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Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable Multipurpose DLP Projector Review

Ultra-Portable Multipurpose DLP Video Projector Review & Buying Guide

By Anthony Marsh – September 3, 2008

Manufacturer: www.boxlight.com

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Presentation Projector

Living up to its name, the TraveLight2 by Boxlight tips the scales at an impossibly modest 2.5 pounds (1.1 kgs.), and featuring 2000 ANSI lumens worth of output, the TraveLight2 is one of the lightest and brightest presentation projectors available. Offering you dependable performance of the highest order, when you need to move quick and often, the TraveLight2 is the quintessential multipurpose presentation projector.

Overview / First Impressions / Performance / Final Thoughts / Detailed Specifications

  • One of the lightest (2.5 lbs. / 1.1 kgs.), brightest (2100 ANSI lumens) projectors available
  • 2000:1 (advertised) contrast ratio makes sure you see all the fine details
  • Dual lamp modes allow you to adjust output based on your surroundings while maximizing lamp life in the process
  • Two selectable fan speeds so you can use your projector in high altitudes
  • Auto Keystone correction automatically makes sure all your images are free of distortion and perfectly in-line
  • Extra-long power cord and streamlined input connectivity keep things simple and convenient
  • Comes with a handy and compact carrying case (with included shoulder strap option) to safely store and transport your projector and cables
  • Super-long lamp life of up to 5000 hours (Eco mode)
  • Boxlight’s unbeatable three-year parts and labor warranty that includes a 90-day lamp guarantee
  • As is the case with DLP technology, while images aren’t particularly bright or vivid, everything is extremely rich, sharp, and textured
  • A backlit remote would’ve been nice, but having a fully-functional one that offers a laser pointer and the ability to scroll through slides/images is more than a nice trade off
  • Save for the obvious paper-saving benefits of having a CD-only user guide, I wish hardcopy manuals weren’t becoming such an extinct species


Boxlight TraveLight2 Highlights:

  • 1024 x 768 XGA / 1600 x 1200 UXGA (supported) resolution
  • 2100 ANSI lumens (Normal)
  • 2000:1 advertised contrast ratio
  • DDR DLP with DDP 2000 ASIC controller display  
  • Ultra-portable weighing just 2.5 lbs. / 1.1 kgs.
  • Simple and streamlined connectivity features integrated DVI/VGA and S-Video/Composite inputs
  • Dual lamp modes allow you to easily adjust for ambient light and extend lamp life
  • Optional fan speeds allow for use in high altitude locations
  • Features automatic keystone correction that makes sure every image is in line
  • Comes with a convenient carrying case
  • Lamp Life up to 5000 hours (Economy)
  • Unbeatable three-year parts and labor warranty plus 90-day lamp guarantee
MSRP:          $1,999.00 (USD)
Street Price:  $1,399.00 (USD)

Compromise. Life is almost always about compromise. When it comes to the traveling business executive or academic trainer, etc., the lighter and more compact the projector is, the better. This usually necessitates throwing performance by the wayside and hoping that your travel-friendly projector can at least do a decent job. With Boxlight’s TraveLight2 – that very rare sequel that doesn’t suck – you no longer have to hope or compromise performance in the name of ultra-portability.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Boxlight DLP Projector

Style & Appearance

The Boxlight TraveLight2 is classified as an ultra-portable projector. I’ve learned that in the crowded universe of all things projector, the stringent criterion outlined to qualify as such requires a projector to (barely) tip the scales at five or less pounds, or 2.3 kilograms. In the case of the TraveLight2, Boxlight has slashed that figure in half, with this projector weighting in at an insanely modest 2.5 pounds, or 1.1 kilograms. Perhaps a new classification name is in order, but as things stand now, the TraveLight2 is amongst one of the lightest projectors currently on the market that can output 2000 or more ANSI lumens – a figure usually reserved for the larger, heftier projectors. But being ultra-lightweight isn’t enough. You also have to be compact. The TraveLight2 is certainly this as well, with dimensions of (W x H x D): 7.7 x 6.4 x 2.2 inches, or 19.6 x 16.3 x 5.6 centimeters. This super-small, yet stellar package (barely bigger than a standard DVD case) comes in a dark gray color case with silver accents, featuring a stylish design that benefits from a nice blend of rounded contours and straight edges.

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Presentation Projector DVD Case Size Comparison

Looking at the DLP projector head-on, the far right-hand side features the lens that offers focus and zoom functionality with a 1.16:1 zoom ratio. The lens cover comes with a handy string attached between it and the projector so you never have to worry about losing it. The mid to left-most region of the projector houses the air vent that’s smartly angled away from the lens; up top and near the back (essentially in-line with the air vent), you’ll find the hard-top buttons which offer Power, Menu, Quick Menu, Source, and Auto, as well as light indicators for the power and lamp. The projector’s rear contains all of the input connections which I’ll discuss in more detail further down, and up front and centered under the bottom of the projector, you’ll find a button which can adjust the height of the projector.

