Doogee Smartcube P1 Review

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Doogee Smartcube P1 Review

Last month Doogee Malaysia has introduced a new product other than smartphone. The Doogee Smartcube P1 is an entire big screen portable entertainment system in a compact 62mm cubed package.

The box contains a powerful lamp, Android 4.4 operating system, 4800mAh big capacity battery that can also act as a powerbank for smartphones.

In  this review, I had connect my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 using Miracast to Smartcube P1 to mirror screen. Its a versatile little box that could be used for office, work, home or play.

 

Design

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This is probably the smallest projector I had ever played with. A playful looking device about the size of a Rubik’s cube and with a colourful body paint make it looks like a toy. Inside the SmartcubeP1, it has a 70 lumen LED projector with a native resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. That’s coupled with an Amlogic quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage, and a small speaker, with the weight of less than 300 grams.

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On the right-hand side of Smartcube P1, there is a micro-USB port that use to charge battery, a power button and a gear button to adjust the clarity of the projected images.

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While on the left-hand side, there is a USB port that can be used to connect to Mouse, Keyboard and output power source to charge another device such as smartphone etc.

Specifications

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Projecting Test

*Kindly be noted that most of the testing photo is captured by IPad Mini 2 which the picture quality is not very impressive. We apologize for any inconveniences made. The actual result is definitely better.

Doogee Smartcube P1 provides the connectivity of using DLNA/Miracast/Air Play and Bluetooth. In this test, I’m using Miracast to mirror my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 screen. I had tried to connect to my MacBook, Windows 10 Laptop and also my IPad, unfortunately, it keep on disconnecting and sometimes can’t even establish a connection-link.

When You first boot-up your SmartCube P1, it will show you a classic Android 4.4 interface. Although Android 4.4 is our-dated OS but it still provide full-scale functionality and perform a really decent job as a projector Operating system.

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*Photo taken by Note 5 which is more accurate reflect of the actual scene.

 

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The projecting quality is considered acceptable in which most of the parts are viewable. But when you have to read some smaller words like “Media/News/Publishing” it’s a little bit blur and quite hard to read it at first sight.

Remember that this Smartcube P1 comes with only 70 lumens and a slightly higher resolution than SD, we cannot expect it to provide a really stunning pictures and pass the test with flying colours.

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Smaller words are harder to read.

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The speaker is unexpectedly loud and more than enough for media playback, though the quality is as expected to be moderate level.

There is no external connection for audio, so if you wish to connect it to your standalone speaker, it has to be done by using Bluetooth.

Talking about the battery life, it last for 2 hours with Miracast to Note 5, and full volume of sound with wired mouse connected. It might last longer if I reduce the volume and remove the mouse.

It’s not a particularly powerful device, but more than enough to run streaming video apps and some basic gaming.

 

Shortcoming

The Wi-Fi connection quality varied dramatically, sometimes I was unable to get a good connection for streaming and will cause a lot of frame drops when it comes to intense gaming.

I had tested it with my other Wi-Fi connected devices and all of them worked without a glitch, so the antenna is clearly substandard.

Installing any app usually resulted in errors, and it takes a lot of luck and trying in order to successfully install an app. The experience was overall rather frustrating.

HappyCast is the included app used for AirPlay functionality, and it mostly works with my IPad but not my MacBook. I found that this is common problem, as a lot of users facing this issue too. MiraCast functionality is also there, but Windows 10 refused to connect. The only device that can connect and work perfectly is my Note 5 and S6.

Since this is just a review unit, I believed Doogee will solve all these problems when it officially hits the market.

 

Conclusion

The Doogee Smartcube P1 is an entire big screen portable entertainment system in a compact 62mm cubed package. Comes with a 4,800 mAh battery for 2 hours of playback time, 70 lumen LED projector with a native resolution of 854 x 480px. Miracast is working most of the time, but DLNA performance was really poor.

However, since this is just a review unit and Doogee has implemented OTA firmware updates, I’m hopefully many of the issues like poor connectivity will be fixed overtime.

I would highly recommend this Mini-size projector if and only if Doogee has solve all the problems mentioned when it hit the market.