With Netflix built-in, decent image quality and loud and powerful speakers, the Yaber K2S is a good all-rounder. It might not have a native 4K resolution or quite the vibrancy of the competition, but at this price, who cares? If you want a decent smart projector for less, this is a bargain.
- Great value
- Works with Netflix
- Decent image quality
- Not that bright
- Needs two remote controls
- Projector typeA smart projector, this model uses an integrated Android TV dongle to bring you most of the apps you’ll need.
- StreamingSupports Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+ and Paramount+, but not NOW.
Given the projector’s low price and decent all-round image quality, it’s something of a bargain, although better for use at home, as it’s larger than much of the competition.
- Two remote controls
- Comes with an integrated Android TV dongle
- Adjustable angle
As such, I think it’s easier to use this projector at home (or taken in a car on a trip), rather than having it as a portable model that you can take everywhere with you.
I like the lens cap at the front. While this has to be removed before the projector can be used, so can be lost, the cover does protect the lens from damage. I’m still surprised that so many smart projectors don’t have a simple cover.
I’ve seen projectors with add-in dongles before, such as the Anker Nebula Cosmos. Here, Yaber has preinstalled the Hako Mini AndroidTV dongle, tucked away inside a compartment at the bottom of the projector.
Using an external dongle has its advantages, including Netflix support, but it means that the projector ships with two remote controls: one for the main projector and one for the Android TV box. That’s a little confusing at times and makes the projector a bit fiddly to use.
Otherwise, there’s an HDMI input at the back, plus USB and USB-C ports.
The projector has a stand to adjust its angle, and it’s also got a tripod mount, should you prefer to stand it upright.
- Full Netflix support
- Autofocus and autokeystone
- Built-in Airplay and Miracast
Turn the Yaber K2S on and it boots into its standard OS, which is the same as used on the Ace K1. This supports Airplay and Miracast, with the latter usable by tapping an Android phone to the NFC tag on top of the projector. While these built-in features are useful for connecting phones and laptops wirelessly, it stands to reason that most people will be here for entertainment, which is where the Andorid TV dongle comes in.
Pick the dongle’s input and there’s the full Android TV interface, with its large icons and remote-friendly display. As it’s a dongle, not a projector, Android TV here supports Netflix properly, alongside Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Paramount+. There’s no NOW available, nor any UK catch-up services. If you want more apps, then stick a Fire TV Stick 4K Max into the back.
Auto keystone and autofocus are built in, with the K2S quickly adjusting its picture to fit. There’s no fancy obstacle avoidance as you get with some XGIMI projectors, such as the Mogo 2 Pro.
The throw ratio is 1.54:1, which means you need 1.98m to get a 60-inch screen. For smaller rooms, then, this projector isn’t ideal. And, the projector tends to aim down slightly, so it needs a bit of height to hit a screen head on.
I found the fan a little annoying on this projector, as it speeds up and down all of the time. It’s not too bad when watching most things, but the fan is quite evident in quieter scenes.
Image controls are rather basic, with a few preset options, plus a user mode that gives control over contrast, saturation (called stauration, on screen), sharpness and hue. That’s all you get.
- True Full HD resolution
- Colours a touch muted
As with the Yaber Ace K1, the Yaber K2S uses LCD technology, which is rarer to see with smart projectors, as they typically used DLP. The spec isn’t stated, but I’m guessing this model uses the same 5760 x 1080 LCD as on the Ace K1 projector, using one-third of the space for the red, green and blue elements, which are then combined to give a full-colour image.
LCD has the advantage that there’s no rainbow effect, so produces a more natural image without that issue. If you’re prone to the rainbow effect, then LCD is definitely the way that you should go.
Brightness is rated at 800 ANSI Lumens, which is a step up from the K1 and competes well with the XGIMI Halo+. Even so, 800 Lumens isn’t too bright, so the projector does need to be used in a room with the curtains or blinds pulled shut.
The lack of brightness impacts contrast a little. Watching the bridge scene in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the full shadow detail isn’t there, although the Yaber K2S does handle the picture, so that I could see what was going on in general. HDR10 support helps boost detail across the picture, even if the highlights aren’t quite there.
Colours aren’t quite as rich and as vibrant as on the best DLP projectors, but the Yaber K2S is a step up from the Ace K1, which tended to look a little flat. Watching something a little more colourful, such as Avatar: The Way of Water, and the colours are brighter and more engaging, although lacking the vibrancy of the best DLP projectors.
Dual 10W JBL speakers provide the audio, and they’re very good: loud enough to fill a room and with enough semblance of bass to bring movie soundtracks to life. In fact, I’d say that this projector sounds better than the Halo+.
There’s an LED lamp, which is rated for 20,000 hours, which will mean years of use.
Should you buy it?
You want a quality smart projector for less: This projector is hard to beat for value, and it delivers a good picture and great audio.
You want higher resolution video or more brightness: You need to spend more if you want more brightness or a 4K resolution.
It’s not the lightest smart projector, nor is it the most vibrant, but the Yaber K2S is staggeringly good value. Available for less than £500, it delivers a strong image and great audio. Spend more on the XGIMI Horizon and you’ll get better results, but if you’re looking for a bargain, then this one is hard to beat.
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The K2S supports native 1080p resolution but there is no 4K support.