I’ve been playing around with a Kindle Fire HD that I borrowed from a friend for the past few days, I think tablets are the way of the future now. I’ve been using it mostly for Netflix and playing games, but I can also see how it could be used for work, there are a multitude of office apps available to play presentations, look at spreadsheets, and edit word documents with. The fact that it has a Micro-HDMI port on it allows you to easily hook up any device to it. I’ve chosen a pico projector to use with it, obviously
The only annoying part of using the Kindle Fire HD with a pico projector is the cables you need. It depends on which projector you have though, if you have one that has a Mini-HDMI port, you’ll need an adapter for that as well. Right now I’m using a P2 Jr review unit from AAXA Technologies, and it’s serviced quite well with the Kindle Fire HD. It does have the Mini HDMI port so I did need to buy the adapter.
Once I got it setup it worked pretty well, it mirrors what the Kindle Fire is displaying, so I can show anything from web browsing to playing games, or watching movies. I did notice a little more lag in games than usual, probably due to the extra processing it has to do to get video output to work, it wasn’t too bad though.
I haven’t noticed too much of a battery drain from using it like this, but I’m sure it is draining the battery a little more than usual. I would expect maybe a 5-10% decrease in life when using it with video output.
Overall, I was impressed with the Kindle Fire HDs ability to do video output and handle high performance games. This can definitely be useful if you’re looking to make a sort of “portable entertainment center” for your home or to take with you on trips.
If you’re unsure how to set it up properly, AAXA has setup a page specifically for the Kindle Fire HD, so you can know exactly what steps to follow.
Here is a demo video I found online of someone using the Kindle Fire HD with a pico projector so you can see for yourself the kind of performance you’d get.
Links to some of the products mentioned:
Kindle Fire HD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083PWAPW