Lenovo Android Yoga 2 Pico Projector Tablet Compared Against Our Favorite Micro-Projectors

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Testing the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 Projector

Recently, Lenovo announced that they were releasing a new tablet with a built in pico-projector, so naturally we were intrigued. Claiming “design intervention” from Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs) the tablet boasts some pretty gaudy specs and a very flexible design (hence, its name).  There are a number of existing reviews of the tablet, (Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C), so we aren’t going to dive too deep into reviewing the device. We did, however, get to test it out against a couple of our favorite pico projectors, the AAXA Technologies P3-X and the AAXA Technologies P300. Admittedly, the tablet’s projector only clocks in at about 50 lumens, so a comparison against something like the P300 isn’t entirely fair, but it was fun, so we did it anyways.

The Tablet

The Yoga Pro 2’s projector has some pretty decent numbers for being housed in the small battery case at the bottom of the tablet. Lenovo did a fantastic job of making the tablet look and feel like a complete unit, fitting the projector into a snug, unassuming corner of the device. It turns on quickly, and seems to be a natural fit with the design of the tablet. The projector itself is an approximately  50 lumen LED with a sliding focus tab underneath it. The picture only projects one way, which requires the tablet to be resting on it’s side with its kickstand in support. Focusing the picture is pretty tough, and the final result never really looked too sharp and there was noticeable blur when conducting most activities. It runs surprisingly quiet and cool, which is really a testament to how far the technology has come in the past few years. Additionally, the massive battery powering the tablet means that the tablet can run in projector mode for at least 4-5 hours, which puts it well ahead of many similar projectors at the moment.  Overall, we were pleased with the innovative approach Lenovo is taking (even though its not the first to do so), and expect to see similar features from their competitors.

 TEST # 1

Our first test pitted the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Tablet against the AAXA P3-X pico projector. With about 70 lumens, native WVGA (720p) resolution, the ability to project ~80″ image, and a two hour battery, the P3-X is a really nice little projector in an extremely portable size.

As you can see from the video, the two devices both performed rather well. The contrast on the P3-X seemed to be a little high, which distorted the color of the video, but it was considerably sharper and brighter. The color of the Yoga Tablet was by far its best feature, and it had a little more of a “true color” look to it on the wall. Also, the stability of the tablet, afforded by its “kickstand” made it a little easier to work with than the small tripod we set up with the P3-X. However, in the end, the P3-X outperformed the tablet, as it should, since it is a machine solely designed for the purpose of projecting an image, while with the tablet, its just a perk.

 

TEST # 2

In our second test, we decided to up the ante a little bit and pit the Lenovo Tablet against a higher powered pico projector, the AAXA Technologies P300, just to give people an idea of what is possible from a projector with a relatively similar price point. The point being, if the projector on the tablet is the selling point, there are alternatives in the market which can provide a far superior performance for a cheaper price.

 Surprisingly, despite being next to the vastly brighter P300, the Yoga 2 Tablet projector held it’s own.  However, the differences in resolution do matter, and the P300 projects at a healthy 1280×800 while the Yoga tablet shuffles along at ~854×480. The brightness was pretty apparent as well, my old Nikon DSLR wasn’t quite able to meter for the contrast in brightness, which makes the P300 seem somewhat distorted in the video, it did not appear that way in person. You can really see the difference when the light is on at the beginning of the video, the tablet’s projection fades dramatically while the P300’s remains rather visible. 

Conclusions

I think it goes to show that the tablet projector is going to be a thing in the future, particularly as the prices for the LED optical engines become cheaper. If you don’t have a tablet and  you do have a disposable $500, the Lenovo tablet could certainly seem like a buy. However, if you are looking to build a small home theater, or have portable projection capabilities, a dedicated pico projector would probably give you the most flexibility and bang for your buck. 

Are pico projectors the way of the future?

