo Leisure HD Digital Projector is small yet mighty, with 1,500 lumens of brightness and Full HD resolution at 1080p. It can project your fave video fare up to 18 feet high, while its dual speakers turn out superb audio (though you might want to connect portable speakers for a little more oomph when watching movies and TV shows). And it knows when to shut up; it’s cooling fan is nearly silent.
Most important, though: Shoppers are raving about the sharp picture quality. “Vankyo 530w is a great projector in terms of quality, operability and looks,” shared a savvy Amazon shopper. “…Very easy to connect with laptop and phone (through Wi-Fi)….Overall, I would say that, in this price range, this is among the best projectors to buy.”
It even comes with a free 100-inch projection screen, if your wall’s just a bit too cracked or bumpy to cut it.
On sale for $269 (was $299), the DBPower HD Projector is Wi-Fi-enabled, which means you can sync your smartphone or tablet to it. That means you can easily mirror YouTube at Full HD 1080p. It also has ‘4D’ keystone correction, so you can adjust all four corners of the projection to make it as even and straight as possible. It’s good to be flexible!
“Amazing image quality in a small package! This projector has a great resolution, while the image quality is sharp and bright,” reported a very satisfied customer. “It starts instantly with the remote and is very easy to pair with your devices by connecting to your home Wi-Fi. The build quality is superior. It took no time to cast my iPhone and Android devices using the casting software preinstalled on the projector. The YouTube videos are excellent quality with great built- in sound…”
Want more? Check out other digital projectors on sale at Amazon below:
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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