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Google And ASUS Launch The $85 Chromebit, A Chrome OS Desktop On An HDMI Stick

DSC04017 Earlier this year, Google and ASUS announced the Chromebit — a full Chrome OS-based computer on an HDMI stick. Today, the two companies are officially launching this new way of using Chrome OS on any screen with an HDMI port. The $85 Chromebit is a 75 gram (or 2.6 ounces) stick that you can plug into any HDMI port — whether that’s a regular computer screen or that large TV… Read More

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Frederic Lardinois

November 17th

Gadgets

Review: Sony’s MP-CL1 updates a proven HD pico projector with a thin, Apple-friendly shell

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I knew Celluon had something special on its hands when I reviewed the $349 pocket-sized video projector PicoPro earlier this year: the Korean company known for laser-projecting keyboards released an iPhone 6 Plus-sized HD projector, capable of simulating a TV using lasers, a speaker, and a rechargeable battery. PicoPro’s projection system was MicroVision-developed and laser-sharp, requiring no manual focus knob — an advantage over rival projectors such as the otherwise more powerful AAXA P700 and ST200, which I subsequently reviewed and liked.

This week, Sony is entering the pico projector market with MP-CL1 ($350), which uses the same MicroVision laser projector found in PicoPro. Sporting the same 1920×720 resolution and putative 32-lumen brightness/80,000:1 contrast ratio as PicoPro, MP-CL1 promises to create a 40-inch TV image at 4-foot distances, an 80-inch image at 8-foot distances, or a (very dim) 120-inch image at 12-foot distances. Sony has pitched it as a “take it anywhere” big screen display for the iPad, iPhone, and PlayStation 4; it’s equally viable for Apple TVs and HDMI-ready Macs. So which is the better value: MP-CL1 or PicoPro?…

Key Details:

  • 1920×720 video projector similar in size to an iPhone 6/6s Plus
  • Uses same MicroVision-built laser projection engine as Celluon’s PicoPro, tuned a little better
  • Fully HDMI-compatible with Apple TV, Mac, iOS devices
  • Roughly 3 hrs of video playback

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Looking solely at the actual projector units, Sony’s MP-CL1 and Celluon’s PicoPro have a lot more in common than not, and even where they diverge, they’re pretty similar. For instance, MP-CL1 measures 5.9″ by 3″ by 0.51″, while PicoPro measures 5.9″ by 2.9″ by 0.55″ — just barely thicker and narrower. Sony’s matte-finished aluminum-bodied unit weighs 7.4 ounces and Celluon’s glossy plastic PicoPro is around 6.4 ounces, a weight difference that isn’t practically noticeable. MP-CL1’s minimalist metal chassis is more timeless than PicoPro’s pleasant but decidedly plasticky design; if I had to pick just one projector solely on overall look and feel, I’d go with Sony’s.

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Sony also has the better port and control array. Everything is lined up on MP-CL1’s right side, starting with a reinforced wriststrap hole, a micro-USB charging port, a power button, a three-position volume/menu navigation toggle, a mini-HDMI (MHL) port, a 3.5mm headphone port, and a full-sized USB port that can be used to share the projector’s battery with a USB device. Unlike PicoPro, there are no wonky capacitive surfaces or color-coded lights to worry about; MP-CL1 is really cleanly-designed.

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However, Celluon wins on pack-ins. Sony includes a detachable stand, a USB to micro-USB charging cable, and an MHL HDMI to HDMI adapter. Celluon doesn’t include a stand, but bundles in a wall adapter — not found in MP-CL1’s box — plus a USB cable, HDMI cable, MHL to HDMI adapter, and soft carrying bag. While Sony’s bundled stand makes MP-CL1 easier to prop up, a non-trivial advantage, Celluon’s set makes PicoPro easier to charge, carry around, and immediately start connecting to certain Apple devices.

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Both units feature wired and wireless connectivity interfaces, though Apple users only have the option of using the wired HDMI port — not integrated Wi-Fi, supported by some Android devices. If you’re connecting an Apple TV or any Mac with an HDMI output, all you need is a self-supplied HDMI cable, but iOS devices will also require Apple’s Lightning Digital AV Adapter, sold separately. Additionally, although Sony includes a larger 3,400mAh battery (PicoPro’s is 3,140mAh), their continuous HDMI video playback time was virtually identical: MP-CL1 ran for 2 hours and 58 minutes of continuous video playback time at its full audio volume, versus the “just under 3 hours” I reported when testing PicoPro.

