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AAXA’s 720P LCOS LED HD Pico Projector

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AAXA has recently released their latest model of pico projector and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on the ST200 720P LED Projector for a review; and we are impressed with the little titan. Boasting features such as a built media interface, lithium ion battery (allowing up to 60 minutes of run time), and a built in speaker this little machine is ready to go right out of the box. Weighing in at just 11 oz. the ST200 can produce an image up to 100 inches. Getting to those files or launching games on the small projector is a breeze with it’s on board controls and media interface. Allowing you to play media from a range of devices via a USB port, SD card slot, and HDMI input. There is also a port to connect to a portable speakers which makes game play, movies, and music even better.

 

Check out the ST200 in action in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9gJFR7Zjh0

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Compared to it’s competitors AAXA’s ST200 50 lumens mini projector is featured rich and versatile. It is very user friendly and can be used by anyone. It is priced competitively in it’s class and is something to look into if you’re in the market for a pico projector. Check out the link below for the Amazon listing.

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

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Celluon Releases PicoPro Laser Pico Projector

We spoke about how laser projectors may be making a comeback in our last post, this time, we have actual evidence of it!

Celluon is releasing their PicoPro, a small ultraportable projector that incorporates laser projection to provide an infinite focus image that is very vibrant in it’s colors.  The unit is roughly 1″ thick, gives you an HD resolution of 1280×720, and 2-3 hours of battery.

The contrast ratio is what really perks our ears up, 80,000:1, a traditional LED projector is in the neighborhood of 1000-2000:1, so this is a dramatic improvement for sure.

Pricing isn’t announced quite yet but is expected within the first half of the year.

For more information on the PicoPro, visit http://celluon.com/products_picopro_overview.php

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Akyumen Announces a 50 Lumen Windows Tablet, powered by Intel Atom

Akyumen, a small company that recently started getting into consumer electronics, is stepping up their presence by creatinig a Windows-based Intel Atom tablet.  This tablet is primarily geared towards education, the idea that kids can have one of these at their table and easily pull up information and share ideas and content with classmates.

There’s not a whole lot of solid information on the tablet quite yet, they’re expecting to roll it out around the first quarter of 2015.  They’re also saying it could be a good hit with gamers, having a game on your tablet and easily being able to push a button and start projecting it onto the wall could be something a lot of people would pay for.

Here’s a full breakdown of the specs of the tablet:

Operating System: Windows
Processor: Intel Atom Processor
Storage: 64GB of SSD
Camera: 8MP Sensor
RAM: 8GB

With those kinds of specs theres a real possibility for this to be a solid product, it gives it enough oomph to really have performance needed for gaming or other heavy tasks.

The projector side of things is a DLP chipset, they’re claiming around 100-plus inches at 720P quality, it has a 50 lumen sensor.  We’re very interested to see if the projection is useful or is it just a gimmick?

Are you guys excited for this?  It sounds fairly interesting we think.

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Pixelworks Enters Agreement to License the VueMagic Mobile Presenter to BenQ

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BenQ has long been known for good quality projectors at slightly higher prices, this will hopefully change with the news that BenQ will now have access to Pixelwork’s VueMagic for their systems.  VueMagic is a display technology that brings enhanced functionality like wireless and streaming to any device.  This is something that has long been sought after by many companies, the idea of putting a portable projector into your bag and being able to stream wirelessly to it, no need for cables.

Features like these will definitely add value to the projectors, which should increase sales across the board for BenQ.  If other companies follow suit, who knows where the features will be in 2-3 years.

“We are excited to announce our expanded partnership with BenQ, a leader in the projection display market, as well as their licensing of VueMagic Mobile Presenter as the basis for QPresenter Pro,” said Graham Loveridge, Sr. Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Pixelworks. “The cooperation between BenQ and Pixelworks is targeted at enhancing the projected viewing experience while also improving meeting collaboration and mobile flexibility.”

Does anyone else still use a BenQ Pocket Projector?  We are always looking for new models but BenQ has been making them slower and slower these days, hopefully we get some good stuff as a result of this deal!

