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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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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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3M Handheld Streaming Projector extra Roku feature worth it?

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Good: Recently, I came across an interesting video on the 3M streaming projector that has an integrated Roku Streaming Stick in its design. This new handheld projector has the ability to use Wi-Fi and features that includes streaming apps like Netflix, Amazon Instant, Hulu Plus, Vudo, HBO go, and many more. To make it even easier to bring around, it also has a built-in rechargeable battery. This 3M streaming projector is definitely one of a kind that has features that almost all handheld projectors don’t have.

 

Bad: Built-in battery doesn’t last that long (1.5 hours). It only produces 60 lumens (which is relatively dim) for home entertainment.

 

Bottom Line: A handheld projector that only produces 60 lumens for 1.5 hours at the price of $299; I honestly say that isn’t such a great deal. Basically you can only watch 1 movie at a time, and you have to go to the rooms which have little or no light because of the dimness of the projection. With the short amount of time before the battery runs out, you must charge it again. So, are the extra features that this 3M streaming projector provides necessary? I can understand if the battery lasts 3-5 hours, but 1.5 hours is a little too short. You might as well connect a pico projector that is cheaper with higher brightness to a laptop, than using this. Do not get me wrong, the concept and idea of this is great, but there are limitations to its success.

 

If the battery life is an issue, you can easily own a pico projector like the AAXA P4X projector for $299. It is brighter at 80 lumens, and it has a smaller design than the 3M streaming projector. You might as well use this pico projector and connect it to your iPhone, laptop, iPad, etc, and have better quality than using the 3M streaming projector. Do not get me wrong, this is a great idea, but they must rethink their strategy when they target the home entertainment segment.

Check video at: 3M Handheld Streaming

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AAXA P300 the New All-In-One Home Entertainment Device

AAXA’s newly released P300 pico projector was announced as the world’s brightest battery powered pico projector. When you think of pico projectors, your initial thoughts of a pico projector are that it is small, portable, and convenient to use. Thinking about the portability and convenience you would imagine the sole use of a pico projector are for business uses. The main purpose that you would think is that pico projectors are for presentations, meetings, and pitches. With most pico projectors (less than 100 LED lumens) you can’t really see any uses outside of the simple presentation and business for the pico projector industry.

 

As I was looking more into the P300 pico projector from AAXA, I came across a YouTube video of the P300 pico projector and the Simpsons which finally gave me a vision that says “pico projectors in home entertainment”. It displays a bright 300 lumens at high definition resolution of 1280×800. It can also be viewed up to 120 inches. What you see at most people’s houses have a 40 inch to 55 inch HDTV. The pricing for these HDTV’s can go up from $400 to $1500 depending on the quality, pricing, and the brands. This $419 AAXA P300 Pico Projector can be connected to an iPhone, Ipad, laptop, USB, SD card, game consoles, and more. This pico projector has more connectivity than a regular TV, and it can easily be moved from room to room. Not only can you use it for home entertainment, but you can use it for business and travel as well.

 

As you see pico projectors that are becoming brighter and brighter, you can only imagine what and when is it going to make a dent into the home entertainment industry. As pico projectors becomes more inexpensive, brighter, higher quality, and easier to use you can definitely start seeing people replacing their huge TV’s for a small pico projector like the P300.

Check out the P300 Youtube video:

P300 &  Simspons

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Taiwan Supplies Boosting Their Pico Projector Module Line

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In the new market, products are beginning to merge with other products. Taiwan makers of the micro projectors and pico projectors are now focusing on major technologies such as LCoS, DLP and MEMS laser scanning. They are planning to integrate these technologies in more mobile devices. They see that smart phones and digital cameras are definite gateways to target the younger market. They are also looking to work with the tablet PCs, portable media and DVD players, gaming gadgets and automotive head up displays.

 

The DLP are widely adopted in terms of shipping volume, and such pico projector products that have these technologies are AAXA Technologies, Optoma, and Asus. They find wide uses in pocket projectors, smart phones and digital cameras. Such products that include the impressive DLP technologies are the AAXA p300, Asus P1, Acer C120, Optoma Pk320.

 

As these makers start targeting companies other than just pico projectors, they will start to create awareness for more consumers of different areas. When they target companies that have smartphones, digital cameras, tablets, portable media and DVD players, gaming gadgets, and automotive head-up displays they will really increase consumer awareness for pico projectors. You can start to slowly see products that have pico projector features, and it’s only soon when pico projector companies start working with other companies. So do not be shocked when the next iPhone or iPad comes out with a pico projector!