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Presentation Projector Carrying Bag

A really nice, added-value bonus that you get with the TraveLight2 is a carrying case (with an optional attachable shoulder strap) which safely stores the projector on the right side, while the left side is used for all of the cables that come with the projector. In this regard, Boxlight has spared no expense, giving you a power cord (of course), an S-Video to Composite cable, a Composite cable, a DVI to VGA cable, a USB cable, and an audio cable. Let’s now look at the connectivity for the TraveLight2.

Getting Connected

In keeping with the ultra-compact, ultra-lightweight, and ultra-portable motif of the TraveLight2, the rear input connections are as simple and streamlined as it gets. You have inputs for DVI-I, two-in-one Composite/S-Video, USB, and Audio. As mentioned above, all of the cables are provided to suit most any cable configuration you’ll be using such as DVI to VGA or S-Video to Composite. Everything is clearly labeled for ease of use, and nicely laid for ease of access. 

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Projector Rear Input Connections

Remote Control

In somewhat stark contrast to the modest dimensions of the projector itself, the remote control for the TraveLight2 is not unlike something you’d expect to get with a regular-sized projector. It’s not that it’s a big clunker – it’s actually quite compact – but in proportion to the very small size of the projector, it seems bigger. For me though, this is a good thing, as the last thing you want from an ultra-compact projector is a matching miniature remote control that’s difficult to use because of buttons being way too small and the remote feeling uncomfortable in your hands. Plus, a few added inches of remote control size in no way detract from the portability of this projector, and only enhance the ergonomic-value of it. If you’ve used, or are familiar with other DLP projectors from Boxlight – namely the Phoenix S25 and the Phoenix X35 – than you’ll already be acquainted with the remote control for the TraveLight2 because they are, in fact, one and the same.

It offers all the standard button options familiar to most people who use projectors such as Menu, Source, Keystone, and two sets of directional keypads. The first set (closer to the bottom) allow you to toggle through the various menus and select from different options, and the second set (closer to the top) can be used to scroll through various slides, images, etc., when the provided USB cable is connected between projector and computer. It also features a laser pointer if you need that added touch of presentation mojo. Just for fun, we tested to see what kind of range it had, and even well beyond 50 feet, the laser pointer was still doing its thing.  

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Projector Remote Control

PERFORMANCE – Boxlight DLP Projector


Now that you’ve got the projector unpacked and ready to go, it’s time to set it up. As you’d expect with most portable, presentation projectors, the zoom lens is somewhat limited at 1.16:1, so if you’re looking to throw a 100-inch image, anticipate leaving a good 14 feet worth of distance between the TraveLight2 DLP projector and your screen.

Once you’ve established distance and placement, the next order of business to familiarize yourself with the various menu options. For such a compact, ultra-portable projector, the TraveLight2 does not skimp on options, offering a really nice blend of practical and useful features. The first menu you’ll be presented with is the Main menu. Here you’ll find a slew of adjustment controls for items such as Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Color Temperature, Color Saturation, and Color Tint; the latter two are only available when connected via a video source. Further, you also have options to adjust for Gamma and Color Space. Gamma, in particular, has five available settings that can be used depending on the nature of the input device you have connected. The settings include PC, MAC, Video, Chart, and B&W. Each offer their own respective Gamma and Brightness rating that is provided to you in the CD-only user manual. The next menu, Setup, has options which include Keystone, Aspect Ratio, and Advanced Feature. Advanced Feature opens up an additional menu of options to give you even more control over your projected images. Here you can access the Auto Keystone feature as well as User Color which lets you customize on a 0 to 100 scale, colors such as red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow, and white. There’s also a security lock, power-up password feature here that aids against an unauthorized person accessing your projector. A nifty feature to be sure, but the rub here is that if you misplace or forget the password (or a particularly malicious person times it out on purpose), you need to contact Boxlight to have the password reset, as the projector will not power on. This is definitely not something you need during crunch time, so either jot the password down, keep company with only good, wholesome people, or forget about using this particular feature altogether. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also a Fan Speed feature which, when set to high, allows the projector to work in attitudes great than 10,000 feet (3000 meters).

The TraveLight2 also offers four more menus: Config, Utility, Language, and Status. Highlights in the Config menu include Auto Source which enables the projector to automatically find your input device, saving you all that button toggling. The Utility menu allows you to select your projection method (two are available: desktop mount front and desktop mount rear), and there’s also a Digital Zoom feature that allows for digital pan and zoom adjustment. The Language menu is self-explanatory allowing you to adjust your menu language from a list of over 10. Finally, the Status menu is where you can find all the info regarding your lamp hour usage, your video and source settings, along with Lamp Mode which allows you to choose between Eco and Normal depending on the specifics of where you’re using the projector. Eco offers lamp life of up to 5000 hours, while Normal offers lamp life of up to 4000 hours.

