Comments by Projector Reviews staff:
The L1 v2 is an updated version of AAXA's L1. Offering advances in its laser light technology, this new version promises a better, sharper picture than its predecessor with less visible pixels. Laser pico projectors have been a mixed bag so far, with some advantages and some disadvantages. We're hopeful that this is a next generation of laser engine, with less sparkle. If this projector is basically the same, but with a new light engine, we'll take a look and see how much it improves on last year's.
Aaxa L1 v2
November 24, 2010: AAXA Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the AAXA L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector, an updated version of the L1, the world's first laser powered pocket projector. The updated design improves the performance of L1 v2 by increasing the thermal efficiency of the PCOS laser light engine. The unique three-color laser light source enables the L1 v2 to produce images with amazing color saturation that are always in focus. Designed for mobile professionals and entertainment, the AAXA L1 v2 pocket projector combines a revolutionary laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to achieve a 20 lumen output at 800x600 resolution without the pixilation problems found in some laser projectors.
The flexibility offered by the L1 v2 laser light source opens up a new world of possibilities in projection applications. The focus-free operation allows for rapid changes in projection size, simultaneous far and near surface projection, angled projection, and projection on curved and other non-flat surfaces. Its ultra-efficient optical engine enables the L1 v2 to produce rich images even in less-than-dark environments - and color-rich images up to 50" in dark environments. Combined with onboard 1.5 hour battery, the L1 v2 operates as a true hand-held laser projector without the need for any cables or external power source.
Built-in features include VGA input supporting up to 800x600 resolutions for laptop connections and on-board gamma correction. Additional features include a powerful media player capable of decoding of video (AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG), audio (MP3, WAV, AAC), images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP), and popular document formats (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF), onboard memory, and a USB port capable of reading files directly off a standard USB thumb drive.
While the L1 v2 is slightly larger than the original L1, it still remains the world's smallest 20 lumen pico projector - no larger than a small cell phone, measuring only 4.2" x 2.1" x 1.2" and weighs in at 170 grams (including battery). The L1 v2 projector is much smaller than the traditional "pocket projector". It slips into a pocket or briefcase and comes with a stand, making it fully portable and configurable for maximum presentation flexibility. Additional accessories allow the L1 v2 to connect to Apple iPhone/iPod, Microsoft Zune, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and a wide range of cellphones from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and HTC.
The AAXA L1 v2 is available for pre-order at www.aaxatech.com for $399 and begins shipping December 1, 2010 and will also be available through our fine retail partners.