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Another point of commonality is sound output. Like Celluon, Sony includes a small speaker, and it’s adequate for listening to the audio portion of videos. Monaural and frequency limited, it’s just a hair less powerful than the speakers built into the iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 6s Plus, and a little more powerful than PicoPro’s, which is to say that it’s capable of being heard clearly in a quiet room, but not phenomenal. The biggest advantage both projectors have over non-laser rivals is their fanless designs, which enable their speakers to perform without competition from a loud adjacent source of noise. If you need more sonic power or clarity, the 3.5mm audio port lets you attach self-supplied speakers or headphones of your choice.

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As a video projector, MP-CL1 is very similar to PicoPro, defying conventional wisdom as to a 32-lumen projector’s capabilities without presenting a challenge on raw light output. In a room with no ambient light, MP-CL1 can create a very watchable, colorful image ranging from around 6 inches to 80 inches in size, though as with all projectors, the light really begins to fall off at the upper end of that range, and pushing it further to its 120-inch limit isn’t advisable. The unconventional (and PicoPro-matching) 1920×720 resolution isn’t quite 1080p “full HD,” but there are enough pixels here to display reasonably sharp videos, text, and computer output; an iPad, iPhone, or Mac UI can be read without issues. Just as was the case with PicoPro, MP-CL1 presents images with a faint but noticeable sparkle that looks a little like grain in these screenshots.

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This doesn’t mean that the two units are completely the same in video quality. Although this comparison image doesn’t show it perfectly, MP-CL1 (shown right, above) received a small but valuable color tweak from Sony, reducing (but not eliminating) PicoPro’s (left, above) slightly blue-green color balance. MP-CL1’s white balance is a little closer to white, though still visibly aqua-tinted in person. You can play somewhat with the contrast, hue, and saturation, as well as separate optical and biphase alignment, but Sony’s default settings are about as good as you should expect from MP-CL1. There’s no toggle to adjust brightness, which is — just like PicoPro — hard to measure by conventional lumen standards, as the unit’s laser-lit points are very bright; my ST200 review discusses the real-world differences you can expect versus a larger but similarly-priced conventional projector.

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Two things that make MP-CL1 (and PicoPro) special are the zero-focus projection and quick keystoning adjustments. MicroVision’s projection engine automatically projects perfectly sharp images regardless of its distance from a wall, a major setup and usability advantage over rival pico projectors where manual knob turning is required to achieve sharpness. Additionally, MP-CL1 has two (fully working) keystoning presets and manual keystone adjustments so you can make its projections rectangular rather than trapezoidal. Even relying solely on the very basic included stand, MP-CL1 does a good job of displaying appropriately boxy rather than distorted videos.

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Overall, MP-CL1 is a very nice pocket-sized video projector, and on balance, a little better than the earlier-to-market, same-priced PicoPro: between its video tweaks and metal chassis, it has modestly better performance and design on its side, even if its threadbare pack-ins leave some things to be desired. By contrast with bigger projectors, MP-CL1’s ability to operate nearly silently, without fan noise, is an advantage that helps Sony make the most of its battery life, size, and audio output. If you’re interested in a very small, low-configuration video projector capable of creating a good, reasonably-sized TV facsimile, MP-CL1’s worth considering. Those seeking huge displays and more lighting horsepower will need to accept considerably larger projectors to achieve bigger, brighter results.

Manufacturer:
Sony
Price:
$350
Compatibility:
Apple TVs, HDMI Macs, iOS Devices* (with Lightning adapter)

Filed under: Apple TV, iOS Devices, Mac, Reviews Tagged: hd projector, HDMI, MP-CL1, pico projector, pocket-sized, projector, Sony

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Jeremy Horwitz

October 15th

Apple

Mac

New Apple TV has 2 GB RAM, included 802.11ac WiFi is faster than its Ethernet port

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On Apple’s public specs page, it says that the new Apple TV includes an A8 chip and that’s about it in terms of the bundled SoC. However, Apple’s developer documentation goes into more detail specifically listing the hardware as having 2 GB RAM (via Steve Troughton-Smith). This means the internals are actually better than the A8 in the iPhone 6 and latest-generation iPod touch, which only have 1 GB of RAM.

