Current testing methodology is v1.2
December 13, 2022
10.43 x 10.43 x 4.13 in
I’ve bought a few rubbish projectors in my time, getting all excited about the reviews on Amazon and trusting that when they arrived, they’d deliver on the promise of rich, bright colors and clear HD visuals.
Typically, I’ve only been disappointed.
I feel like the market is saturated with low-priced projectors and a lot of them don’t deliver enough clarity for a modern HD-conscious consumer.
So Ultimea sent through the Apollo P40 and I’ve been putting it through its paces.
Ultimea Apollo P40
One of the best projectors for under $300.
The Apollo P40 1080P projector is an impressive product out of the box from its build quality to its tech specs.
Its interface is easy to use and it includes a remote control, auto focus, auto keystone, connectivity options, and picture quality – all of which are awesome features for the price.
For under $300, the Ultimea Apollo P40 knocks out any projector at this price point and I’d highly recommend it if you want to level up your home theater.
- Display Technique: LCD
- Light Source: LED
- Display Chip: MT9269
- Brightness: 700 ANSI Lumens
- Native Resolution: 1920×1080 Pixels
- Contrast Ratio: 12000:1
- Lamp Life: >10 Years
- Lens: Coated Optical Lens
- Full-Sealed Optical Engine: Yes
- Image Size: 35-150in
- Projection Method: Front, Rear, Front Ceiling, Rear Ceiling
- Zoom: 50%-100%
- Speaker: DSP 2 × 5W
- Noise: <25dB
- Power Dissipation: 90W
- Power Input: AC100-240W50/60Hz
What’s in the Box?
- Ultimea Apollo P40 projector
- 1 x Remote Control
- 1 x AV Cable
- 1 x Cable HD
- 1 x Power Cable
- Quick Start Guide
Stuff I like
- Easy to use and set-up
- Sharp images and vivid colors
- Impressive audio quality
- Great value for money
Stuff I like less
- No direct streaming with Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu
Getting it out of the box, the Ultimea Apollo P40 is a nice little brick-sized unit.
It’s not particularly small or streamlined, but immediately you can see that it has everything you need, including an HDMI port, AV and AUX, and two USB-A ports.
The power button is on the back and there’s a manual shutter that exposes the lens at the front, in addition to the IR sensor.
It’s powered from the side, which isn’t where I expected it to be. I expected it to be at the back with the other plugs but I don’t find this particularly bothersome.
You’ve got mounting screw inputs underneath for a mounting plate or even a single-stand mount, although you wouldn’t want to permanently have it on a single-stand, in my opinion.
Out of the box, the Ultimea Apollo P40 is a 1080P projector. It can handle 4K decoding and HDR10 decoding as well, but this isn’t a 4K native projector – it’s a 1080P native projector.
For me, this immediately means that it may not be my primary movie-watching device, but I already have a long list of where I’ll be using this projector in life and all of them are quite exciting.
The optics are fully sealed in the unit being 99.99% dustproof and the lamp life should’ve ten years of good movie or gaming-watching experience in it.
It uses a direct light design, which reduces light loss and the output of the colors coming through the unit. It has AirPlay built in, 700 ANSI Lumens, Bluetooth 5 connectivity, and dual-band wireless being 2.4G and 5G.
There’s a 10-watt dual speaker system built into the unit. So if you don’t have a speaker to plug into, this can output enough oomph that you could indefinitely enjoy a game or movie even in an outdoor setting.
It goes up to 150 inches, and it has reportedly less than 30 dB of operating noise.
I do find that the fan is noticeable when sitting in the room with nothing playing, but this begins to disappear once the movie or gaming experience starts.
I want to tackle this first because the audio on projectors is often a real problem for me.
I find that I can forgive slightly-off optics, but if the audio isn’t impactful, then the resulting movie experience, gaming experience, or sports-watching experience is a little lackluster.
The Ultimea Apollo P40, with its Bluetooth 5.0, is perfect and I can connect it to my Bose Bluetooth speaker or any other Bluetooth-enabled speaker in the house. I can also run an auxiliary out to a Hi-Fi amp, or run in via HDMI.
Pairing this projector with my Bose Bluetooth speaker leveled up its audio.
