AAXA MP-300-03 LED Android Pico/Micro Projector with LED, Android OS, Wifi, Bluetooth, WXGA 1280x800 Resolution, HDMI, VGA
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The LED Android 4.2 Smart Pico Projector The Android 4.2 Smart Pico Projector allows you to access over 1 million apps on the Google Play Store. At the heart of this projector is a next generation LED
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It's worth noting that the remote is a piece of crap. Very unresponsive and very nearly unusable (especially because of the nature of a projector, you have to stand up and point the remote behind you at the device instead of at the screen). I strongly recommend plugging in a wireless mouse to the USB port, which I did immediately. You could also use a Bluetooth mouse/keyboard. The device only has 1 full sized USB port, so a USB hub is basically mandatory if you want to both use a mouse and a flash drive for moving media around.
The built-in speakers aren't as terrible as I was expecting them to be, but I connect it via Bluetooth to a soundbar. Very easy.
The Android OS on it is similar to a tablet or phone's and very easy to use. It was also easy to set up an app for wireless streaming of HD videos from my computer to the projector over a Wifi (or 3g-4g) network. With a little bit of work I was able to access my entire media library on my PC from anywhere with this device on any wireless network.
When it shipped to me, it was missing a tripod which in the description said was included. I called Amazon and they overnight shipped me a third-party tripod that is almost assuredly better than the generic one that should have arrived with it. Thanks Amazon!
All in all it's an awesome device. Very glad I bought this instead of a new TV. I wish I could rate it 4 and a half stars, because the crappy remote and lack of USB ports aren't really a huge deal, but they do (in a very minor way) detract from the device's functionality.
The stereo in my car is Bluetooth also, so I'm thinking about taking this thing with me and turning the first big wall I find in an outdoor space into my own drive-in movie theater.
The device itself is very good. The quality of the image is great too, and with the some minor image and colour tweaking you can get a pretty good picture. Having 2 USB ports is also very handy. One is full size USB and the other is a mini USB port, but a converter from mini to full size was also included, so it makes it very versatile. I have connected a mouse for use alongside a 1TB HDD via USB for access to my movie files, photos, music etc, and I've even connected my PC via USB; it all works. I purchased a HDMI cable and a really cheap Digital TV Set Top box and now I can watch regular free-to air TV on the projector via HDMI, wherever I have a TV antenna connection for the Set Top Box. Super cool. There is also a standard VGA connector for those of you with older laptops, so it's completely versatile.
The in-built sound of the projector is not very loud. So it's best to either connect portable blue-tooth speakers, your PC speakers, or HI-Fi Amp for ultimate sound. You can run a standard 3.5mm male to male stereo cable from it's headphone jack to any suitable device and then turn it up, that's what I do, and it's brilliant.
The image itself is actually pretty sharp across the frame, although I tend to get a slight soft spot in the middle down the bottom whilst the rest of the frame is sharp, I can tweak the focus wheel ever so slightly to bring the entire frame into sharpness, (it's very sensitive) but I think it's then off, just a tad. So am a wee bit disappointed about this, although it might just be my product. I'm concerned about having to send it all the way back to Amazon in the USA for one small factor, so for me it's probably not worth the hassle and I can live with it and don't even notice when sitting 3-4 metres from the projected image anyway.
The remote control that comes with it is rubbish, only because it's very small, plastic-like and the buttons are not very ergonomic. Of course it works fine, when you press hard and point it right into the view of the projector or the rear, but it's not very user friendly. You'll see what I mean; not a ball-breaker, just a pain :-)
You won't need to use the buttons on the top of the projector at all, so long as you connect a mouse. You'll then drive everything on screen with the mouse. With a normal phone or tablet, there's usually a 'back' button, to go backwards or exit apps etc, this is the "right click" button on your mouse when using the projector. So to navigate and move forward, always left click; and then to go back a step or exit an app, use the right click. Also, if you have a mouse with a wheel on it, to zoom in you would click the wheel button down and scroll in or out at the same time with the wheel. A little fiddly, but it works. Good for Google maps viewing etc, or zooming in on pics or websites.
