AAXA Technologies P4 Pico Projector Review
The AAXA Technologies P4 ($399 MSRP, about $325 on the web) is a pico projector with VGA, composite, and USB connections. It comes loaded with Windows CE, an interface for reading Microsoft documents.
This conclusion requires us to use our imagination. Let's say Bob (generic business man) goes into a meeting with the AAXA Technologies P4. Bob shows up confident because he has a special little gadget that will facilitate his presentation and make him look like a savvy, tech-forward guy. "Hi," Bob says, "I'm going to show you why you should buy/subsidize/sell product X, with this presentation. Give me one second to plug the AAXA Technologies P4 in to my computer. Oh, I need to set the resolution to the only resolution this projector can take. I need to unplug everything, then reset the resolution on my computer first, and replug everything. Hmm, it's hard to see the projection on the wall, it's very dim (low peak brightness), I'll just adjust the brightness in the menu system, this will only take a minute. (Two minutes later) Sorry that took so long, these menus don't make any sense! That's weird, adjusting the brightness up has made the projection even dimmer, I'm just going to turn it off and it will reset so that we can just live with that rather dim projection from before. Yes, it seems that it won't turn off on it's own, but I no longer have a projection. It now lives in some crazy limbo state where nothing can be controlled. But it sure does make a hefty buzzing noise! We can do this without the presentation. Where was I? I'm sorry what were you saying? I was distracted by the buzzing. Don't worry about that, it will turn off in a couple hours."
And then there's Scenario B: Bob puts the documents he needs directly onto the internal memory and tries to launch them using the Windows CE desktop interface, because he, unlike the first Bob, wants to be prepared for tomorrow's big meeting. Somehow, and we are not sure how exactly, Bob, without the knowledge that "it is very easy to damage" his projector in this manner, defiles the P4 until it is incapacitated. There is no technical support to help him recover his $400 device that is now useless.
Don't let this happen to you. This is one of the worst products we have handled in a long time, and we apply this statement across the Reviewed.com network of sites. The AAXA Technologies P4 is appealing in the store because it comes with a nice set of included accessories that the other picos do not, and it would be hard to know that Windows CE is really just the hidden cyanide pill of smaller devices, rather than a respected, brand name interface. We have reviewed a couple of other pico projectors that we found very usable and more than adequate, some for less money even.
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