The reason I chose the Bluetooth of the Bose is that I plan to use this outdoors or when camping. I wanted to understand the Bluetooth 5.0 audio connectivity and see if it would stand up in long movie-watching experiences without dropping out.
So far, so good – anything I’ve watched for a decent amount of time has stayed connected really well. This means that not only do you have the built-in speakers, but you also have Bluetooth option for another speaker or the AUX port to output to an AV unit.
Another thing I really like about the Ultimea Apollo P40 is that AirPlay is built-in.
Connecting to it has dropped out a couple of times on the initial connection, but as soon as I hit it the second time, it connects with no problem. Once it’s connected, it seems to stay connected.
But I’m sure that the projector would outlive the battery life of my phone or iPad so I think I’d need to power my phone if I plan to watch a full movie if we’re traveling somewhere.
You could also plug in a Nintendo Switch, MacBook, or other devices that are HDMI-enabled including games consoles, so there’s not a lot that you can’t throw at this thing that won’t let you play.
The setup of the Ultimea Apollo P40 was impressive.
Plug it in, point it at the wall, and automatically it focuses on its best point, plus the keystone was automatically set based on the angle to the wall resulting in a nice square picture.
I did find that the horizontal needed a bit of tweaking, but you can adjust that in the settings if you want it to do more than just what it does out of the box.
If you’re having focusing issues because the projector is more than 10 feet away from the wall, there’s also a manual focusing option in the remote control.
Connecting speakers and the AirPlay was seamless and painless for the most part.
And if you have some video files loaded up on a USB stick, you can plug that straight in the back and play them using just the remote natively through the projector.
The only limitation of the Ultimea Apollo P40 is HDCP copyright protection, which means that you can’t stream Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu through the unit.
The way to get around this is to connect any streaming dongle such as an Amazon Fire Stick or Chromecast, which can be plugged straight into the USB port of the projector and allow you to play all the TV options through those devices.
I initially set this projector up on our living room wall, which is a nice large white space just for testing and the first comment we all had was how bright this unit was.
I switched off the lights and it felt like we were sitting in the kitchen watching a proper full-blown movie.
I’ve since moved the Ultimea Apollo P40 to the studio where I’ve taken down my 55-inch TV and instead have the projector on the wall, which is already painted white, and again, the brightness is super.
The photos and the video don’t really do it justice, and you have to see it for yourself. Obviously, the darker the conditions, the brighter the output but for a projector at this price, it’s definitely got some oomph.
How I Plan to Use the Ultimea Apollo P40
I’m a bit of a snob, so this won’t be residing in my living room immediately because I have an HD solution there, but during its at-home life, this will be a staple in the studio.
The kids can game off it and watch movies and this is way cooler on a screenless size rather than the 55-inch TV that was in there before.
I’ll also be taking the Ultimea Apollo P40 on camping trips – putting it in our pop-up gazebo and running a sheet down the side of the wall, connecting it to my Bose Bluetooth speaker, and having some good times sitting back and watching movies on holiday.
We’re all pretty excited about this after doing some test runs at home.
I’ll probably stump up for a Fire Stick because it’s so much easier playing straight off a Fire Stick than having to do AirPlay connectivity, but Miracast and AirPlay are always there as an option if I need them.
The Ultimea Apollo P40 projector impressed me from the moment I took it out of the box.
Its easy-to-use interface includes a remote control, auto focus, auto keystone, connectivity options, and picture quality, which are all great for the price.
It knocks any other sub-$300 projector out of the park, and while the fan is still noticeable, that would be true of any unit this size.
I plan to buy a hard shell adjustable foam case for this to live in so that when I do take it out on the road, it’s well-protected.
I have confidence in its sealed optics, which is always a concern for a projector at this price, so that gives me confidence that this will remain in good shape long-term and won’t end up with those budget black spots when projecting it.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll even stump up for an outdoor screen for home and camping so I can make sports-watching an epic experience for all my family and friends.
I hope I’ve covered everything about the Ultimea Apollo P40, but if there’s something that you want to know that I haven’t covered, then please let me know in the comments. I’d be more than happy to go into more detail.
Well done, Ultimea – you really are upping your game in 2023.
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