Discovery Expedition Wonderwall

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We normally review micro and pico projectors, however today i am reviewing the “Discovery Wonderwall” projector. We decided to review this  because of the price point… (at $70 it competes -in price- with quite a few of the pico and micro projector companies.)

As, we were buying it off of amazon i knew we were going to regret even waisting our time with reviews like:

I bought this projector from a local “Bed Bath & Beyond” store. This thing looks nice, but does not perform. It is absolutely useless. The light in it doesn’t even shine as bright as a cheap $1.00 flashlight would. If you have ANY light on, you can not even tell that it is working (other than the sound of the fan). If you turn every single light in your house off, you can see a faint square of light projected on your wall. The image inside that square of light is unrecognizable. You can see faint shapes….but you can’t tell what they are. It is impossible to view photos or movies with it, regardless of what some other reviewers may say. The light is not bright enough to properly project the images, and turning the focus knob does nothing to improve this. Please save yourself the money and time it takes to have to try to return this piece of junk. I ignored the negative reviews, figuring that people were just being too picky, and I regret it now.

that review pretty much nails it. It is a TERRIBLE projector and not only that the images they use in the advertising are SOOOOO misleading… they show a family projecting it onto the ceiling… while the instructions recommend not to be father that 3ft… (ive never been in a room with 3ft ceilings so these are obviously fake… what a disappointment.

 

PROS:

  • In expesive

CONS:

  • large size
  • plastic un focusable lens
  • minimal inputs
  • VERY LOW brightness
  • incredibly horrible resolution

 

 

 

Optoma Pk-101 Pico Projector

HandHeld, Optoma, Pico projector

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FROM OPTOMA: Introducing the amazingly versatile Optoma Pico, the smallest projector you’ve ever seen! Its compact size and durability make it a must have for travel and on-the-spot presentations.

 

Our review:
The Good:

  • Battery life: 90 minutes
  • design: it is very compact and sleek.

The Not so Good:

  • Bare Bones: There is no on board media player so your stuck with your laptop for now!
  • Weak Speakers: for the size of the unit you’d think they could fit a pair that were worth using… you can barely hear em! AND THERE IS NO AUIDO OUT!
  • Value: Once again their are a few other projecotr that arenot as expensive and perform as good while containing better peripherals.
  • connectivity: No VGA, no mini hdmi, is a bummer for such a steep price.

 

3m Mpro 120 Pico Projector

3M, HandHeld, Pico projector

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FROM 3M: The MPro120 is 3M’s second-generation pico projector and it’s a distinct improvement over the MPro110, with a brighter picture, an LED light source rated at 20,000 hours instead of 10,000, and built-in half-watt speakers.

 

Our review:
The Good:

  • Battery life: 120 Minutes is perfect for a presentation when you’re winging it!
  • Portablilty: a great feature when you have to pack it in your carry on!
  • Resolution: VGA 640×480

The Not so Good:

  • Bare Bones: There is no on board media player so your stuck with your laptop for now!
  • Weak Speakers: for the size of the unit you’d think they could fit a pair that were worth using… you can barely hear em!
  • Value: Once again their are a few other projecotr that arenot as expensive and perform as good while containing better peripherals.

 

Wowwee Cinemin Swivel Pico projector.

HandHeld, Pico projector, wowwee

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FROM WOWWEE: Introducing the Cinemin Swivel portable multimedia pico projector. Powered by TI’s DLP Technology for ultra clear picture quality and designed to work with handheld devices like Apple’s popular iPod, iPhone and iPad, Cinemin takes projection out of boardrooms and movie theaters and into the palm of your hand.

 

Our review:
The Good:

  • design: We found it pretty useful to use the tilt when watching movies in bed. Though the idea is a little gimmicky it turns out to be useful.
  • Portablilty: while not as small as other pico projectors it was still very portable.
  • battery life: we got about 2.25 hours out of it…  which was perfect for watching the average movie… it would have been a bummer to have to recharge it mid movie!

The Not so Good:

  • The user interface: Found it to be a bit clunky…
  • brightness: @ 8 lumens you basically have to be in almost total darkness to make use of it.
  • Value: While not to expensive the price was pretty offset but the lack of connectivity… and the $40.00 VGA adapter did not help…

 

Aaxa Tech M1 Ultimate X micro projector

aaxa, AAXA TECH, featured, Micro Projector

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FROM AAXA: The AAXA M1 micro projector is the brightest “ultra-portable” projector in its class. With its 75 lumen output the M1 projector is capable of producing high resolution images greater than 100″ in dark areas and up to 40″ in lighted areas. The M1’s advanced light engine eliminates rainbow issues by removing the color wheel and is optically enhanced to provide improved color quality, sharpness, and uniformity over other projectors in its class.

