Dangbei Mars Projector Review

With Netflix and Amazon Prime, plus Dolby sound, is this the home cinema you've been looking for? What about photos?

Dangbei Mars Projector hero image
(Image: © Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A stunning picture from an elegant and refreshingly quiet projector which makes set up a breeze, the Dangbei Mars is a visual and audio winner. We didn't love the built-in OS as much, though – Wi-Fi is OK for Netflix, but we're glad it has a couple of HDMI ports too.


  • +

    Automatic keystone correction makes for easy setup

  • +

    Really quiet – there is a fan, but you barely hear it

  • +

    Wi-Fi is nice to have

  • +

    Netflix, Prime, and YouTube apps

  • +

    RF remote doesn't need to be pointed at the projector

  • +

    CMOS focus sensor


  • -

    Cast system is patchy at best

  • -

    No levelling feet (Lego, a book, or a tripod needed!)

  • -

    More apps would be great

Why you can trust Digital Camera World Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out how we test.

If you're asking "Dangbei, who?" then you're not from China, where the company is one of the top projector firms and a Red Dot prize winner. The Dangbei Mars I'm reviewing is the newer 1080P sibling of the company's 4K flagship laser projector, and, despite the lower native resolution, is still what the firm calls "Ultra-bright." It boasts dual 10W speakers and Dolby Digital Plus support in the box. 

The Dangbei Mars is a reminder of just how far the best projectors have come since my dad would proudly load some slides to display, cautiously position the projector for fear of breaking the bulb, and roll down a screen on an extendable pole. In retrospect, there was an unreasonable amount of grumbling from the rest of the family from this glowing magic, but it was not a movie night! 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook