TaoTaole UC40 LED Projector Reviewed Against AAXA ST200 LED Projector

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We’ve recently reviewed both the TaoTaole “800 Lumen” 854×480 projector and AAXA’s new ST200 1280×720 projector. We thought it would be interesting to compare the pint sized ST200 LED mini projector to the full size TaoTaole UC40/Abtech/Riener/Erisan/AomeTech. The findings is surprising.

Small projectors is a niche market but is growing in popularity as an entry level projector that is also portable. As with all tech gadgets progression projectors were once just for the use of business offices and school class rooms and auditorium. As the technology got smaller and more portable the uses for them arose and now we have small projectors in the market, but how do they compare to their full size bigger brothers? Let’s find out.

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SIZE MATTERS

Let’s start with size. While the AAXA ST200 borders on the “portable” projector size category (rather than “pico” projector) the TaoTaole LED projector dwarfs the AAXA ST200 by comparison. The size difference is obvious.sidebyside_angle_dimensions

The AAXA ST200 projector has a 60 minute lithium ion battery onboard, whereas the Taotaole projector is not batter powered and must remained plugged in to be used. The nice thing about the TaoTaole projector is that the power supply is contained within the unit itself – unlike the ST200 which requires a power adapter when operating off DC wall power.

WINNER: AAXA ST200

PICTURE QUALITY

The TaoTaole UC40 is promoted to have 800 lumen brightness but we noticed that it was nowhere near that claim. In fact we tested it to be only 120 lumens white. AAXA ST200 pico projector closely match the TaoTaole projector in terms of white brightness. When it came down to quality of color there were no contest – The AAXA ST200’s triple LED design produced better vibrant and bright colors while the TaoTaole projector was only able to produce washed out colors. Although this is expected from a white LED projector, the early generation LCOS white LED projectors exhibited much of the same limitation.

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From a resolution stand point the AAXA again beats the TaoTaole. The AAXA ST200 mini projector is a true high definition projector with a native resolution of 1280×720. The TaoTaole projector on the other hand wasn’t even able to produce the claimed 854×480 resolution much like the claim of the 800 lumens. It is probably due to the lens design.

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Another interesting fact that we didn’t like about the TaoTaole projector but where the AAXA ST200 pico projector excelled was the throw distance. The Taotaole projector had trouble focusing at less than 5ft whereas the ST200 being a short-throw projector could produce a vary large image at 5ft and a decent sized image at just 24” making it great for small rooms like kids rooms and small offices. The Taotaole projector would need a bigger room so it can be placed further away from the wall to perform at its peak which in turn might wash the color out and effect the resolution even further.

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WINNER: AAXA ST200

 

CONCLUSION

The AAXA ST200 pico projector performance towered over it’s full sized brother the TaoTaole UC40 LED projector in almost every aspect except pricing. At only around $100 on Amazon the TaoTaole is an absolute bargain for a projector especially for someone who is looking to get one minor use. Kids would love it for cartoons, movies, and perhaps even low resolution games. The AAXA ST200 is a step above and you get what you pay for but it is a little more than double the price at $279 on Amazon. So if you’re looking for a high resolution, portable, and great image quality projector the AAXA ST200 is your ticket. If you want simple bang for the buck entry level projector performance the TaoTaole projector is a good choice.

Find them on Amazon by click these links!

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TaolTaole UC40 800 Lumen Projector

WINNER: DRAW!

 

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TaoTaole UC40 Projector Unboxing and Review

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We’ve just got the Taotaole UC40 projector in our hands and were very excited to see what it’s all about. We heard good things about this projector and wanted to see for ourselves what the fuss is all about. We’re about to find out.

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The UC40 is a very well priced projector that offers up to 120” of display with a resolution of 854×480. With a brightness of 800 lumens it should be bright enough for comfortable viewing even in a room with a little bit of light light.

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Out of the box you get

  • the UC40 projector unit
  • a remote control
  • power adapter
  • 3 in 1 AV cable
  • user manual

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A nice feature to have is the adjustable screw that allows you to angle the image upwards

 

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The first thing we notice is the big lens and the two dials that are used for focus (the main dial) and to correct tilt (small dial) when the projector is set at an angle which is a nice versatility to have. Looking at the unit there are ports on the left side that accepts HDMI, AV, full USB, and also an SD card slot making it compatible with a wide range of devices. On its right side is the port for the power adapter. Towards the front on the bottom is a nice knob that can be unscrewed to lengthen and angle the projector upwards if its placed on a low level platform. The remote control is nice to have and operations via the built in navigation buttons is straight forward.

When we turned the unit on we noticed how bright the projection was and the easily got the image into focus and leveled with the dials. Sound via the built in 2.0W dual speaker wasn’t horrible, but it does have an output so you can connect a speaker. The hum of the unit is a bit loud and the unit got hot very quickly like most projectors.