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With technology constantly advancing devices are constantly becoming more powerful, smaller, and less expensive.  The same is true with projectors.  Many consumers in the personal and business world are looking to projectors as an alternative to televisions for their source of entertainment or work.  Although we are long past the days of large units that reeled film through them there are still two major choices when buying a projector.

Full Sized or Pico.

What are the benefits of a full sized projector over a pico projector?  What about a pico over a full sized.  In today’s post we’re going to be covering some of the main differences between the two to help you make your decision when you’re in the market for a new projector.

First things first, size:

The most obvious difference  between a full sized and pico projector is obviously, the size.

You can get full size projectors as big as something you need both arms to carry:

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All the way down to something that can fit in the palm of your hand:

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This can be a big deciding factor for many people who are going to take their projectors with them to meetings or to a friends house.  Having a projector that can easily fit into your bag alongside everything else you have can be extremely beneficial to some people.  However there are obvious drops in the brightness between the these two projectors which we will cover next.

Secondly, brightness:

Brightness, or lumens as it is called in the industry, has always been where pico projectors have struggled.  Small size means less room to put an optics engine and more heat generation.  In the past we were seeing numbers such as 25 lumens from pico projectors which can work in a dark room with low light conditions but could not come remotely close to the brightness of a full sized 1000 lumen projector.

To give you an idea, 1000 lumens could produce about a 120″ bright image in normal lighting conditions.  As technology has advanced for pico projectors, it has also advanced for full sized projectors.  We are seeing numbers up as high as 5000 lumens for full sized projectors which could basically projector for a lecture hall and 1000 lumens for picos.

 

This means that your average high powered pico projector can produce an extremely usable image for most people that need basic projecting needs.

Cost:

Cost is definitely something that everyone factors into purchasing decisions, and it is one area that pico projectors have always beat out full sized ones.

Your average low-end full sized projector is going to cost anywhere from $800 and up, where as you can get some pico projectors for as low as $120.

There are obvious quality differences between the two however what we are starting to see emerge is a $500-$700 range for high quality pico projectors.  These projectors are outputting upwards up 500-1000 lumens and can definitely compete with some of the larger units.

Some great examples of high powered picos are:

The Optoma 3D ready pico

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The AAXA LED android

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Or even the lower powered Acer K130acer

 

These are all important deciding factors in purchasing a new projector, however as you can see from the way technology is growing it won’t be long until we start seeing pico projectors hitting the 1,500 lumen range at low price points compared to their full-sized counterparts.  For the average consumer, 1,500 is more than you’ll need to project anything you want in most lighting conditions for small audiences.  Although there will always be a need for full sized projectors in applications like lecture halls, movie theaters, and events.  It is clear that picos are most likely the way of the future for the average consumer.

AAXA LED Showtime 3D Micro Projector Review

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Today, I will be reviewing the LED Showtime 3D by AAXA Technologies. This projector is built as AAXA best projector. It has 450 lumens, 1280×800 (WXGA), 20,000 hour LEDs, and produces a image up to 160 inches. This projector can connect to many devices including DVD players, Blu-ray, Computers, Cameras, and USB flash drives.

Front and Back of Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unboxing

The LED Showtime 3D comes with a Remote control, Power Adapter, and a AV cable. HDMI and VGA cables are not provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Measuring in at 5.9″ x 5.2″ x 1.4″ inches, the LED Showtime 3D fits nicely in the palm of your hands. It is small enough to be placed in any bag or suitcase. The projector weights under 2 pounds. Overall this projector is very compact for being such a high end micro projector.

Performance

Features posted by AAXA Technologies:

  • Stunning 450 Lumen Optical Engine
  • Native 720P HD Resolution
  • 160” Screen Size for Immersive Games & Movies
  • 20,000 Hour LED Light Source
  • Full Sized HDMI, VGA, inputs
  • Powerful ARM Processor for Video, Pics
  • MP4, MP3, AVI, JPG, and text file support
  • 3D Ready with onboard decoder

Picture Quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The quality on this projector were very impressive. In low light settings, the projector did an amazing job producing videos at 1080p to 720p. In most cases, it would be at 720p. The color and contrast were good as the quality seemed to be more like a Television at home. Images were not blurry or pixelated. There were very few scaling artifacts in our test with the LED Showtime 3D which is a plus since a lot of picos this is a major weakness in their LED engine.

