AtmosFX digital decorating kit review

My family and I love decorating the house during the holidays. Whether it’s animatronics, inflatables, or just good ole’ fashion lights, there are few things as fun as dressing up your home for the holidays.

On the flip side, there are few things less enjoyable than putting away all your holiday decorations. It’s time consuming and a terrible reminder the holiday is over.

One company, AtmosFX, has created a digital decorating kit that allows you to decorate your home without all the terrible cleanup.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play with the decorating kit for the last few weeks.

In the box

  • Standard definition projector
  • Mounting tripod
  • Remote control
  • Power adapter
  • Standard window projection material
  • Digital decoration SD card with 14 scenes

Specifications

  • Display Technology: 4” Single LCD Panel Display
  • Color: 16.8 million, 24-bit RGB
  • Brightness: 300 ANSI LM
  • Lamp: LED 24W
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  • Native Resolution: 800 x 480
  • Lamp life: 30,000 hours
  • Projection Distance: 3 feet to 20 feet
  • Projection Size (diagonal): 40” to 180”
  • Throw Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9
  • Keystone Correction: + or – 15 degrees
  • Power Supply: 100-240 V
  • Power Consumption:  60 W
  • Input: USB/SD/HDMI/Composite
  • Audio Output: 3.5mm or built-in speakers
  • Projection Material:  4’ x 6’ — 86.5” diagonal

Design

The kit is essentially an A/V projector and an SD card with various scenes on it.

The projector resembles a typical, standard definition projector that you’d find in a school classroom.

The top of the projector has several function buttons and focus adjustment dials. The bottom contains a threaded input for a tri-pod. The front holds the projector lens, while the back contains several input ports, the power port, and an IR receiver. One side of the projector contains a second threaded tri-pod input and the other side has venting.

The kit also includes a remote control, a tri-pod, window projection material with adhesive, and an SD card with 14 digital scenes.

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There really isn’t much to go over in regards to the design of the kit; as I said, it’s identical to just about every projector I’ve ever seen. The accessories are also pretty standard fare.

Performance

Using the digital kit is easy; you insert the SD card and plug in the projector. Once it’s powered up, you aim it at your “target” and adjust the focus.

“Advanced” setup involves placing the window projection material on your window. This takes a few minutes and requires you to fold the material to fit into your window and use adhesive to secure it. Once you’ve set up the material, you’ll have a surface perfect for projecting your effects onto.

The SD card I was provided contained 14 different scenes. Some scenes were for Christmas, some for Easter, but most were scary Halloween effects.

Using the effects is no different than selecting music to play on your phone or computer; you select the proper media and hit play.

Since it’s almost Halloween, I focused on the scarier effects. I recorded video of the effects from outside my house; unfortunately, the video doesn’t do the effects justice, but I’m going to post them anyway.


Close up

Far Away
After testing the kit on my window, I decided to try using it on my storm door. It was difficult to get the angle just right, but once I did, the effect was pretty amazing. Again, the videos I took don’t do the effect justice.


 

My only issue when using the kit was when trying to adjust the angle of the projector. The tri-pod that’s include in the kit isn’t very strong. If you try to use the projector at an angle other than perfectly level, the tri-pod “slips” and the projector ends up pointing straight up or down. Other than that I experienced absolutely no issues with the kit.

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Conslusion

The AtmosFx is a really fun way to decorate your house for the holidays. The 14 scenes included with the kit are fun, but AtmosFx sells even more on their website.

The kit is easy to setup and just as easy to take down.

The kit isn’t cheap at $199.99, but you can purchase media for almost every holiday. If you can afford the kit, I would definitely recommend it.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by AtmosFx. Please visit their site for more information and Amazon to order.

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Product Information

Price:$199.99
Manufacturer:AtmosFx
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • None
Pros:
  • Easy to set up
  • Fun effects
Cons:
  • Tri-pod weak
  • Expensive
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