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AAXA Technologies P4 Pico Projector Review

March 29, 2012
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Throw

The AAXA Technologies P4, like all of the other pico projectors we tested so far, does not have a zoom lens and therefore receives a throw score of zero.

Screen Brightness

Anything larger than a 100-inch screen will be hard to see in most lighting situations, even a dark room. 15 lux is about as bright as the bounce light from an iPhone held two feet from our display screen. You can imagine how well you would be able to see a projected image given this analogy.

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Optical Issues

Mostly, straight lines were projected as straight throughout the image. Many of the picos we tested had bowed lines on one of the edges, and we commend the P4 on keeping it real.

A different optical issue we saw was pixel blur, increasing in severity vertically across this grid from the bottom to the top of the picture. The top left and top right photos, you see below, compared to the bottom ones are significantly more blurry. Also, in the middle you can see where the lines cross there is pixel spillover. What should be a tight picture of two lines connecting, smudges into a halo of brightness at the connections.

Formats

The inability to display many standard formats, both computer and video formats, was irksome. Having to preset your display to the one proper resolution (1024 x 768) to connect with the P4 is a pain. It really limits the possibilities of this pico projector, and what's the point of having something so portable to then be confined to such rigid formats?

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity & Media
  9. Power, Noise & Heat
  10. Optoma Pico PK320 Comparison
  11. Aiptek PocketCinema V50 Comparison
  12. 3M MP225A Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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