Conclusion

The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a strong, competitive projector with its high-end LED engine. Retailed at $499 street price, this projector is not too pricey for most pico projectors. You will be getting the most out of your money purchasing this projector.

Places to buy:

http://www.aaxatech.com/products/led_showtime_3d_micro_projector.htm

http://www.amazon.com/AAXA-MP-300-02-Showtime-Projector-Resolution/dp/B005MC27OI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365206014&sr=8-1&keywords=led+showtime

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AAXA P300 Pico/Micro Projector Review

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Pico projectors aren’t what most people think about when it comes to home entertainment and needs. As more and more pico projectors come into the market, they tend to be smaller, brighter, and better resolution with more connectivity.

 

Today for review, I have the P300 Pico projector from AAXA technologies. This small pico projector is very small and fits right in the palm of your hand. This Pico P300 projector has a lot of great features like a built-in media player, long battery life, small and portable of course and it can also connect to devices like iPods, iPhones, cameras, game consoles, laptops, Macbooks, iPad, USB, SD, and pretty much anything with an AV output or HDMI output.

P300 Projector

First up we’ve got the P300 pico projector box. It’s well done, but isn’t too flashy.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside we can find everything packaged well. Comes with the remote, tripod, power cord, VGA cable, AV cable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The P300 Pico Projector itself comes with a dimension of 5.9′ x 3.8′ x 1.5′ inches. On top of the P300 you’ll find a navigation pad.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s not much to the back, but just a solid white, and this is where the battery pack goes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the right side you’ll find the microSD slot, power output, AV output, and the HDMI output, as well as the on/off button.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The left side is where you find the manual focus, where you can manual change the focus of the projection.

 

 

 

 

On the front side you can find the LEDs to indicate the power and charging of the P300 projector. You can also see the lens of the projector.

 

 

 

 

The backside you can see the VGA output, USB output, and the output for earphones.

 

 

 

 

Overall the build quality is excellent, seems sturdy well made, lightweight, but it is slightly bigger than what I would expect to be a pico projector.

Picture Quality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the picture quality is excellent, and these were taken with the projector at a distance around 3-5 feet. For how small the projector is, I am still surprised at how bright the 300 lumen projector actually is.

There are a few things that I really like about this projector, the first being the picture quality. I also like the fact, that I can use use external sources as well with the P300 pico projector, at the present time you can hook it up to a laptop, iPod, game console, iPad, and almost anything that uses HDMI, VGA, or AV.

Conclusion

The AXXA Technologies P300 Pico Projector is a great product overall, and it works as advertised and it truly surprised me by it’s quality of not only the build but the output as well.

There are some concerns I do have for it, size and pricing, but it’s not that big of a deal if you look at the big picture.

I’ve had fun with the p300 Pico Projector, and I will continue to do say, and I will continue to use the pico projectors for entertainment. I can honestly say with the small size and many features that comes along with it, it is really inexpensive for what you get.

Pros:
– Light/Portable
-Really bright
-High Resolution
-Well Made
-Easy to use
-Easy to connect to external devices
-Built in media player

Cons:
-More of a micro projector than pico
-Fan can be loud in quite environments
-Glossy surface picks up fingerprints

Specs:

Check out the AAXA site for the Specs


AAXA launches the world’s brightest battery powered HD projector P300 pico projector

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AAXA Technologies has just released the world’s brightest battery powered HD projector. A pico projector is supposedly a projector that is very small in size/weight, and supposedly unable to produce crisp imagery. Unfortunately, the P300 is not the case. It will smash and make you re-think of whatever conceptions you may had on pico projector.