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Projector Config Menu Display Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Projector Status Menu Display

Out-Of-Box Picture

I first tried the TraveLight2 projector with out of the box settings, using some PC apps that included PowerPoint, Word, and Photoshop. It did a particularly good job with text, rendering everything in clear and clean detail, allowing even the smallest of fonts to be perfectly legible. With regards to photos and more detailed images, there was a good amount of detail and depth to the images, though they did lack the vivid punch that you tend to get with LCD-powered projectors. Some prefer the look of DLP; some prefer the look of LCD, as what’s pleasing to the eye can be an entirely subjective experience. Personal opinion aside, the TraveLight2 performed quite well out of the box, and the remote control was intuitive and very convenient when it came to scrolling through various slides and images.

Seeing if I could improve things, I followed that up by making the following adjustments below:

Brightness 48
Contrast 55
Sharpness 3 (default)
Color Temperature Normal
Gamma PC

One thing I did note with the various sub-options that were available within the Gamma setting is the various pros and cons each one had. While I settled on PC, as it seemed to offer the best balance of them all, Chart was best for text, and B&W, being the brightest of the bunch, offered the most LCD-like image, though this came at the expense of some of the finer details in the images..

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Projector Main Menu Display Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Projector Setup Menu Display

While the TraveLight2 – geared towards business and academic presentations for the portable-minded consumer – is not designed or marketed as a home theater or video projector, I did hook it up with my JVC DVD player using the S-Video to Composite cable that Boxlight provides to see how it would perform on this level. The test subject was Death to Smoochy, and to my surprise, the verdict was better-than expected. While color gamut was somewhat lacking, and the bright, vivid colors that define this movie were less so, the images did offer a nice, rich, textured look with good whites and decent blacks.

I then made the following adjustments in the Main Menu:

Brightness 45
Contrast 55
Sharpness 3 (default)
Color Temperature Normal
Color Saturation 60
Color Tint 50 (default)
Gamma Video

I also adjusted the White Peaking in the Setup menu (Advanced Feature) from 10 to five. The notable area of improvement was in the details displayed during the darker segments of the movie. The bottom line here: in the area of DVD video playback, the TraveLight2 performed as well as could be expected considering the limitations of DVD – especially in the light of, and in comparison to, the HD explosion currently gripping the world of consumer electronics.


After running a calibration on the TraveLight2, the above average out-of-box performance and functionality of this DLP projector was confirmed via how close the by-eye image adjustments were to the final calibrated numbers. While the projector did favor a blue push, and an ever-so slight red one, it was nothing out of the ordinary, and was hovering at an absolute color temperature of 6625K in the mid-IRE ranges.

In terms of the net results that calibrating had on the actual image quality (PC apps), I would say that they were mostly indistinguishable with respect to the virtually equal improvements one could make solely by adjusting the settings available in the standard user menu. In the video arena, the image came off a little better, with most of the improvements apparent in the color accuracy and contrast detail during the scenes with a darker flavor to them. In short, with a healthy dose of user options available right out of the box, I’d recommend sticking with those when having to tweak your image.

FINAL THOUGHTS – Boxlight DLP Projector

As mentioned off the top, compromising is a fact of life, and it’s generally an act of hoping that gaining in one area, while losing out in another, will not solely be a back and forth exercise in lateral improvement. With the TraveLight2 by Boxlight, they’ve managed to create a multipurpose DLP presentation projector that is ultra-light, ultra-compact, and ultra-portable, without short-changing quality, performance, and dependability. Offering superb out-of-box functionality, and a great host of available user options, when it comes to the executive or trainer or teacher who wants to travel really light, yet perform with the massive weight of genuine quality, than the Boxlight TraveLight2 is just for you.

Boxlight TraveLight2 Ultra-Portable DLP Presentation Projector Top Shot

DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS – Boxlight TraveLight2 DLP Projector


156 watt Osram

Lamp Life

4000 hours (standard) 5000 hours (eco)


16.7 Million True Color

Aspect Ratio

Video 4:3 Compatible 16:9

Contrast Ratio


Display Type

Single Chip DLP

H-Sync Range

Horizontal—15-90 kHz

V-Sync Range

Vertical—50-85 kHz


Audio mini jack Component (DVI) Composite mini jack DVI/I S-Video mini jack




1 X 0.5 watt speakers

Audible Noise

37 dB (standard) / 32 dB (eco)


(WxDxH) 7.7” x 6.4” x 2.2” / 19.6 x 16.3 x 5.6 cm

Image Height


Screen Color


Image Width



2.5 LB / 1.1 kgs.

Projector Lens

Manual zoom/focus

Diag Image Size

35 to 200 inches

Keystone Adj.

(+/- 15º)


Remote & on projector

Power Supply

AC 100-240V at 50-60Hz

Power Consumption

190 watts (normal) 165 watts (eco)

HDTV/EDTV Compatibility

480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i

Video Compatibility


Workstation Compatibility


Viewing Angle


Throw Distance

4’ - 32’ feet


1600 (Economy) /  2100 (Normal) ANSI Lumens

Verdict recommendations are ranked from best to worst as follows:

Highly Recommended                      
Moderate Recommendation            
Take A Pass
Avoid Like The Plague  

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