At the end of the day the Taotaole UC40 is a great entry level low budget projector for anyone who is interested in getting a projector but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for widely known brands.

Click here to check out the UC40 on Amazon.

 

Are Lasers The Future of Projectors?

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As awesomely futuristic as they sound, laser projectors aren’t that much different from traditional projectors. With all projectors, something creates light, and that light is then manipulated to create the image on the screen. The only thing changes with laser projectors is what is creating the light.

In the purest form, red, green and blue lasers are “defocused” to fill an entire DLP, LCOS, or LCD chip. The lasers don’t scan the chip (or the screen). So, in fairness, “laser projector” is about as much of a misnomer as “LED TV.” Both terms refer to the of name the technology that creates the light — lasers and light-emitting diodes, respectively — not the technology that creates the image as a whole. “DLP projector” and “LCD TV” would be more accurate.

Lasers replace the UHP, Xenon, and other lamps found in current projectors. So even though that makes “laser projectors” a little less futuristic (more evolution than revolution), they’re still way cool, and offer lots of benefits.

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There are several benefits of lasers, and they’re all tied together. The first is efficiency. If you read myUltra HD Color, Part I article, you’ll remember that TVs and projector use red, green and blue light to create every color you see on the screen.

One of the most awarded benefits of laser projection technology are the focus. No need to manually set the image into focus by yourself and deal with weird walls or angles. The lasers do it all for you and it is already being applied into small projectors like AAXA’s L1 Laser Pico Projector.

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A normal projector lamp creates white light. This may seem like a good thing, but the fact is, projectors have to throw away (absorb or otherwise block) most of this light, leaving only the red, green, and blue parts. It then projects those on the screen so you can see — wait for it — white light. Mildly inefficient, that.

Lasers only create the exact colors needed, which uses less power. Here’s one way to think about it: if a UHP lamp draws 300 watts to create white light, only a portion of that is used to create red, green and blue. The rest is wasted on yellow, purple, chartreuse, etc. With a laser projector there could be three 100-watt lasers which could, in theory, each create much more light for their respective colors, given the same overall power draw. It’s not quite this simple, but that’s the basic advantage.

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There are two common questions when it comes to lasers. The first is one of safety. After all, anyone who’s played with a consumer laser knows you don’t shine them in people’s eyes.

The lasers in projectors are much more powerful. Doesn’t that mean they’re more dangerous?

Epson says safety is not an issue. “The laser passes through a phosphor/diffuser wheel. Light from the projection lens complies with the class 2 safety standard, and is in accordance with other laser projectors. There is no risk of retina damage, unless users intentionally stare into the lens directly for prolonged periods.”

Xbox 360 with AAXA’s 720P HD Pico Projector

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IMG_1630Gamers are always looking for the latest tech gear to enhance their game play experience. Paying top dollar for the best gadgets to have that extra edge against competitors. But what about playing just to play and getting to do that anywhere with ease. This is where pico projectors come in like the new ST200 720P LED Projector from AAXA Technologies. Portable in size and moderately priced making a lan party that much easier. No need to lug your monitor or television around. With 150 lumens, built in speaker, and internal battery pack getting the game started is a breeze.

We took the ST200 for a test (thanks to AAXA Technologies for providing a sample unit) and we were delightfully surprised. Plug in the HDMI cable and using the on-board media interface was simple and the brightness of the image was pretty good even when the room isn’t completely dark. The ST200 is also USB compatible and you can use an SD card as well. Check out the quality in the video.

 

You can find AAXA’s ST200 720P LED Projector on Amazon at the link below

http://www.amazon.com/ST200-Short-Projector-Multimedia-player/dp/B00W1PKXQ8

Lenovo Enters the Pocket Projector Race

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Lenovo-Pocket-Projector-1Lenovo enters the market with its own pocket projector; and it looks good. Feature rich including a unique body design and at just 4.1 x 3.9 x .98 inches and .37 pounds, the Pocket Projector lives up to its name, easily fitting in most pockets. Its subtle, but attractive gray chassis features a black lens arm that can rotate up to 90 degrees so you can project your content anywhere on the wall in front of you or even on ceiling.

Capable of emitting images up to 110 inches large with its modest 854 x 480 resolution, the picture looks sharper when smaller typical of most mini projector in its class. With a maximum of 50 lumens, the projector is more than bright enough to use in a dim room. Colors are bright and vibrant.

 

Charging via microUSB, the device promises 2.5 hours of battery life, more than enough for most movies or for a PowerPoint presentation. We can imagine taking the Pocket Projector on a camping trip and using it to watch videos on the tent wall or project stars onto the tent ceiling when rain makes it impossible to see them in the open air.

Check out the video and specs below.

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