This particular device makes a huge leap in lumens in the pico projector departments. Most competing pico projectors will produce lumens from 50-150 lumens. Some of the better pico projectors may produce up to 200 lumens. But the P300 has a staggering punch at 300 lumens with 1280×800 native resolutions.

At its core is a robust ARM processor capable of internal high resolution 720p video, picture, and picture slide-show, it definitely will change the people’s perception on pico projector with home entertainment. Connectivity is also further enhanced with a VGA adapter, composite video input, and high-resolution digital HDMI connection which make connection with Apple products, computers, and external devices extremely easy.

Launching at a price of $419, the product is being hailed for its small pico projector with a very bright punch. With it’s all in one package for $419, and the numerous amounts of uses for the projector, it’s definitely something worthy to check out at P300 Pico Projector!

Samsung Galaxy Line Updated; Smartphone with a Pico Projector included

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The Samsung Galaxy S 2 was well received with the community. It seems that the same momentum that is carrying them might help them push the Galaxy Note and the brand new Galaxy Beam. The Beam is a very nice nod to the future of cellular smartphones, we’ve been predicting this addition to cellular technology for quite some time mainly because it’s just going to work. Although tabs do indeed help out with sharing and displaying information, it’s still inconvenient for more than 2 people to be huddling around one screen. Projectors will indeed be changing the field when they are introduced to consumers in the very near feature.

This phone is a powerhouse without the awesome inclusion of a 15 Lumen pico projector. It is a dual processor phone clocking in at 1ghz and contains an LED 15 Lumen lamp said to deliver up to a 50” screen. The phone is only going to be able to GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile with no plans for a CDMA version of the phone.

The product is said to be launching with a lot of projection apps said to help the user find the value in the projector as a gadget and less as a professional tool. Planned for launch are constellation apps, virtual pets, and other oddities that should help bring in casual users. If there is ever any doubt as to the validity of needing a projector in a cellular device

there are multiple reasons. Primarily apps and games could change in the way that the whole phone could possibly be used as a controller while the media and visuals are taken care of on screen and not on the device itself. Another one is for obvious sharing – instead of holding the phone out or crowding around a tiny 4 inch screen you can now project it so that anyone can use it without causing too much invasion of personal space.

 

AAXA P4 Pico Projector The World’s Brightest Battery Powered Projector

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AAXA P4 Pico Projector: The World’s Brightest Battery Powered Projector


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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From AAXA:

AAXA Technologies is excited to announce the release of our P4 Pico projector – the world’s brightest battery-powered pico projector.  Weighing less than 1 pound the P4 Pico projector features a powerful 750mhz Windows CE mobile processor and employs a dazzling 80 lumen high-contrast optical engine powered by Texas Instrument’s DLP.  Combined with AAXA’s Vibrant-Color™ technology the P4’s next generation HD optical engine utilizes 15,000 hour LEDs  and can deliver high brightness and deep colors for a rich viewing experience up to 80”*

AAXA also offers an optional keyboard for $49.99 which is a great accessory for the P4.
It offers:

  • All-in-one wireless keyboard & mouse solution
  • Includes wireless USB adapter
  • Backlit for dim lighing presentations
  • Long lasting battery included
  • Control your P4 from 6+ feet away

Our review:

The Good:

  • Performance: The resolution and brightness for a pico projector are amazing.  This truly must be the World’s Brightest Battery Powered Projector.
  • Long Life: Unlike conventional Lamp-based projectors, the P4 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 P4 was able to play files directly off our USB and Micro-SD cards without a hitch
  • Portability: Small enough to fit into small bags/briefcases and even your pocket.
  • Value: at $339 this product outshines its rivals in both price and brightness

The Not so Good:

  • Menu: Was a little clunky but still very simple to navigate through.

 

 

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Aaxa Tech M1 Ultimate X 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

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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

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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.