Pico projector showdown, which brand has the most bang for your buck this holiday season?

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The Pico projector market is constantly growing and changing and with that growth some brands have done very well and other have done so poorly that they left the market.  We saw this with brands like 3M who were briefly in the market and with acer who started out small and soon was one of the bigger players in the pico market.  We’ve seen a lot of great new projectors come out this season but in this post we’re going to be going over what we thought was the best and the worst of the year, as well as which models you should be looking at for your holiday list.

First let’s talk about Brookstone, the company that recently declared bankruptcy and had to liquidate most of their assets.  They have been dabbling into the Pico Projector market for some time now with very under-powered models and also by selling other brands projectors.  After the bankruptcy and liquidation they have decided to stay in this market but drop the other brands that they were previously carrying.  With this change we’ve seen Brookstone pump out more pico projectors than any other brand on the market this year, are they the best?  Probably not, but they’re still pretty well done for a brand that does not revolve around just projectors.  Their lineup consists of models that range from $229.00 to $499.00 and from 50 lumens all the way up to 200 lumens.

All of these products seem to come at a slight premium, especially for their output,  we’ve seen 450 lumen projectors going for less than $449 and 125 lumens ones going for about $249 from some of the other brands in the market.  A lot of what you seem to be paying for with Brookstone is their customer service, much like B&H or even Hammacher Schlemmer you end up paying more for the same product that you could get elsewhere but what you do get is supreme customer support.  If your product ever does have an issue and you take it to Brookstone they will deal with the manufacturer themselves, they also tend to offer longer warranties than the other companies in the market.  That being said, lets review Brookstone’s line-up:

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1. Brookstone Pocket Projector Micro – $229

2. Pocket Projector Mobile, 100 Lumens – $299

3. Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro—200 Lumens – $449

4. Brookstone Pocket Projector Pro with DLP® IntelliBright™ Technology—200 Lumens – $499

The first thing you may notice from the line up is that the first one, the Pocket Projector Micro, does not disclose the lumens it produces.  This information is actually not available from Brookstone, we’re not sure why but judging by the size of image they can claim that you can make and the size of the unit we’re guessing its somewhere in the 50 lumen range.  Their entire lineup is impressive for a company that came out of the shambles this year but as far as pico selections generally go they could definitely have a few more models.  That being said lets move onto Acer, one of the giants of the pico projector industry.

Acer, like Brookstone, also has 4 models currently available although with them being in the market longer they are more refined as they have replaced previous models that they already had.  For the price they’re definitely a bit more bang for your buck than the Brookstone products and without compromising on quality.  Acer’s current lineup is consists of the following models:

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1. C205 – 200 Lumen – $349.99

2. K132 – 600 Lumen – $499.99

3. K137 – 700 Lumen – $599.99

4. K335 – 1000 Lumen – $699.99

As you can see, the line up that Acer has is pretty strong, all of the models are very uniform and each upgrade is very clear as well as the price differences.  The main gripe that we have with them is that they really don’t have a super low end model available.  Sure the C205 is the lowest powered, but at $350 you could definitely get a more powerful projector and that’s still not a price point that many people who are just looking for their first projector are expecting to pay.  All of their models seem to be pretty genuine, except for the K335, 1000 Lumens is a big number to claim for a pico, especially for the size of the unit.  We’re a bit wary of this claim, as many times with projectors there are fancy ways of making a Lumen count seem higher than it actually is, although we don’t have any specific data on this it would be interesting to put a K335 to the light meter test and see what exactly it is putting out.  Other than that, it’s a solid line up and definitely a brand you should be considering this holiday season.

