By Andrew Liszewski
I reviewed AAXA Technologies’ P1 Pico Projector last year, and while I was mostly satisfied with its capabilities, the prospect of having to constantly re-focus a handheld projector was a big downside. But that’s no longer an issue with the company’s latest model, the L1, since it uses a three color laser light source that apparently projects an image that is always in focus, even on a curved surface.
With 20 lumens of brightness the PCOS laser technology is able to project an 800×600 pixel image up to 50-inches in size, assuming you have the right lighting conditions of course. Other features include native support for playing the most popular types of media file formats available today, as well as images and even business docs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files. The 160MB of built-in storage is a little anemic, but that can be expanded with USB flash drives. (A 2GB flash drive is included.) Sadly there are still some downsides worth mentioning. Battery life is still a meager 90 minutes which won’t get you through most movies, and even though the pre-order price is $100 cheaper than the MSRP, $599 is a lot to spend on a pico projector.