These are the specs Apple lists in the developer documentation:

The new Apple TV has the following hardware specifications:

64-bit A8 processor

32GB or 64GB of storage

2GB of RAM

10/100Mbps Ethernet

WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

1080p resolution

HDMI

New Siri Remote / Apple TV Remote

The upgraded RAM will help the Apple TV with improved video caching as well as overall better performance playing games, opening apps and navigating the interface. Apple has likely made an exception to the norm and informed developers about the different RAM specifications so they don’t wrongly extrapolate assumptions from the A8 in other Apple devices.

Also, rather amusingly, the new Apple TV still lacks gigabit ethernet. Whilst the internal WiFi has been upgraded to 802.11ac, the internal Ethernet is unchanged and maxes out at 100 megabits. This means if you want the best reliability for streaming, you should actually use the latest WiFi to get connected rather than plugging in a cable.

Interestingly, the new Apple TV has an internal identifier of 5,3. The last public Apple TV was 3,2 indicating a fair few internal revisions took place before they settled on this iteration of hardware.

Some Apple TV owners may be disappointed that Apple has removed the optical audio port in this version. Audio is now only sent over the HDMI cable along with the video. If you relied on the optical audio jack, you are now effectively out of luck if you want to buy the new model … unless you buy a splitter box that converts HDMI into HDMI and optical output.

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Benjamin Mayo

September 9th

Apple

Mac

Raspberry Pi Now Makes A Touchscreen Display So You Can Build Your Own PiPad Pro

front-centred So you decided to stick to the Raspberry Pi architecture and have completely eschewed the Orange Pi? Good for you. In honor of your decision I offer a new $60 Raspberry Pi touchscreen that can turn your single board computer into a fun-sized multi-touch tablet. The officially licensed product connects to the RaspPi’s DSI and DPI connectors to avoid using the precious HDMI connector and… Read More

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John Biggs

September 8th

Gadgets

Latest MacBook hub on Kickstarter is the neatest yet, with form-fitting design

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Ever since Apple launched the single-port 12-inch MacBook, we’ve seen a flurry of companies offering to add the missing ports back in through various adapters, hubsdocks and more. Latest to the party is Branch, a Kickstarter project whose USP is its ‘form-fitted’ shape, which is naturally available in each of the three MacBook colors.

The emphasis here is on packing the essentials into an extremely portable unit, providing USB-C pass-through, two USB 3.0 ports and one Mini Display port capable of driving a 4K monitor. The company had originally pitched with HDMI (shown above), but said that it has switched to Mini DisplayPort following feedback from Kickstarter users … 

You also have the option of 64GB of embedded flash storage, to extend the storage capacity of your MacBook through a slightly longer model.

The company’s claim that the hub “looks like it belongs on your Macbook” is something of an exaggeration. It still looks to me like a kludge, and I do have to raise an eyebrow at the sense or otherwise of buying a single-port MacBook only to bolt onto it something like this, but I guess the argument is you’ll add it when you need it.

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At the time of writing, there are still Early Bird Specials for $59, and the company will throw in a Mini Display to HDMI adapter. Once those are gone, it will be available for $69, still saving $79 on the planned retail price. The Branch 64 model, with 64GB of embedded storage, costs $119 on Kickstarter, saving $20 on the retail price.

Shipping is scheduled for July and August for the standard and extended storage models respectively. You can back the project here.

If you’re still wondering whether the 12-inch MacBook is for you, check out our review.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, 12-inch MacBook adapter, 12-inch MacBook dock, 12-inch MacBook hub, HDMI, MacBook, Universal Serial Bus, USB 3.0, USB-C, USB-C adapter, USB-C Dock, USB-C hub

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Ben Lovejoy

June 29th

Apple

Mac

Latest MacBook hub on Kickstarter is the neatest yet, with form-fitting design

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Ever since Apple launched the single-port 12-inch MacBook, we’ve seen a flurry of companies offering to add the missing ports back in through various adapters, hubsdocks and more. Latest to the party is Branch, a Kickstarter project whose USP is its ‘form-fitted’ shape, which is naturally available in each of the three MacBook colors.