Lastly, we’re going to talk about a brand that has been in the Pico projector market since the beginning, AAXA Technologies.  AAXA was one of the first companies to dabble into the Pico market and in fact that is all they make which is a good thing because it allows them to really focus on their projectors and come out with some pretty innovative stuff.  Their line-up is definitely the largest, and covers a wide variety of uses and prices, we’ll list them below:

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1. LED Pico – 25 Lumens – $119

2. P2.Jr –  55 Lumens – $199

3. P3 – 50 Lumens – $169

4. P3-X – 70 Lumens – $219

5. P4-X – 125 Lumens – $299

6. P300 – 300 Lumens – $419

7. P450 – 450 Lumens – $449

8. LED Android – 550 Lumens – $499

9. M4 – 800 Lumens – $599

As you can see AAXA definitely has one of the larger selections in the market with 9 models.  We really like AAXA’s selection this season, there is a projector in a price range and power level for anyone.  The LED Pico is a great gift idea, at $119 its not too expensive and while it is the dimmest model its still definitely usable, don’t expect to go doing professional meetings with it but if you just want to watch some movies in your room at night or watch something with a couple of friends this projector is more than usable.  The P300 is kind of like the companies flagship projector, its mid level pricing and mid level performance makes it a popular model for many people.  We’ve personally reviewed this projector and were really impressed with the results, the 300 lumen engine was able to create a vivid 100″ image in our studio with the lights off and while it still got washed out with the lights on you could still see what was going on.  The P300 also has an optional battery that can be added for about $12, this gives it a little over an hour of battery life although it does decrease the lumen output significantly.  AAXA also has as model that recently came out called the m4 which is the largest pico they’ve ever produced, it clocks in at 800 lumens which is impressive however still less than the Acer K335.  We can’t say for sure but with the size of both the units and price wise we feel that they may even be using the same optics, the M4 claims 800 lumens which seems like a reasonable number for the price they’re asking however the K335 claiming 1000 lumens feels like that may have been done in unrealistically perfect conditions to come up with that number which also makes us question the rest of the numbers they are claiming on their other models.

AAXA is also having a special currently on the P3 LCOS projector, it used to retail for $219 however currently you can get it for the low price of only $169 with free shipping, this looks like it may be a clearance deal but the P3 is another projector that we’ve reviewed and for $169 we’re probably going to be snatching a few of those up as well.

Now for the final part, out of ALL these models, which are the best choices for you this holiday season?

Brightest –

  • Acer K335 – We had to chose this projector because technically it IS the brightest projector at 1000 lumens, however if you’re considering this one we strongly recommend that you check out the AAXA M4, we’ll be testing these two models later but really feel that we’re going to get similar results out of both of them.

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Most Portable –

  • AAXA P300 – The P300 is always a go-to projector for us, it’s small and light, easy to throw in a bag to carry and the brightness/clarity is great for the price.  This model was our first and only choice for most portable, another one to consider might be the C205, but even then the P300 is only a little more expensive for a lot more power.

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Cheapest Option –

  • AAXA LED Pico – The LED pico is unbeatable at it’s price of $119 and it’s the only one in a price range that we can classify as a affordable gift for someone, if you have a projector lover on your list this is definitely one to check out.

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And there you have it, our holiday lineup for 2014, unfortunately Brookstone didn’t make it in this time, but we wanted to mention them because if they keep going the way they are on their projector selection they’re definitely going to be in the running for next years show down.  But for the time being we recommend you stay with Acer or AAXA.  Hope you guys found this information useful, we’ll be back soon to do some more reviews and follow up on the ever growing world of pico projectors.

AAXA P450 WIFI Display Stick Bundle, Wifi streaming for android or iPhone, a review and how to set up.

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“Casting” as its commonly called is a practice that is getting more and more popular with consumers lately and with the increased demand more and more manufacturers are starting to make devices that are compatible with this technology.  All company’s call it something different, Apple calling it “Airplay”, Google calling it “ChromeCast”, the original being called a “MiraCast”, and a new comer to the scene “EZcast”.  Whatever name you want to give it, the technology behind it remains basically the same.  A small HDMI stick only a little bit bigger than a flash drive that can connect to your local WIFI network and wirelessly stream video or images from your iPhone, Android Phone, or even your PC.  Using one of these sticks you can convert your projector into an Android Projector, iPhone Projector, or even a Windows Projector.

The set up for these devices are all basically the same but for people who aren’t too into technology it can be a semi-confusing process.  Today we’re going to cover how to set it up and different ways to use the stick to stream movies, show off your pictures, or even just to make your TV/Projector another monitor for your device.  The stick we’ll be covering today is an EZcast module simply called the “Wireless Display Dongle”; we’re going to be hooking it up to a pico projector from AAXA Technologies call the P450 however this set up will work with any HDMI device you have that also has a USB port on it.

