LED Projector Review – Aiptek V10 PLUS Pico Projector

Aiptek V10 PLUS Inputs

There is a mini-jack (three connection type), for composite video, and left and right audio. The V10 Plus comes with a short adapter cable – with the mini-jack on one end, and splitting into three color coded RCA jacks (the usual Yellow, for composite video, Red, and White, for right and left audio. There is also a mini-jack to mini-jack cable provided for those devices that use that scheme for output (my old Sony mini-dv camcorder uses that connector, as one popular example).

The SD card slot is accessible by pushing the tethered rubber protector out of the way. The slot is officially compatible with SD, SDHC, MMC and MS Pro (Memory Stick Pro – from Sony?) memory.

Bottom line – you can project source material from devices, via the composite video (plus stereo audio) jack, or project compatible contents from the memory card slot. There is no computer input, or USB input.

Aiptek provides a disc with ArcSoft slideshow software, which can convert

Aiptek V10 PLUS Menus

Each of the menus – for Movies, Photos, and Music, are basically file directories that allow you to select the folder where your images are, on the memory card, or internal memory. Slideshow speed menu of the Aiptek V10 PLUS projector.Finally, the Memory menu option tells you how much memory is on any SD or other card, as well as the internal (4 Gigabytes) of memory, and how much of each is used.

The Videos menu allows you to select video files to run. Photo allows the selection of JPEG images to show, and the Music menu allows you to select MP3 files to play.

The Videos menu allows you to select video files to run. Photo allows the selection of JPEG images to show, and the Music menu allows you to select MP3 files to play.

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Aiptek V10 PLUS Menus Slideshow

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Photo

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Slideshow speed

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Volume Control

Note please, that the supplied disc, provides more information than the very basic, printed Quick Guide. That extra information includes additional information on playing videos, pictures, music/sound, as well as Powerpoint presentations or Acrobat PDF files, converted to JPEG format.

There is also a digital zoom feature accessable by holding down the Menu button for two seconds. One minor disadvantage, is that the media player doesn’t have a way to let you rotate an image. That was a feature we found particularly useful when we reviewed the 3M competition, the MPro110.

Volume control of the Aiptek V10 PLUS projector.A repeat function is also built in, for repeating the same videos, music or group of images.

The up and down arrow keys double as volume controls (up and down), when not in the menu mode. This image shows the overlayed volume menu, when you press one of those arrow keys.

Remote Control

The small credit card type remote control basically mimics the control panel. It has a red power button at the top left, four arrow keys with the OK (enter) button in the center, a Menu button, but also an Exit button.

Finally, there are two volume controls. It works as advertised. I found the remote to effective as far as about 15 feet. Keep in mind that where you are when using the remote, comes into play, because the IR sensor is on the right side (when looking from the back of the projector), rather than the front, or back of the projector, where it is usually found on larger projectors

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Aiptek V10 PLUS Lens Throw

The lens is fixed – it has no zoom capability. If you want to fill a 35 inch diagonal screen (28 inches wide), the front of the projector needs to be 6 feet from the screen (or wall) that you are projecting on. If you want to calculate based on the distance from the screen, one foot back from the screen gives you a 6.4 inch wide image – which works out to 8 inches diagonal. This amount of throw distance to image size is virtually identical to the Optoma Pico and the 3M.

The basic formula is this: distance is 1.9 times image width. Thus, for a 40 inch width (50 inch diagonal), the distance is 1.9 x 40 = 76 inches.

Lens Shift

There is there no adjustable lens shift, and there is no lens offset either. The correct placement of the projector to get a nice rectangular image is to have the projector lens even with the center of the screen (both horizontally and vertically). I should note that this is the same type of lens design that the other pico projectors use (no lens offset). Because of the 0 offset, if you set the projector at the end of a table, half of the projected image will be above the lens height, half below. If you tilt it up, which of course, you can, then the image will keystone – be wider at the top than the bottom, as you can see from a couple of the images in this Aiptek V10 PLUS review.

While it really doesn’t relate to lens shift, the V10 Plus comes with a mini tripod, which will be helpful in having the projector raised off of a table top, to help limit the amount of keystoning of the image.

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