The emphasis here is on packing the essentials into an extremely portable unit, providing USB-C pass-through, two USB 3.0 ports and one Mini Display port capable of driving a 4K monitor. The company had originally pitched with HDMI (shown above), but said that it has switched to Mini DisplayPort following feedback from Kickstarter users … 

You also have the option of 64GB of embedded flash storage, to extend the storage capacity of your MacBook through a slightly longer model.

The company’s claim that the hub “looks like it belongs on your Macbook” is something of an exaggeration. It still looks to me like a kludge, and I do have to raise an eyebrow at the sense or otherwise of buying a single-port MacBook only to bolt onto it something like this, but I guess the argument is you’ll add it when you need it.

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At the time of writing, there are still Early Bird Specials for $59, and the company will throw in a Mini Display to HDMI adapter. Once those are gone, it will be available for $69, still saving $79 on the planned retail price. The Branch 64 model, with 64GB of embedded storage, costs $119 on Kickstarter, saving $20 on the retail price.

Shipping is scheduled for July and August for the standard and extended storage models respectively. You can back the project here.

If you’re still wondering whether the 12-inch MacBook is for you, check out our review.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, 12-inch MacBook adapter, 12-inch MacBook dock, 12-inch MacBook hub, HDMI, MacBook, Universal Serial Bus, USB 3.0, USB-C, USB-C adapter, USB-C Dock, USB-C hub

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Ben Lovejoy

June 29th

Apple

Mac

OWC’s upcoming MacBook USB-C desktop dock provides 10 ports in one color-matched unit

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The 12-inch MacBook is the ultimate portable Mac, but that single USB-C port feels a lot less convenient when you want to connect to a bunch of devices at home or in the office. We covered a $79 portable hub yesterday, and now OWC has announced its $129 desktop model, available for pre-order today for delivery in October.

Available in silver, space gray and gold, to match your MacBook, the OWC USB-C Dock provides a total of 10 ports in a unit designed to remain on your desk, allowing you to instantly connect and disconnect via a single USB-C cable … 

Unlike the Hub+, the OWC dock provides Gigabit Ethernet and audio in/out, as well as built-in HDMI, supporting 4K displays.

  • 4 USB 3 Type-A ports
  • 1 USB 3 Type-C port
  • SD card reader
  • HDMI with 4K display support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Audio in and out ports

OWC claims 11 ports, but includes the connection to the MacBook.

The dock comes with an 80w power supply capable of charging your MacBook as well as all attached USB devices.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, docking station, Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, MacBook, OWC, OWC USB-C Dock, Secure Digital, Universal Serial Bus, USB-C, USB-C Dock, USB-C hub

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Ben Lovejoy

June 9th

Apple

Mac

Hub+ Kickstarter project providing neat hub solution for 12-inch MacBook owners hits $670k

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A neat hub designed to provide 12-inch MacBook owners with a useful way to connect existing devices has just hit $670k on Kickstarter – somewhat in excess of its modest $35,000 goal.

The Hub+ plugs into the single USB-C port of the MacBook and turns that into two USB-C ports, 3 conventional USB-A sockets, a mini DisplayPort and an SDXC card slot. The sleek device offers a choice of silver, space gray and gold to match your MacBook … 

Backing the project lets you reserve a Hub+ for $79, saving $20 on the planned retail price. Some reward levels also offer mini adapters for USB-A and HDMI. You get a choice of a 9mm thick device with just the ports, or a 13mm version with a built-in battery capable of providing a bit of extra power to your MacBook, or charging an iPhone or other USB-charged device when used on its own.

There’s no Ethernet port, so if your WiFi connection isn’t fast enough, you’ll still need a separate adapter for that – like the Kanex one we recently reviewed. SanDisk also has a neat USB key with dual -A and -C connectors.

It’s looking likely that USB-C will become a standard port across the Mac range after Intel announced that it was adopting the connector for Thunderbolt 3.


Filed under: Mac Tagged: 12-inch MacBook, DisplayPort, HDMI, Kickstarter, MacBook, Mini DisplayPort, Secure Digital, Universal Serial Bus, USB hub, USB-C

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Ben Lovejoy

June 8th

Apple

Mac

Intel’s Cheap Windows PC TV Dongle Is About To Get Way Better 

Cramming a full Windows PC inside of a cheap, $150 HDMI dongle sounds like a great idea—but Intel’s first attempt really fell flat. The Intel Compute Stick was underpowered, frustrating, and failed to live up to the hype. It wasn’t good enough to be a do-everything PC that fits in your pocket. No sweat: a leaked Intel roadmap shows how it’s going to get a lot better.