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Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL to HDMI Video Out To The New Orealo C1 MHL Slim Projector

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Last week we ordered a new pico projector. We wanted to try something out of the ordinary and picked up the Orealo C1 MHL Slim 40 Lumens Pico Projector for only $169.00, as something that could definitely compliment our smartphones when boredom starts to set in. For most of us here we have Android based smartphones. We mainly have the Samsung Galaxy series phones; and we’ve never had a chance to use MHL connection. But we’re sure many people want to know how to get a video out connection from their MHL devices to a TV, LCD, or projector so here we are. First of all, what is an MHL connection? Heres an excerpt taken from the “MHL Consortium” website comprised of Nokia, Samsung, Electronics, Silicon Image, Sony, and Toshiba.

What is MHL Technology?

MHL stands for Mobile High-Definition Link technology, which allows you to display your smartphone’s content to a larger screen, all while charging your mobile device. Transform your smartphone into a home theater system, stream your favorite TV channels or movies in HD, and experience your favorite music with immersive surround sound. If you’re a gamer, you’ll love playing games on the big screen with MHL, and paired with a Bluetooth game controller you can have the ultimate, untethered gaming experience. [www.meetmhl.com]

Now that we have established what MHL technology is lets check out what we’re working with here.  We have the Samsung Galaxy S4 that we’d like to connect to our new Orealo C1 MHL Slim PIco Projector. [picture of phone and pico]   For some reason, although MHL is suppose to produce a high-definition video output from our tiny Samsung smarphone, we just can’t fathom that its possible.  But, we will soon find out…Right out the box. we notice that the Orealo C1 MHL Slim projector actually comes with an MHL adapter which is pretty awesome when everyone’s always trying to make an extra buck and charge you for extra stuff just to get it working the way its suppose to do.  Putting it in your hand you get a feel of its slim size and light weight weight, which is as thin as our Samsung and weighing in much lighter!

 

Two Powerful Units 

These little pico projectors are made to compliment our “on-the-go” mentality to give us the mobility that we all love to have. We want to take our homes with us without actually taking our homes, maybe just an RV will do, and MHL Technology gives us full a mobile entertainment experience. So with the Samsung as our media powerhouse the Orealo C1 has a speaker and an internal battery built-in that last up 120 mins to give us an immerse mobile entertainment experience. Oh, lets not forget that the 2000 mAH  battery doubles as a traveling charging station for your MicroUSB deivices, which is pretty cool when you’re always on the go. Preparing to Launch into the Galaxy Quick and simple, we have our Samsung Galaxy with MHL Technology and our Orealo C1 MHL Slim Projector that comes with the following accessories:

  • Built-in internal battery that last 120 minutes and can be used as charging station for other devices
  • MHL Adapter
  • HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable
  • 3.5mm A/V Composite Cable
  • D/C Charger
  • Tripod

How to Connect Samsung to MHL Orealo C1

Step 1 – Connect the Mini-HDMI to the MHL Device

Step Two – Connect MHL Adapter to Samsung

MHL Activate! 

…We are impressed! We were pretty skeptical about the video quality coming from a phone but the MHL connection is pretty darn good! The Orealo Projector also does an amazing job for its size at 40 ANSI lumens! There are only a few other “slim” style pico/pocket projectors on the market close to the price, like the Brookstone Pocket Projector Slim with only 25 lumens for $149 or the Genuis Bella Vision BV180 thats rated at only 35 lumens for $189.00. To concluded this little experiment, connecting MHL devices has been a quick and painless procedure that gave us instant video output between the popular Samsung Galaxy and the new Orealo C1 Slim Pico Projector. We were able to instantly project images, videos, and even mess around with our apps. We were able to stream directly from our Hulu+ Plus App and  play DC Comic’s Injustice and FT Games’ Zombie Frontier. I think we’ll be hiding in the closets from our bosses to escape our boredom.

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Why Keystone Correction is a Key for Pico Projectors?

The ability to be mobile in today’s world is becoming more and more of a necessity. Which is the main reason why people buy pico projectors. When a salesman is making a presentation with powerful images and video, it can be the difference between making the sale or not. With pico projectors you have that mobility, but what if the salesman is in a room where space is limited and setting up the projector is can be difficult?

When a problem like this arises, going without the projector shouldn’t even be an option. Today,  pico projectors like the LED Showtime 3D Micro Projector($499) or the Acer K132($499) have what is called Automatic Keystone Correction.

What is Keystone correction?

It gives the user the ability to point the projector from varying angles and without skewing the picture.

