Pico Projector Review - AAXA P1 Jr. Pico Projector with LED Lightsource
10/22/2010 - Art Feierman
AAXA P1 Jr. Pico Projector - Overview
The P1 Jr. was the last of the five pico projectors to arrive. It is also the least expensive with an offical price of only $119. (I'll be repeating that quite a bit.) Although the P1 Jr. isn't as feature laden as some of the others, it proved to be surpisingly capable, especially in light of last year's projectors. And, like all the other pico projectors tested, it has an incredibly long life LED light source, instead of a conventional lamp.
Unlike most of the other pico projectors, the P1 Jr. uses an LCoS chip rather than the more commonly found DLP chips. The P1 Jr is capable of doing presentations, and watching videos, pictures, anything you can bring in through its AV input, with stereo and composite video. There's an SD card slot, and that works with the onboard media player to let you do those presentations, or view the videos and images.
Check out the highlights below, some quick specs, the special features, then read on to get a more in depth look at the AAXA P1 Jr.
AAXA P1 Jr. Projector Highlights
- Lowest cost pico projector we've reviewed to date
- Works with iPhone and iPod (needs adapter)
- On board media player
- AV, USB and SD card inputs
- Respectable selection of filte types supported by media player:
AVI, JPG, MPG, MP4, MP3, RMVB, RM
- Comes with a small, adjustable tripod
- Built in 1 watt speaker
Specs for AAXA P1 Jr. Pico and LED Projector
- MSRP: $119
- Technology: LCoS technology
- Native Resolution: 640x480
- Brightness: 10 lumens (Measured 9 lumens)
- Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
- Lens: Fixed lens with focus adjustment
- Lamp Life: LED light source, rated 15,000 hours
- Dimensions: 4.1” x 0.8” x 2.2”
- Weight: 0.27 lbs. (126g)
- Warranty: 1 Year Limited Parts and Labor, 90 Days on Battery
AAXA P1 Jr. Special Features
The projector is powered by a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery.
The P1 Jr. easily mounts to a tripod for easy setup because of the threaded hole on the bottom of the projector.
LED Light Technology
AAXA claims only a modest 15,000 hour LED light source. Most others claim 20,000 or more. I wouldn't worry about it though. You're not likely to use this even 10 hours a week, in which case, the light source would last almost 30 years. Though you would have worn out your first battery a couple of decades before. By that time, I expect something better will have come along, worth replacing your P1 Jr. with.
Has a 1.0 watt speaker which is more than some other pico projectors have, but it lacks an audio output to feed headphones, powered speakers or a separate audio system. Sound is functional though essentially no bass, and volume is decent, but we're not talking hi-fi on these pico projectors.