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OhGizmo! Review – AAXA L1 Laser Pico Projector

AAXA L1 Laser Pico Projector (Image property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Lasers, is there anything they can’t improve? Regular tag? Boring. Laser tag? Amazing! Regular pointers? Dull and ignorable. Laser pointers? Captivating! And it turns out that lasers can work their magic when it comes to pico projectors too. Last year I reviewed AAXA Technologies’ P1 Pico Projector, and the biggest gripe I had with it, and with every pico projector I’ve played with since then, was the fact that you had to constantly refocus the image whenever the projector was moved. And given they’re designed to be handheld most of the time, they move a lot.

Since the light from an LED tends to diffuse quickly, the image from an LED-based pico projector constantly needs to be refocused as you change its throw distance. But since the light from a laser has a high coherency and manages to stay very focused over long distances, the image from a laser-based pico projector never needs refocusing. In a nutshell it’s a clever solution to the issue I raised in my previous review. Now granted the technology isn’t perfect just yet, but as far as I’m concerned the new L1 from AAXA Technologies is now the pico projector to beat. And if you want to know why, you can find my full review after the jump.

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Viewsonic’s PJD6531w ‘HD’ Projector Provides Affordable 3D

Viewsonic PJD6531w 3D Projector (Image courtesy Viewsonic)
By Andrew Liszewski

3D isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s just another tool for story tellers that happens to be stumbling through its infancy right now. But the prices for 3D TVs? Well yes, that’s definitely a source of nightmares. But Viewsonic has a provided a relatively affordable way to sample the 3D waters with their PJD6531w projector.

As projectors go, it’s definitely not at the top of the heap when it comes to specs, with a 3000 lumens brightness rating, 3200:1 contrast ratio and limited 720P ‘HD’ resolution. But it is capable of projecting that at 120Hz which is necessary for viewing 3D content, and it includes all of the necessary video hookups you’ll need including HDMI 1.3. And when you factor in that online stores like TigerDirect are currently selling it for just $699, it’s not a bad investment should this whole 3D trend disappear yet again.

[ Viewsonic PJD6531w ] VIA [ Electricpig ]

AAXA Technologies’ L1 Laser Pico Projector Now Available For Pre-Order

AAXA Technologies' L1 Laser Pico Projector (Image courtesy AAXA Technologies)
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.

[ AAXA Technologies' L1 Laser Pico Projector ] VIA [ PicoProjector-info.com ]

JVC’s New 4K Projector – The DLA-SH7NL

JVC DLA-SH7NL (Image courtesy JVC)
By Andrew Liszewski

It’s not going to win any beauty pageants, nor will the boring model number stick in your head, but the new DLA-SH7NL projector from JVC will make you wish you had $15,000 to blow on a new toy. It uses a set of 330W ultra-high-pressure mercury lamps to kick out 5,000 lumens of brightness, with a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. And as for resolution, the DLA-SH7NL is capable of projecting a 10 megapixel or 4,096×2,400 image, but since most people don’t have a 4K source, it can also simultaneously project two or four HD images (1,920 x 1,200) thanks to its four DVI input connections.

It’s also equipped with a network connection allowing you to adjust the projector’s settings from a web browser, and it can even email you maintenance notifications like when it’s time to replace the lamps or important error messages. And that $15,000 price tag? Just keep in mind that doesn’t include the DLA-SH7NL’s short-focus or telescopic lenses which are both sold separately.

[ PR - JVC to Add New Projector to 4K2K D-ILA Lineup ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]

Clamshell Style Portable Projector

Clamshell Style Portable Projector (Image courtesy Uxsight)
By Andrew Liszewski

I know I should never judge a book by its cover, but I feel confident that I can judge a projector by its price. Which is why I’m probably going to pass on this clamshell style portable projector available from Uxsight which sells for just $51.69. I mean I’d like to judge it on its technical merit, but how am I supposed to do that when the ‘Product Details’ only include the following:

- This is a home projector, the design is simple and generous, “content” plentiful, it is the enjoyment of life, the artwork in the spare time.
– The people are the centre for its design ideal, designed with slot cover, it helps to shield the ugly for many jack sockets; the bottom with leather socket which protect camera’s lens from scratch and bring out its elegant on the decoration. Electronic start up button, soft touch controlled.
– The color adopt black and white combined, glittering and translucent, give out special charms and life taste.