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(EZ cast wireless display Dongle)

Lets start with the initial un-boxing of the unit, as you can see there isn’t much in the box, just the WIFI display dongle and a USB cable, trust us, this is all you’ll need to get this going.

  • First things first, connect the Micro USB end of the cable to the back end of the Wireless Display Dongle (This is the end near the blue logo, or opposite the HDMI connection)
  • Secondly, you’re going to want to plug the HDMI side of the WIFI stick into your device, in our case it’s the P450,  once that is done you’ll need to also plug the full-sized USB end into the projector.

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(Everything all hooked up)

Once you’ve completed these steps you’ve done all the hardware hookup that is needed, lets move onto the software side of the equation.  When you first turn on your TV or projector you’re going to need to select the HDMI port that you plugged your wireless dongle into.  Once you do this you’ll see a purplish screen with a lot of text, if you don’t see the screen at this point you may have hooked up something incorrectly on the hardware side and you should go back and check your connections.

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On the purple screen you’ll see a couple different sections, the one that we’re going to be looking at first is the first section.  From here the device gives you two options, to set up from a PC or from a iPhone, Windows phone, or Android phone.  If you’re on your phone you can simply scan the QR code on the screen and it will take it to the app in your devices app store.  Alternatively you can navigate your browser to the address provided and download the application to your PC or Phone from there, today we’re going to be setting up our device on our PC.

  • The first thing you need to do is navigate your browser to the EZcast website (www.iezvu.com), from here navigate to the download section of the site and download the version of the software for the hardware you are using. Note that it may ask you for your device’s “SSID” during the download process, this can be found at the top of the purple start up screen for the device.

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  • Secondly you’re going to need to install the software, if you downloaded it to your phone it will be automatically installed, if you’re on a PC you’re going to need to run the installer that it downloads and restart your PC.
  • Third, once the software is all installed, open it up, the software will now change your devices wifi settings to look for the device, please note that if you are setting this up on a PC that does not have WIFI capability it will not be able to see the stick.  Once the stick shows up, select it, and give your devices a few moments to pair up.
  • The WIFI still will now pull up a screen that asks you to type in the credentials for your home wireless connection, once you input this information the stick will connect to your WIFI and you will be able to stream to it from any device that has the EZcast app installed.

Thats it!  Really not difficult to set up and only takes a few minutes to get working, you can now stream anything you’d like from your device such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Youtube, Pictures, Local Movies, and even just your screen.  We also made a video detailing how to do all of this as well, just incase you’d like a visual guide of the process:

AAXA Technologies is currently holding a promotion on these sticks, if you buy a P450 right now you’ll receive one of these sticks (a $30 value) with your projector so that you can wirelessly stream from anywhere.  So if you’re in the market for a projector and you’re also interested in airplay or casting take advantage of this deal while it’s around because it doesn’t get any better than this.

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Here’s a link to the P450 so that you can check it out for yourself! – http://www.aaxatech.com/products/p450_pico_projector.html

Images of products courtesy of AAXA Technologies.

 

Microsoft creates VR room with projectors.

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Recently Microsoft put out a pretty cool video of it’s Kinect and several Benq projectors being used to create a fully VR room.  The room is a pretty basic room with white walls but when they turn on the projectors the room jumps to life.

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There are 6 Benq projectors with Kinects strapped to them mounted on the ceiling, they are all pointed in different directions with adjustments applied to their images to allow them to cover most of the surfaces in the room.  The projectors display images around the room and the Kinects calibrate themselves with those images to create a 3D map of the room.

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Once the 3D map is made the Kinect’s can start to look for objects in the room such as furniture or people.  Once it does this it can create a map of the room and start to track movement of people inside the room.

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All testing with this set up so far has been done with simple programs and 3D animations, although it’s likely in the future if a unit is ever produced with similar capabilities that you could be playing full one games while being fully immersed in the action.  Think of the Oculus Rift just instead of sitting on your face, you’re in it.  Microsoft showed some people testing out the system playing games like wack-a-mole and a simple shooting game, they also demoed a 3D animation that at some points becomes hard to distinguish if its 3D or 2D.