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Stuffing a Projector in a Tablet Might Actually Be Better than Awesome!

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Stuffing a Projector in a Tablet Might Actually Be Better than Awesome!

 

A few years ago, when the concept of pico projector was quite new, 3M started engineering pico projectors into their smartphones. Although, at the time it seemed like a good idea, it seemed more of a novel rather having practical uses in the real world. But, when seeing a projector built into U7 Android tablet, it has given me many ideas on how to use a tablet’s projector.

 

Imagine have a slim tablet that can be easily carried around to many places: travel, business, entertainment. You can imagine yourself easily carrying the tablet and easily being able to play games, watch TV, movies, view pictures, or read articles on a bigger screen. You can easily bring this portable device anywhere and pretty much project it onto any flat surface. Not only can you bring this device around for entertainment purposes, but you can bring these devices for business uses.

 

Seeing technology advance like this is just a great thing to watch out for. First there were overhead projectors, projectors, micro projectors, and now pico projectors. Now not only do we have pico projectors, but we are starting to add our other mobile devices with pico projection. Which keeps us guessing what the next new product is going to be, and how much more innovative it is going to be!

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Inspire Dorm Room Envy With This Pico Projector

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I saw an article on www.wired.com, and I was reading up on how the pico projectors are a great addition to college dorm rooms. Being a college freshman there is a clear idea that it is known you will be moving in and out of dorm rooms fairly often. Not only that, being a student you would have to move your stuff throughout the college years. Then why would a college student lug around a HDTV that is 50+ pounds and is over $500? It seems fairly inconvenient for college students as well as a being a whole lot pricier.

Using a pico projector you can do as many things as a HDTV can do: you can watch movies, play video games, watch various sports games, and all sorts of cool things.  Which is why, a pico projector can be the hot ticket to convenient entertainment.

As a college student one would usually work, go to class, study, and party. But at the end of the day, where would you return to? The dorm would be the place to return to after a long day. There’s definitely going to be a lot of things cluttered around the messy dorm rooms nowadays such as computers, clothes, speakers, food, and all sorts of random things. A pico projector can be a great alternative for the big television or the big computer monitor. The Brookstone projector mentioned by Chuck Lawton, mentions that the HDMI Pocket Projector is a great product that student want, BUT it misses something that other pocket projectors offer which are an onboard media player and easy accessibility  through USB or MicroSD cards. Some of the projectors that is similar to the Brookstone Pocket Projector are AAXA’s P4-X and Optoma PK301+.

 

Here are some specs to help choose what projectors fit you the best:

Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector  AAXA P4-X Optoma PK301+
Lumen (brightness) 85 Lumens 80 Lumens 50 Lumens
Projector Resolution 854 x 480 854 x 480 854 x 480
Input Terminals HDMI Composite A/V, VGA, HDMI, SD card USB, HDMI, SD card
Size 3.9 x 3.8 x .89 inches

5.5 x 2.8 x 1.2 inches

4.7 2.7 x 1.2 inches
Price $299.99

$299

$349.99

 

 

 

At the end of the day, if you can avoid a cluttered dorm room, the pico projector, nevertheless should be an essential college students choice of entertainment. It’s extremely small, easy to use, and very portable.

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Fathers day is a comin’

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With Fathers day coming up how cold we not put up a post with our top picks… well, top 2 picks.

  1. iPad2 With the Hdmi mirroring gof the iPad2 it is easily the coolest gadget on the block. It makes for a really cool e-reader, gaming device, internet browser, and over all coolness booster.
  2. Pico projector our favorite addition to the ipad is a pico projector.

With how Highly portable the ipad is, it just makes sense to have a portable projection device that you can bring with you. We recommend 3 devices:

#1 The AAXA M2 – This projector is quite possibly the best bang for your buck! with hdmi inputs and a powerful 110 ansi lumens, it is incredibly impressive for only $349


#2 The Vivitek Qumi – out standign 720p rojector but after spending a bunch on your ipad @ $500 US this little guys is pretty pricey!


#3 The AAXA Tech M1 Ultimate-x – Incredibly cost efficient at $249  as well as having a sweet brushed aluminum exterior