Our review:
The Good:

  • Performance: Aaxa’s M1 Ultimate X boasts a powerful 75 Lumens.  To me this is one of it’s best features, mostly because there is finally a micro projector that is extremely usable with out making sacrifices due to the size!
  • Image Quality: We were rather impressed with how sharp and vibrant the images were.
  • Onboard media player: supports popular file formats and lets you share movies, videos, photos with friends and family. as well as the onboard speaker for multimedia playback.
  • Portablilty: I was quite impressed with the size of this little guy… (about the same size of 2 iphones stacked on top of each other…
  • design: Aaxa’s M1 Ultimate X is housed in a sleek brushed aluminum case  with a backlit tough sensitive keyboard on top for you to navigate the menu with.  It was built to last –a very durable product.
  • Value: $250…. At that price, this is a SUPER value.

The Not so Good:

  • The user interface: Unfortunately… i have yet to find a projector that has a perfect one.
  • Fan: was a little loud at times.

 

 

Aaxa Tech M2 Micro Pojector

AAXA TECH, featured, Micro Projector

 

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FROM AAXA:
AAXA Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the AAXA M2 Micro Projector, the world’s first XGA micro projector. Weighing just 1 pound yet producing a vivid 110 lumen image with Vibrant Color technology, the AAXA M2 Micro Projector is the next generation ultra-portable multimedia projector. With power to produce 100″ images*, a versatile media player, built-in storage, and an array of input options, the M2 redefines what is capable in mobile projection technology.

 

Our review:
The Good:

  • Performance: Both the resolution and brightness are increadable for the size of this little  micro projector. The Full hdmi make it so compatable…
  • Long Life: Unlike conventional Lamp-based projectors, the M2 LED lamp never needs to be replaced. (15,000 hours)
  • Onboard media player: We found that the built-in media player had no problem handling common media formats such as AVI and MP4 video, and WAV and MP3 audio. The M2, a USB drive, and a white wall are everything required to have an instant “media party.”
  • Portablilty: I was quite impressed with the size of this little guy… it can fit in the palm of my hand.
  • Value: The performance to cost ratio is unrivaled.

The Not so Good:

  • Menu: not the worst but sot the best.
  • Fan: was a little loud for our liking, but they always are with projectors, and this one was not that loud at all!

 

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Aaxa Tech L1v2 Laser Pico Projector

AAXA TECH, featured, HandHeld, Pico projector

 

 

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FROM AAXA: AAXA Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the AAXA L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector, an updated version of the L1, the world’s first laser powered pocket projector. The updated design improves the performance of L1 v2 by increasing the thermal efficiency of the PCOS laser light engine. The unique three-color laser light source enables the L1 v2 to produce images with amazing color saturation that are always in focus. Designed for mobile professionals and entertainment, the AAXA L1 v2 pocket projector combines a revolutionary laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to achieve a 20 lumen output at 800×600 resolution without the pixilation problems found in some laser projectors.

Our review:
The Good:

  • Performance: This is the Brightest Laser projector on the market. so it goes without saying that we were impressed with it.
  • Long Life: The Laser engine on this this lasts 30,000 hours!??!? That is a LOOOOONG time.
  • Onboard media player: supports popular file formats and lets you share movies, videos, photos with friends and family. as well as the onboard speaker for multimedia playback.
  • Document support: plays multiple file formats including PowerPoint, Excel,
  • Portablilty: I was quite impressed with the size of this little guy… (about the same size of 2 iphones stacked on top of each other…
  • Value: In our opinion this is easily the best projecor for your money in the class of “laser Pico” or “laser pocket” projectors

The Not so Good:

  • The user interface: Unfortunately… i have yet to find a projector that has a perfect one.
  • Fan: was a little loud at times.

 

Jakks eyeclops micro projector.

Micro Projector

I heard the buzz around this toy in the fall of last year… This terrible projector can hardly pass for toy… and i mean that with all sincerity… they amount of Photoshoping done to their advertising images is incredibly misleading…  the resolution on this little projector is just enough to project a 12 inch image… and you can still see the pixels.  to put into perspective standard definition, which is almost considered to be substandard is about 4x the screen resolution.  Lastly, it uses a plastic lens… which is borderline embarrassing… Other products on the market are incredibly better… for instance the AAXA m1-Ultimate-X for $249 it is 6x the screen resolution and over 7x brighter.  or even the aaxa P1Jr. which is only $109 and is over 4x smaller and more portable, and has over 2x the resolution!

 

Pros-

  • Fairly inexpensive now compared to original prices
  • Portable-uses AC or batteries for outdoor viewing

Cons-

  • Blurry images are almost impossible to read text by
  • Only viewable in total  and complete darkness
  • blurry plastic lens
  • only AVS inputs
  • deceiving marketing
  • creates complaining children.