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Is this the way of the future for VR?  Probably not, but its still a really cool concept and it’s definitely something worth playing with, I’m sure that since Microsoft has done it, several other large companies are soon to follow and we may see even better results.

If you would like to check out the video for yourself, we’ve embedded it below, enjoy!

The switch to LED’s, goodbye high pressure lamps

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Every projector ever made needs to have a lights source, this is for obvious reasons as it is a machine that must project a bright light.  These light sources have changed over time starting out as low wattage incandescent bulbs to High-Powered LEDs which are more common now.

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Up until recently the most common type of light source used in projectors were high pressure mercury bulbs, these are still used in some full-sized projectors today.  Initially these bulbs had a high cost and had to be changed about every 4,000 hours of use.  To make things worst as a side effect of the bulb going bad it gradually gets dimmer throughout it’s life.  Normally this dimming effect is so gradual that many users don’t even notice it until they change the bulb and figure out they’ve been watching at 50% brightness.  So for the average user that wants their projector to be looking as bright as possible at all times, they are looking at replacing the bulb at half it’s lifespan (around 2,000 hours)  and for a $200 bulb that can get expensive.  Not to mention the mercury bulbs aren’t very good for the environment, many of them end up in landfills and since they contain mercury any leakage into the soil is a pretty bad thing.

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So along comes LEDs.  As we saw with TV’s and the move from LCD to LED technology, the little plastic bulbs that used to be mainly used in rave lights are making a move into higher technology.  Some projectors have started to employ LED optical engines into their projectors.  The first projectors to use this newer LED technology were Picos, this is because picos are too small to have a replaceable bulb in the first place and since the LED optical engines can be very small and have a long lifespan (up to 25,000 hours) they can be integrated directly into the projector.  There was a lot of static at first regarding the fact that you can’t change the bulb and for people that have been using conventional projectors for a long time probably don’t really believe in the longevity that the LEDs claim to have.  However if you have a 25,000 hour bulb and you run it for 4 hours a day, thats about 14 years of use.  When you factor in the cost of replacement bulbs on a conventional unit the cost will far surpass just replacing the LED unit once it burns out.  The LEDs also have better color and pixel density than a pressure lamp creating a very crisp picture.

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So whats the problem, if LED’s are so much better why aren’t all projectors using them?  Well, the answer to that question is that LED optical engines just are not at a point where they are bright enough to compete with the pressure lamps.  Even some of the higher-end LED projectors are about 1000 lumens while pressure lamps can go all the way up to 10,000 lumens.  The difference is big here but the technology for the LEDs is constantly improving, just a few years ago they were capable of about 100 lumens and since then it has gotten 10x better.  What this boils down to is, if you’re presenting to hundreds of people in a lecture hall or have a private movie theater in your house then a pressure lamp may be the way to go.  If you are just going to be watching shows with your buddies or using the projector for personal use then LED is the way to go in almost every way.

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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.

New All-In-One Projector from ZTE & Sprint

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ZTE Smart Projector Hotspot

Looking for a portable 100-lumen projector?  Check.

Looking for a portable 100-lumen projector that can run Android™ 4.2?  Check and Check.

Looking for a portable 100-lumen projector that can run Android 4.2 and is a 3G/4G LTE Hotspot?  Check, Check and Check.

The new Sprint LivePro is set to launch on July 11th and will be the first of its kind “Smart Projector” that promises to be the ideal product for making boardroom presentations or showing movies for backyard movie nights.  At 4.7 inches x 4.7 inches and only 1.1 inches thick, the Sprint LivePro looks to be a very portable option when you travel for business or for family vacations and outings.