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Sean Buckley

June 3rd

Uncategorized

Review: AAXA’s ST200 LED Pico Projector beams bright, color-accurate HD video from an Apple TV-sized box

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Even though I’ve had a fair bit of experience with video projectors, I took Celluon’s PicoPro somewhat for granted when I reviewed it this January. I praised the pocket-sized projector, which squeezed a 720p laser video display and speaker into the footprint of an iPhone 6 Plus, but I didn’t triple-underscore how much easier it was to use than most of its rivals. PicoPro worked so well and so quietly with such little effort that I hardly thought about it.

AAXA’s ST200 Short Throw LED Pico Projector ($299) is the newest of the traditional projectors PicoPro is challenging. It has roughly the same footprint and 1280×720 resolution as PicoPro, but it’s around 2.5 times thicker, since it uses a lightbulb-illuminated LED projection engine — just like almost every other projector on the market. There’s an audible fan inside, and because ST200 needs to power that fan and the lightbulb, it can’t match PicoPro in battery life. It also requires more manual user adjustment when you’re setting it up.

But ST200 is a markedly better video projector and audio device when judged on raw output quality, and less expensive, besides. If you’re looking for a compact way to display 720p video from an Apple TV, Mac, or iOS device at up to a 100″ diagonal size, ST200 delivers brighter, more color-accurate video output than PicoPro, more powerful speaker output, and — if you appreciate this — many more settings to play with. Read on for the details…

Key Details:

  • 1280×720, 150-Lumens output for 10″ to 100″ video displays (the latter only in dim light)
  • Macs/Apple TVs need HDMI cable, Digital AV Adapter for iOS
  • Very good video quality, acceptable audio quality, weak battery life given size
  • A little larger than an Apple TV; similar to iPhone 6 Plus footprint
  • Promises 15,000hrs of light life

 

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ST200 is a lot fancier than AAXA’s old iPhone 3G-sized P1 Pico projector, but it starts with the same basic components: a projector, a wall power adapter, and a composite video cable — assuming anyone still needs one of those. The projector’s larger, measuring 5.6″ by 3.1″ by 1.4″, and coated in white soft touch rubber rather than black glossy plastic; it consumes a bit more volume than an Apple TV, but they’re not terribly dissimilar in size. ST200’s wall adapter will require another roughly 3″ by 1.75″ by 2″ (maximum) space in your bag or briefcase.

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AAXA also includes a VGA cable, a remote control, and a tripod, leaving Apple users to self supply at least an HDMI cable (for both Macs and iOS devices), if not also the Lightning Digital AV Adapter needed by iOS users. Unlike PicoPro, which has the ability to wirelessly stream from non-iOS devices, ST200 requires cables for almost everything, and the cables it includes aren’t very useful.

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The included VGA cable connects on one of ST200’s sides to the compact VGA port, which sits between a micro-SD card slot and a DC port for wall power. ST200 can run off of the included adapter, or a battery that’s inside; a small on-off switch on the edge manages all power for the unit. If you have a micro-SD card, you can store content on it and play it back directly through ST200 without assistance.

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A USB port on the back can be used with flash drives for the same purpose, while an AV port connects to the old composite video cable if you still have pre-HD video devices with red, yellow, and white RCA-style connectors. A 3.5mm audio port provides pass-through audio output if you’d like to use headphones or speakers, and a full-sized HDMI port connects to high-definition A/V sources — everything from Apple TVs and computers to iOS devices and game consoles. Vents on ST200’s back and sides are for fan and speaker output.

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The most obvious differences between ST200 and PicoPro are in AAXA’s comparatively huge array of controls. In addition to the on/off switch, ST200 has a focus adjustment knob, a sleep mode-like power button, navigation controls, and buttons with OK, four-box, and back arrow labels. Confusingly, pressing the four-box button lets you select the video input, while the back arrow button takes you to the media selection and settings menu below. You can display videos, photos, music or documents directly from this screen, or select a video output.

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Some of ST200’s settings are in the gear menu shown here, while others are built into the remote control: that’s where you’ll find keystoning buttons, volume and mute buttons, play/pause and scrubbing controls for the on-board media, and a video input select button. As it’s an Infrared remote, you’re limited to line-of-sight control of the ST200.

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Diving into the on-screen menus lets you manually adjust the contrast, brightness, color, sharpness, and tint, change red/green/blue levels individually, toggle between multiple aspect ratios, and set up ST200 in front/behind/inverted front/inverted behind projection modes. PicoPro has virtually none of these controls, since Celluon has eliminated them in favor of “it just works” execution. But there are obviously benefits and consequences to having granular user settings.

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After using PicoPro, as well as some small projectors with automatic keystone adjustment capabilities, one of the first things I noticed when setting up ST200 was that it actually requires use of both its manual front focus dial and remote control keystoning buttons. When it arrived, the picture was so profoundly trapezoidal that I thought the unit was broken, but I found that it had been set to +40 (versus 0 or -40) on its angle-adjusting projection scale. Zeroing it out made things much better.

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ST200’s video quality is really quite good. The image shown above is an approximately 22″ diagonal screen size, using a challenging black background in dim lighting. Using the manual focus knob, it’s possible to see the pixel-level detail in videos, photos, and even Mac, Apple TV, or iOS UIs. And unlike some devices, where the “settings” are just there to let you diminish the default, ideally-tuned parameters, playing with the brightness or colors on ST200 actually does optimize them for your current lighting and distance conditions. AAXA promises that ST200’s LED lights will last for 15,000 hours of use, better than many small projectors.

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On the other hand, I found AAXA’s included tripod to be incapable of perfectly level use — almost not worth even having in the box — and the unit’s inability to even slightly auto-adjust to its orientation or distance from a wall meant that manual tweaking was always necessary. If you plan to use ST200 as a “set it and forget it” projector, just choosing one stationary place to always use it, the setup process will be a modest one-time nuisance. But if you plan to take it on the road, expect to do some fidgeting to make everything look great.

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The good news: if you take that extra time, ST200 will indeed look better than PicoPro — probably much better. Not only does it project a much larger image at the same distance as PicoPro, ST200’s image is also visibly more color accurate even before you start playing with its settings. I noted in PicoPro’s review that the laser-based projection system had a slightly greenish-blue tint and tendency to sparkle on whatever surface it was projected upon; both issues are absent on ST200. ST200 also has a markedly louder built-in speaker that’s better able to audibly render the audio content in movies, though it’s susceptible to distortion at higher volumes, not well-suited to music, and needs to compete with the projector’s audible built-in fan.

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Due to their differing projection systems, it’s not fair to rely upon the numbers to compare PicoPro’s 30-Lumens, 80,000:1 contrast output to ST200’s 150-Lumens, 2,000:1 contrast output. You can see ST200 on the left in the image below, with PicoPro on the right. The real-world differences in contrast are not pronounced, and similarly, the Lumens (brightness level of brightest light) isn’t as strongly in ST200’s favor as the numbers might seem. In short, they offer virtually indistinguishable clarity, with very similar brightness and contrast at similar distances, but ST200 puts out a much larger and more color-accurate image. If I was only picking one on image quality, it would certainly be ST200.

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Battery life is another story: the smaller PicoPro absolutely destroys ST200 when they’re both running off of their internal batteries. Celluon promised 3.5 hours of run time and actually delivered 3, which is not bad for a projector that’s only twice as thick as current iPhones. AAXA promises 1 hour of run time and actually delivers a meager 36 minutes — at least, on medium brightness settings — even though there should be more room in the thicker enclosure for a higher-capacity cell. For this reason, I would be hesitant to even describe ST200 as capable of operating as a fully portable unit; you should really carry the wall adapter around except for brief untethered use.

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Every pico projector requires compromises, and ST200’s are obvious: you get the benefits of a relatively large, bright picture with 720p resolution and good audio, assuming that you’re willing to make manual adjustments to optimize the video, live with a bit of fan noise, and typically carry around a wall adapter. In short, ST200 isn’t as portable or versatile as PicoPro, but it’s better at its core tasks. As PicoPro’s $50 more expensive, the pick that’s right for your needs will depend on the specific features you value.

Manufacturer:
AAXA
Price:
$299
Compatibility:
All iPads, iPhones, iPod touches, Apple TVs, HDMI/VGA Macs

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Jeremy Horwitz

May 3rd

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