From another user's review, I too went straight to the Google Play market and downloaded the Nova Launcher Home Screen App, which basically just allows you to boot the projector using a different home screen, allowing you to set up the complete feel for the projector right from the opening screen. This is relevant if you prefer not to use the standard home/welcome screen that comes with the projector, as it does look and feel a little tacky. It's perfect for the APP savvy android users who just want to put apps on their home screen for easy access, like YouTube, Facebook, Skype etc etc, just like you would on your personal tablet or mobile phone. Completely customisable. Which reminds me, I haven't yet tested a real Skype call with it, but will do soon. I've read that Webcams do work with it, just by utilising one of the USB ports for the cam. I have installed Skype and the app does work though.
You'll find when installing apps, the device acts basically like a mobile phone or a tablet. So when viewing Facebook or Youtube etc, you'll be familiar with that app's layout from your phone. Also, not all apps work with the device, some apps just aren't tablet-formatted so you'll either have to manually install them from the device's Explorer via an .apk file, and see if they work, or just do without. I've installed a few apps manually via an .apk file install and they do work, so that was lucky, I guess it just depends on the APP of course.
One thing to keep in mind however is that the storage on the device can fill up quite quickly and slow the machine down with the more apps you install, so it's handy to remember to move certain apps onto the internal flash drive which frees up the main processing drive when using the android platform. (of course there is no delay when you are using the device to project an image stand-alone, only when using the internal android platform). You'll see when you go into the storage setting and view how they've set it up. You can also go into the device settings and view all your apps and move them manually etc, and the settings menu itself is very similar to what you'd expect on a mobile phone or tablet. You can also access Wi-Fi and all blue tooth devices, control alarms and set up your email settings and link accounts etc, standard android stuff.
The device also has an internal media player for movies, photos and music etc, but naturally you can go to the Google Play market and install your own favourite player. There is also a media hub, which when you connect your PC via USB to the device, you can access your PC media files, so long as you share an appropriate folder on your PC where you store things. So if you regularly keep movies or music on your PC or elsewhere, you can connect that device over USB to stream these files onto the projector.
Another cool thing is the keystone feature with projector, perfect for when you want to move the projector from your study/living room into your bedroom; when you want to project the image onto the ceiling whilst lying on your bed. The projector gives you vertical and horizontal image flip options and allows you to keep the image straight and level all the time.
I've noticed the option to boost the lumen capacity for 60 minutes only, but to be honest, I haven't really noticed too much of a difference in brightness when I run it, so I run mine in standard mode all the time, and like I said, even in a semi dark room, it's honestly bright enough.
One down side is definitely the fan-noise coming from the device, it hums at a nice level, but it's quite noticeable. I think the more you use the projector, the more you will get used to it, but in silent spots during movies etc, you can hear it and you'll become more aware of it. Again, not a ball-breaker, just an observation.
Overall I'm very happy with the projector. Whilst it is my first one and I don't really have anything else to compare it against, it certainly suits my needs. I like it to watch free-to-air tv. I can watch movies from my portable HDD, USB sticks or even PC when connected, I can listen to music on it, also stream music from Soundcloud or Spotify if need be, I can connect my GoPro and other media devices to play straight from them too, I can connect blue-tooth speakers or hard connect via 3.5mm stereo cable, and I can use the complete Android Suite over Wi-Fi to view all my favourite apps, like YouTube, Facebook browsing, email etc. The dual USB ports are super handy with HDMI and standard VGA, it's so versatile. It's small, very light and easy to just unplug and go if you want to take it to a friends house, a different room even, or maybe a road-trip. It has a standard tripod connection on the underside so it works well anywhere you need to stand it. Very handy.
I can definitely recommend this to anyone looking for similar features as me. Enjoy!