The question has been asked many times- what’s the usefulness of a projector with an Android operating system onboard. Many blogs have discussed this ad nauseam (here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/atco-budget-hd-projector-with-built-in-android-review-and-giveaway/ and here: http://mashable.com/2015/05/07/zte-spro-2-review/#p_GFpLs5c5qs) but I thought we would take a different approach. Instead of streaming or connecting a gaming system where you would have to carry around with the projector, I’ve decided to take it back old school and use the projector as a gaming emulator, in this particular case old-school Nintendo 64 games.
Now AAXA Technologies (http://aaxatech.com/) sent us an LED android projector a few months back and we never got around to reviewing it (sorry AAXA!). I thought I would get around to it now.
- Stunning 550 Lumen Optical Engine
- Native 720P HD Resolution
- Android 4.4.2 with Dual Core CPU
- 20,000 Hour LED Light Source
- HDMI, VGA, USB, Composite Inputs
- WiFi and Bluetooth Onboard
The things you need for this setup:
- AAXA LED Android Projector: you can purchase this projector now for $399 here http://www.amazon.com/AAXA-Projector-1280×800-Resolution-Bluetooth/dp/B00K04Y82W/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1455129415&sr=8-11&keywords=aaxa on Amazon.
- Gaming Controller: the controller I tested with the projector can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-940-000110-Gamepad-F310/dp/B003VAHYQY/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1455130097&sr=8-3&keywords=usb+controller on Amazon. Or if you want to play old school you can purchase this classic N64 controller here: http://www.amazon.com/Retrolink-Nintendo-64-Classic-Enabled-Controller/dp/B008L3UUPS/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1455130154&sr=8-16&keywords=usb+controller
- Mega N64 app: can be found here through this link on the Google playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aspieapps.free.emulator&hl=en. You can also access the playstore app on the projector to directly download it.
- Nintendo 64 Games – Which you can search on Google for.
We tried a few different emulators but found the performance to be unstable. This included Mupen64+AE, Super N64 Emulator, and N64Droid. The best emulator we have found is the Mega64 app stated above.
I downloaded some games to play on the projector and it’s amazing how it works like having a portable gaming system with a huge display all in one. You can watch from the gameplay videos below, how well the game looks on the projector and how easy it is to set up. I mean who doesn’t like to play these classic old games with a huge display like you could never before. Before this review I already clocked some good hours playing some of these classic games.
Gameplay video with the LED Android Projector: