The $359 AAXA P6X is called pico projector Shown on AAXA’s website, but if you think “pico” means something that fits in a shirt pocket and is not too bright, it may be misleading. The P6X is small enough to fit in a briefcase or backpack, but it’s actually more like an oversized handheld computer. It’s actually a larger, brighter version of the P6X. Kodak Luma 350 or ViewSonic M1 mini. Although AAXA calls it a business projector, it can also be used for casual movies and video watching and even games at home.
The P6X combines an LED light source rated at 1,100 LED lumens with a 1,280×800 DLP chip. It will automatically negotiate a 1080p (1,920×1,080) connection with the PC and the video source, so it can be used for all practical purposes like a 1080p projector, but you want softer focus from 720p.
By definition, the LED lumens rating of an LED projector is higher than its ANSI lumens. The difference is the observation that more saturated colors are brighter than less saturated colors, and the saturated colors produced by LEDs are more saturated than bulb-based projectors. However, there is no established standard for LED lumens, so it is useless for comparison with other projectors. In my tests, the “bright” power setting was close to the 800 ANSI lumens I expected. However, when using the built-in rechargeable battery, the “Brightness” setting is not available, and it limits the power setting to “Standard” (rated power is 1000 LED lumens and life is 90 minutes) and “Eco” (rated power is 400 LED lumens) , Lasts 4 hours).
Portability is an advantage. The P6X measures only 1.85 x 6.25 x 6.2 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.8 pounds (not including the AC adapter), so it can be easily placed in a briefcase or backpack. However, it does not come with a protective cover. You may want a way to avoid scratches.
The front memory card slot can support microSD and TF cards; HDMI and USB Type A 2.0 ports are located on the back. There is no Wi-Fi function. The included remote control is about the size of a credit card, but if the credit card is lost, there is a full set of controls on the top of the projector.
The settings only include aligning the P6X to the screen, connecting the image source and manual focus. There is no zoom, but it is easy to move the projector to adjust the image size. AAXA includes a small tabletop tripod that you can tilt for other adjustments.
I encountered two small troubles. The first is that the focus wheel is located near the HDMI port and directly below it. When reading files from a USB memory key or microSD or TF card, the positioning is not important, but it is difficult to reach the focusing wheel when the HDMI cable is connected. Focusing is still possible, but it is a little inconvenient.
I found the second problem to be annoying, but it can be fixed in the firmware update. The setting of the projector’s position (in front of or behind the screen, right side up or upside down) is always not immune after turning the projector on and off. During the test several times, I had to fumble for the mirror, and sometimes I had to invert the menu to reset it. AAXA said it is aware of this problem and hopes to download the firmware in the near future.
You can use the USB port to charge the phone through the built-in battery, which is an unexpected convenience and helps eliminate inconvenience.
The audio system is an advantage. The onboard 4-watt speaker can provide surprisingly high-quality sound for a projector of this size, and has enough volume to easily fill a small meeting room or a medium-sized family meeting room. There is also a 3.5 mm stereo audio output port.
A lot of black, almost too many colors
The P6X menu provides three predefined picture modes that you cannot modify: “Soft”, “Standard” and “Vivid”. There is also a user mode that allows you to adjust brightness, color saturation, contrast and sharpness.
For text and commercial graphics, P6X provides bright, eye-catching colors in all modes, except for “bright”, which tends to desaturate soft colors, sometimes even turning them white in my tests. The other three modes are suitable for presentations with graphics and text. For photos containing photos, movie clips or videos, “standard” and “user” show the most natural skin tones. Certain colors in each mode are over-saturated and over-bright to the vibrant edges of Day-Glo, but this is more noticeable graphically than in realistic images.
For videos and movies, most people think that the color accuracy of “standard”, “soft” and “user” is acceptable, although occasionally it is necessary to forgive memory colors such as green grass, and not in the realm of realism. Wandering outside. The skin tone accuracy is variable in all modes, so for the particular movie you are watching, you must choose the one that does not bother you the least.
All four modes provide significant levels of deep blacks, as well as good contrast and shadow details (in terms of price). However, the user mode ranks first on this score, and the rendering of particularly demanding dark scenes has a stronger visual impact than most home theater projectors that require $500-$1,000. Does not support HDR or 3D.
In terms of gaming, the input lag time I measured was 33.4ms, which is fast enough for most serious gamers.
Rainbow artifacts are few and short-lived. As with any single-chip projector, if you find these red, green, and blue flashes disturbing, be sure to buy them from a reseller that allows returns without paying the restocking fee so that you can test it yourself.
As mentioned earlier, the image of the P6X at its highest brightness is roughly as bright as I expected a lamp-based projector rated at 800 ANSI lumens. In a dark room, it projects a 16:9 image. On my 90-inch diagonal, 1.0 gain screen, it can be easily displayed bright enough for extended viewing, including watching a full movie. Its brightness is high enough to illuminate an 80-inch screen at night in a family room with the lights on. As daylight flows through the windows, the image is visible, but nothing more. Four hours of battery life can be achieved using Eco mode, and 80-inch images can be viewed with the light turned off or on for a short time, but even when the power is turned off, it is too dark to be viewed for a long time.
Not perfect, but like a lot
AAXA P6X is an impressive small projector. It is larger, heavier and more expensive than ViewSonic M1 mini or Kodak Luma 350, but it is also brighter. Compared with any larger and more expensive projector, it also has more powerful audio, better sound quality and louder volume. Few projectors as portable and cheap as the P6X can provide such bright or viewable images. As long as you don’t need a Wi-Fi connection to mirror the screen of your phone or tablet, and you can tolerate the small problems of focusing and maintaining the projector position settings, P6X is an excellent choice for presentations and watching media on the road at home.
The AAXA P6X Pico projector is light enough for marchers to use, bright enough for presentations in small conference rooms, and equipped with a convenient onboard battery and well-tuned speakers.
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