For a detailed explanation of Keystone Correction: AboutProjectors.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector Review

Hi I’m David Connoway executive editor for CNET.com and I’m here with the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector. This projector is considered a pico projector – it weighs in at half a pound. It’s a nice compact form factor and it’s obviously very portable. You do have to plug it in at least to charge it up and you can leave it plugged in when your showing video on it.

It gives you about 2 hours of battery life and when tested it did hit that number, but it does not have any sort of battery indicator that tells you it’s about to go off. This is called the HDMI Pocket Projector for a reason because it does have an HDMI port in the back.

There are also a couple of adapters for it, however if you have an Apple device you will need a $40 adapter to make that work with it and this won’t work with all smartphones necessarily.

It does have 2 built in speakers, one watt speakers, they do provide some sound, not great sound, pretty teeny. Theirs enough sound to hear a movie. You can also plug in an external speaker to this device or perhaps you want to listen with a small bluetooth speaker that you can pair with a tablet or smartphone.

On the box, it does say something about accepting a 1080p signal, but this is not an hd projector – it’s an 854×480 resolution projector, so it will take an 1080p signal but it will downsize it to that 854×480. It does deliver a good picture. It has about 85 lumens, so it’s a pretty bright little projector. You can project to around 50-60 inches, from about 6 feet away. The room doesn’t have to be totally dark when you’re showing a presentation – which is good.

A couple of other small things worth mentioning, this does have a little manual focus control on it, and it also has a usb outport, which allows you to charge your smartphone. This does have that built in battery, so you can charge a device while you’re using a projector. Ideally of course you’ll have a connector plugged in while you’re charging.

A couple of thing this projector doesn’t have, there is no built in memory, or any sort of micro sd card slot. But all in all, a pretty solid little projector. It does cost $300, that maybe a little bit expensive for folks now, but these pico projectors have come a long way since what we saw a few years ago. You can also check out Rokus streaming projector, which is also at this $300 price point, which allows you to stream Roku services right from the projector. I’m David Connoway and that’s the Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector. Thanks for watching.

 

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AAXA’s P2 Jr vs 3M’s MP225

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Time for another showdown, this time we’re comparing two ultra-portable units, which are both value priced but pack in lots of features.

Let’s talk about 3M’s MP225 first.  Amazon has this projector for $199, and it has a pretty clean look to it, which gives it a nice look.  I’m not crazy about the look of the buttons, they almost look like buttons on a children’s toy or something.  A plus on this design is that it has a built-in stand, which I found to be incredibly useful while using it.

The brightness on the MP225 is rated at 32 lumens, which is good, but it won’t be a replacement for your full sized projector by any means.  32 lumens is great for watching movies in your room when it’s dark, but it won’t be great for in a lit room.

As for inputs, the MP225 falls a bit short, providing only a combined VGA / AV port which required a 3M cable for every output it supports (RCA and VGA).  The exclusion of HDMI makes me wonder what they were thinking when they decided not to put a HDMI port on it.  VGA gives it lots of options, but if you wanted to plug in a newer laptop (one with only HDMI out) you might be out of luck.

The MP225 is a pocketable addition to any everyday carry, and we think it’s good, but the lack of HDMI kills it.

 

AAXA’s P2 Jr is fairly new, but has been on the market long enough to earn a reputation for being a good portable projector.  Priced at $199, it equals the value of the MP225, but how does it compare in terms of performance and inputs?

The P2 Jr weighs in at just 0.3 lb, compared to the MP225’s 0.65 lb, that makes it half the weight, and it is slightly smaller as well, coming in at 4.2″ x 2.9″ x 0.8″ vs the MP225’s 5.9″ x 2.5″ x 1.2″.

The P2 Jr stacks up well in terms of performance, offering a 55 lumen output in terms of brightness, which is almost twice as much as the MP225.  The performance is surprising considering the product’s weight and size, you might think it would fall short, but it doesn’t.  Color reproduction seemed good, nothing spectacular (it’s a tiny projector, what do you expect?), sound was okay, but nothing mindblowing.

As for inputs, the P2 Jr has a good amount of them.  The one major thing the P2 Jr has over the MP225 is HDMI, which is a life saver if you need to plug in anything that doesn’t support VGA.  The HDMI port is a mini HDMI port, but a simple adapter can turn it into a full sized one.  In addition to the HDMI port is a VGA port (mini VGA using a proprietary adapter, sadly), and an AV jack for RCA video.