Besides, any time I’ve bought any type of device that gave out “special charms and life taste” I’ve always paid well over $100, so I think they might be trying to pull a fast one here.

[ Clamshell Style Portable Projector ] VIA [ The Red Ferret Journal ]

Epson BrightLink 450Wi Ultra-Short Throw Interactive Projector

Epson BrightLink 450Wi Projector (Image courtesy Epson)
By Andrew Liszewski

Epson’s recently announced BrightLink 450Wi ultra-short throw projector is able to produce an image from 55 to 102-inches in size depending on how far it’s mounted from a wall, and whether it’s running WXGA or XGA resolutions. For example, at a distance of just 18 inches it’s able to project a respectable 60-inch diagonal image, but for compact spaces it can be mounted as close as 2.8 inches, though that will result in a considerably smaller image.

But that’s not the only trick it has up its sleeve. The BrightLink 450Wi is also an interactive projector, and includes a set of digital infrared pens allowing the presenter to doodle or annotate directly on the image being projected. The best feature though is that when the projector becomes available sometime in Spring 2010 it’s expected to sell for under $2,000.

[ PR - Epson Changes Interactive Whiteboard Game with Innovative, Cost-Effective Interactive Projection Solution ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

$120 Pico Projector Is Almost Cheap Enough To Try

projector1 By Evan Ackerman

There’s some kind of threshold that electronics with a high cool factor but questionable usefulness have to cross in order for them to be worth buying, and this Sanwa pico projector is awfully close at $120. I can’t figure out how many lumens it is (safe to assume not many), and it only pushes out VGA (640 x 480), but it does take both data and power over USB, which is nice, and includes an assuredly crappy speaker. It weighs 85 grams and comes with a lil’ tripod, too. So yeah, it’s a pretty “meh” little thing (not nearly as fancy as the one from AAXA that we reviewed last year), but it may be cheap enough to justify your first foray into pico projecting.

[ Amazon ] VIA [ PicoProjector.info ]

[CES 2010] Samsung Projector Phone Gives A Glimmer Of Hope That One Day They Won’t Be Monstrous

Samsung Projector Phone (Images property OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

While they had little to no information about the phone itself, the good people at Texas Instruments were showing off this unnamed Samsung phone (I believe the model # 9600 was thrown around?) since it features a built-in DLP-based projector. While it’s not as thin as the Nexus One or the iPhone, it’s still remarkably compact given there’s a projector crammed inside! And a decent one at that!

Samsung Projector Phone (Image property OhGizmo!)

Now a crumpled piece of copier paper isn’t the most ideal thing to use as a projection screen, but to be honest it’s pretty close to real world conditions. I mean if I was at my desk and wanted to show someone something via the projector, it’s probably the first thing I would reach for. And the projected image was suitably bright with decent contrast, so we’re definitely getting there!

HypnosEye Adds Projector Functionality To Your iPhone… Kinda

HypnosEye Projector and Screen Set (Images courtesy Japan Trend Shop)
By Andrew Liszewski

Jealous of all those new-fangled cellphones that come with built-in projectors these days? Well the HypnosEye will level the playing field. It seems to work like an overhead projector, using a mirror and lens to magnify and project the display from your cellphone onto a wall, ceiling or other surface. There’s no light source of its own, so you’ll need to set the brightness on your phone’s display as high as it can go for best results, which also means it will probably work better with devices with large LCDs like the iPhone, iPod Touch, Zune etc. Unfortunately though the $117 price tag from the Japan Trend Shop pushes this well out of the novelty purchase price range, particularly when the results as seen in the video I’ve included after the jump aren’t great.

[ HypnosEye Projector and Screen Set ]

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