From the product photos and video reviews I especially like the fact that the projectors comes with a 4-inch touchscreen display to use the Android™ 4.2, Jelly Bean OS.  Some additional neat features with the projector is that you can connect up to 8 devices to the wireless hotspot, and the lithium ion battery works as a power bank that can charge smartphones, tablets or other devices using a USB cable.  Check out a first look from CNet.

http://www.cnet.com/products/zte-projector-hotspot/ 

As for how much it costs, it’s $450 if you sign up for a 2-year plan with Sprint, and the cheapest mobile broadband data plan starts at $34.99 per month for 3GB of combined 3G/4G data while on the Sprint network.  So all in, with cost of the projector and the data plan combined it’s about $1,300 after 2 years.  That can be an expensive investment, but if you can use all the features it might be worthwhile.  

There are a few good alternatives to look at if you’re in the market for a good portable projector.  For a versatile, battery-powered business and personal projector, check out the AAXA P300:

http://aaxatech.com/store/products/p300_pico_projector_store.htm).  

It has some decent reviews on Amazon and I would think there would be more battery powered projectors that can deliver higher lumens, but interestingly enough there actually aren’t that many.  I’ve used the P300 both in dark and semi-dim rooms and it does a decent job for presentations and movies.  The only drawback is you have to buy the battery separately for around $25.  

 

 

Kindle Fire HD with Pico Projectors

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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.

http://aaxatech.com/support/faq/kindlefire.php

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs60SGWdZHg

Links to some of the products mentioned:

Kindle Fire HD: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083PWAPW

AAXA P2 Jr: http://aaxatech.com/products/p2jr_pico_projector.html

Mini HDMI Adapter: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-Plated-Female-Adapter/dp/B004PW1XRS/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1374002194&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=mini+hdmi+adapter

Micro HDMI Cable: http://www.amazon.com/Fosmon-HDMI-Micro-Cable-Feet/dp/B003UH0Z9Q/ref=sr_1_10?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1374002221&sr=1-10&keywords=micro+hdmi+adapter

Camping with Projectors – Is it Possible?

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I am looking at the AAXA P300 today, and seeing how it applies to the uses of a camper, as there are factors to consider when looking to buy a portable entertainment device to use in the outdoors.  The P300 is a well rounded model that costs $419, is that price worth it?

The P300 is a Pico Projector, meaning that it is typically smaller than normal projectors, and indeed it is!  The P300 measures just 5.9 x 3.8 x 1.5 inches, making it easily portable, small enough to put into a backpack while hiking or a suitcase.  The optional 60 minute battery that we got certainly helped as we did not have power for the majority of our trip.

The P300 is a small projector, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on power or compatibility, the P300 puts out 300 Lumens, which makes it three times brighter than most other Pico Projectors.  The only downside to offering a battery with the unit is the brightness dips quite a bit when on battery, to 160 Lumens.  This is still impressive considering most other pico projectors put out about 100 Lumens.

AAXA’s P300 also did well when it came to the inputs it offers, giving us a wide range of ways to plug in devices.  The P300 comes with an AV input, which can be used to plug in traditional RCA devices like DVD players, or an iPhone connection which you can use to display your videos and photos.  It also has a full sized HDMI port, allowing you to use any HDMI device with the projector.  The last of the input ports is VGA, letting you use almost any computer with the projector.

The P300 also has a slot for USB and MicroSD, which can have media loaded onto them and played directly from the P300, giving you tons of options as to what you can play.  The P300 currently supports MP4, MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, AVI, BMP, JPG, GIF, and TXT.

My only complaint about the P300 would be its speaker, it’s not as powerful as I would have liked, but I can’t really complain as it does so many other things well.  Overall, we would recommend this to people who want a good versatile projector, one that is portable yet powerful.

 

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.

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Unboxing

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=907812&is=REG&Q=&A=details

New Pico for iPhone 4 and 4s

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We’ve seen many iPhone 4 and 4s pico projectors on the market and recently this is the newest projector to hit the consumer marketplace. The Pico Genie A100 is a 15 lumen handheld iPhone only projector. Very similar to others like Brookstone and 3M models. The Pico Genie comes with 2 W speakers which is very loud for such a small handheld device. With 15 lumens only, this pico will be needed in very dim rooms as the brightness is just not there yet.

Con: Only works with iPhone 4 and 4s. Low brightness even when pico technology is advancing.

Pro: Great built-in speakers. Very lightweight and small. Perfect travel companion.