The other thing the P2 Jr has over the MP225 is a full sized USB port, and a MicroSD Card Slot.  This allows you to load movies or photos onto a USB drive or MicroSD Card and play them directly off of the projector.  I think this is where the P2 Jr really shines, instead of having to use a laptop or some other device to play content, you can just play them on the projector.

 

We think the best bang for your buck is the P2 Jr over the MP225, it provides more inputs, a brighter display, and a smaller size.  We recommend both, but if you want your moneys worth, the AAXA provides a better value.

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New 3D, 1080p Pico Projector revealed by AAXA Tech.

On December 14, 2012, AAXA Technologies unveiled their newest high end pico projector, the LED Showtime 3D. This projector is packed with HD quality resolution (1280×800 DLP) and is the first 3D ready projector by AAXA. Its stylish and sleek design will make the Showtime stand out among its competitors. It is small enough to carry on the go and has the capabilities of a 160 inch cinema experience.

A Big Projector in a Micro Projector Size

The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a full-featured entertainment projector in a micro projector size.  A variety of input sources include HDMI and VGA connections, a Composite Video input cable, and a USB memory stick slot for media playback.  Outputs include a 3.5mm headphone jack and onboard 2 watt speakers.  Processing power is provided by a robust 880mhz ARM chipset  able to render high resolution full-length movies and high megapixel digital pictures.  3D capability is made possible by a “DLP-3D” processor able to display 3D movies, games, and education content (requires 3D glasses and Quad Buffered 3d Graphics card). The AAXA LED Showtime 3D is a true miniature powerhouse able to perform like a full sized projector and able to double as a stand-alone entertainment system without the need to connect to a video source or game console.

If you are in the market for a projector that offers HD quality display, the LED Showtime 3D is going to be one of the best ones on the market for the price that it is being offered at which is $499 at aaaxatech.com

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Picking a Projector of the best and bright pico projectors

Pico projectors are the tiniest handheld projectors that are currently out there on the market. Its portability and easiness to use is highly efficient for entertainment and business purposes. Unfortunately, pico projectors aren’t as small as your typical handheld device like an iPhone, it still is considered very small, and won’t even weigh down a briefcase or purse by more than a pound. Some pico projectors even weigh less than half that.

 

Projector/Specs Price Brightness Size Weight Resolution (Native) Battery Power
AAXA P300 $419 300 Lumens 5.9×3.8×1.5inches 1.3 lbs 1280×800 75 min
Acer C120 $229 100 Lumens 4.7×3.2×1 inches 0.5 lbs 854×480 60 min
Optoma PK320 $375 100 Lumens 4.7×1.2×2.7 inches 0.6lbs 854×480 90 min
3M MP220 $450 65 Lumens 6.2×1.3×3.2 inches 0.9lbs 1024×600 120 min

 

Pico projectors have become credible business tools as technology improves, unfortunately they are still not powerful enough to display in large rooms. This shouldn’t be the main entertainment device that you use, but it definitely is a useful tool for constant travelers.

 

At the end of the day, depending what you are looking for, you can definitely make a decision on what fits your needs the best. If you are looking for a brighter projector, you would probably look for the AAXA P300.  If you’re looking for a cheaper model the Acer C120 ould be a better fit. If you are looking for higher quality pico projector, the P300 would be the best fit as well, being the brightest and highest native resolution out there. There are many differences and similarities with each pico projector; you just have to take a look at what fits your needs, and what doesn’t. Below are some pros/cons of each projector.

 

Pros/Cons:

 

AAXA P300:

–          Pros:

  • Brightest pico projector by far
  • Able to connect with USB/VGA/HDMI/Composite AV/SD/Headphones
  • Highest Native Resolution

–          Cons:

  • A bit pricey

Acer C120:

–          Pros:

  • Inexpensive and high brightness

–          Cons:

  • Least versatile out of the group

Optoma PK320:

–          Pros:

  • Really Bright
  • Relatively long battery life
  • Able to connect with USB/VGA/HDMI/Composite AV/SD/Headphones

–          Cons:

  • Expensive for a pico projector

3M MP220:

–          Pros:

  • Highest native resolution
  • Longest battery life

–          Cons

  • Expensive
  • Low brightness