Philips Scree­neo 2.0

FOR Smooth, sta­ble pic­ture; aptx Blue­tooth; clear sound AGAINST Con­trast could be bet­ter; some fea­tures ab­sent

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Take one look at the Philips Scree­neo 2.0 and you may feel the urge to feed it your un­wanted bills. With the ap­pear­ance of a pa­per shred­der, it hardly re­sem­bles the typ­i­cal home cin­ema pro­jec­tor.

How­ever, it does look sim­i­lar to the orig­i­nal Philips Scree­neo we awarded four stars last year – just a lit­tle wider and shorter. Like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Scree­neo 2.0 is an ul­tra show-throw 3D DLP pro­jec­tor, de­signed to sit close to a wall or screen, and com­pact and por­ta­ble enough to carry around. Watch the Olympics on a 120in screen with­out the fuss of set­ting up a ded­i­cated pro­jec­tor? The Philips Scree­neo 2.0 is worth con­sid­er­a­tion.

Stream­ing du­ties

Apart from a big­ger im­age than the max­i­mum 100in of the orig­i­nal Scree­neo, the 2.0 is also Full HD (1920 x 1080) in­stead of 1280 x 800 res­o­lu­tion. That means na­tive play­back of HD chan­nels, Blu-rays and PS4 games, no down­scal­ing nec­es­sary.

Con­trast ra­tio is also up from 100,000:1 to 200,000:1, but the Philips is not quite the gift that keeps on giv­ing. It’s less mul­ti­me­dia-fo­cused than the older Scree­neo, leav­ing TV tuner and net­work stream­ing du­ties to your Blu-ray player or games con­sole, and set­tling for just aptx Blue­tooth func­tion­al­ity. There’s still clearly a place for both, so it makes sense that the Scree­neo 2.0 is an ad­di­tion to Philips' line-up rather than a re­place­ment.

Dif­fer­ing pri­or­i­ties cause some dis­crep­an­cies with con­nec­tiv­ity – there’s no SD card on the Scree­neo 2.0, for ex­am­ple – but the main ones are here: three HDMI and sin­gle USB, VGA, com­pos­ite and ana­logue au­dio in­puts. Not for­get­ting op­ti­cal and head­phone out­puts.

With a 0.21:1 throw ra­tio, the Scree­neo 2.0 is ca­pable of pro­ject­ing a 120in im­age from a dis­tance of 42cm, or a 50in one from 10cm – front, rear or ceil­ing-fac­ing. You’ll get the best re­sults beam­ing to a ded­i­cated screen, but any patch of plain wall will do. You don’t need to paint your liv­ing room wall ei­ther, as a wall colour cor­rec­tion set­ting can change the bal­ance ac­cord­ingly for white, beige, grey or green. Key­stone ad­just­ment can also be found in the menus and op­er­ated by the re­mote, while fo­cus is elec­tri­cally ad­justed on the unit it­self.

Won­der­ing where the lens is? The most jar­ring way to find out is to turn on the unit, peer over it and get an eye­ful, as it beams up through a win­dow on the top panel. You have been warned! The Scree­neo reaches 2000 lu­mens, mean­ing you get a pic­ture that is rea­son­ably bright. That’s not to say bright­ness lev­els should be whacked up au­to­mat­i­cally – there’s a bal­ance to be struck with con­trast and, es­pe­cially, black lev­els. Achiev­ing that takes a bit of pic­ture tweak­ing in the menus, even after you’ve run the THX Op­ti­mizer disc through it.

The Flow Mo­tion pro­cess­ing comes in handy to iron out the out-of-the-box jud­der dur­ing cam­era pans. We play Guardians Of

The Galaxy on Blu-ray and, when it kicks off in the prison, the Flow Mo­tion helps with the slight in­sta­bil­ity that taints the ac­tion scene. Colours are strong but not sat­u­rated – Yondu’s blue face and Gamora’s green skin are de­liv­ered on a rich, pleas­ing pal­ette. You shouldn’t ex­pect the same crisp­ness, sub­tlety or de­tail lev­els of a good ded­i­cated home cin­ema pro­jec­tor at this price, but it is easy on the eyes and gen­er­ally a com­fort­able, com­pelling watch. DVD per­for­mance is good too, the drop in res­o­lu­tion not ob­vi­ous at first glance, and noise is kept to a min­i­mum.

Sar­cas­tic quips

Sound, typ­i­cally, isn’t much of an area for ex­per­tise with pro­jec­tors. But this isn’t just any old pro­jec­tor. De­ter­mined not to rely on an ex­ter­nal sound sys­tem, the Philips has 2.1-chan­nel set-up.

Pow­ered by 26W of am­pli­fi­ca­tion, it sounds sur­pris­ingly ca­pable, de­liv­er­ing the film sound­track’s retro pop tunes with gusto and clar­ity. They not only go loud enough for di­a­logue to be heard from across a room, but also have the in­sight to com­mu­ni­cate Rocket’s sar­cas­tic quips and Groot’s deep gruff­ness too. De­spite the small pro­por­tions, bass isn’t bad ei­ther.

It’s a bal­anced and en­ter­tain­ing sonic pre­sen­ta­tion, mak­ing its Blue­tooth au­dio func­tion­al­ity more than worth­while. Cd-qual­ity streams from a smart­phone come through clearly, with good de­tail.

Philips has plucked the neat con­cept of a por­ta­ble all-in-one pro­jec­tor out of nowhere and ex­e­cuted it bril­liantly. The Scree­neo 2.0 may not be ideal for home cin­ema purists, but as a con­ve­nient pro­jec­tor it’s a success.

It may look like a pa­per shred­der, but the Scree­neo is a neat home cin­ema pro­jec­tor

The main in­puts are here, in­clud­ing three HDMIS – there are op­ti­cal and head­phone out­puts too

VER­DICT Philips has plucked the idea of an on-the-fly pro­jec­tor out of the air, but this prac­ti­cal, de­cent ma­chine works

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