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Short Throw Projectors, Short Throw Projector Lenses, and the Pros and Cons of a Short Throw Projector

There are two major types of short throw projectors – that of short throw and that of ultra short throw.

Short throw projectors are projectors that typically have a throw ratio of between 0.4 and 1.0 whereas ultra short throw typically have a projector throw ratio of between 0.15 to 0.4.  They’re a little bit different in design.

What is projector throw ratio?

The projector throw ratio is the distance from the projector divided by the horizontal size of the screen.  For example, if a projector is 100” from the screen and the screen size is 40” then the throw ratio of this projector is 2.5. 

Separately if a projector is just 50” from the screen size is 100” then this projector has a throw ratio of 0.5 making it a short throw projector.

How is projector short throw achieved?

For short-throw projectors, the short throw project uses a lens design that allows a much larger image.  This is similar to a camera’s “wide angle lens” where a short focus distance allows a larger field of view.  The same is true for projectors.  Generally speaking short-throw optics are more expensive to produce because the lenses need to be larger, the curvature greater, and the precision higher. 

What are the benefits of a short throw lens?

A short throw lens allows the projector to be closer to the screen compared to a standard-throw projector.  In other words, for a fixed distance the image is much larger on a short throw projector.  This is very useful when one’s space is limited, and where one wants to avoid walking in front of the projected image – such as in a ceiling mounted classroom environment.

What are the negatives of a short throw lens?

Generally speaking, there are three downsides to a short throw projectors.  One the brightness of a short throw system is typically lower than its standard throw counterpart – sometimes up to 20% less.  Two the short throw lens is more expensive – adding additional cost to the entire projector.  Third a short throw lens is typically larger than a standard throw lens, making the projector larger.

What is an Ultra-Short throw Projector?

An ultra short throw projector is a projector featuring a throw ratio of less than 0.40.  Today current technology allows for the manufacturing of ultra-short throw projectors up to 0.15 throw ratio.  Meaning one can project a 100” width (~115” screen size!) at just 15” from the screen!  This is typically the throw ratio found in the latest “projection TVs”.  The ultra-short-throw projector is a little bit different from the standard short throw projector as typically the ultra-short throw relies on a mirror and lens system to achieve such ultra short throws.

What are the benefits of an ultra short throw projector?

An ultra-short throw projector allows the projector to be very close to the screen compared to a standard-throw projector.  In other words, one can usually mount the projector right up against the wall without fear of having the image blocked by someone walking by.  Additionally with a little bit of room the projected image can become very large (dark areas needed!).

 What are the negatives of an ultra-short-throw projector?

Generally speaking, there are four downsides to ultra-short throw projectors.  One the brightness of an ultra-short throw system is typically lower than its standard throw counterpart – sometimes up to 35% less.  Two the ultra-short throw lens sets are quite expensive – adding additional cost to the entire projector.  Third an ultra-short-throw lens is typically larger than a standard throw lens, making the projector larger.  Finally, an ultra-short-throw lens is very sensitive to image distortion.  Care must be taken in lens-set production and lens-set installation.  With bad designs sustained vibration or thermal warping can permanently distort the image as some competitors have experienced in the recent past.

How to Choose Your First Short Throw Projector

In today’s blog, we will talk about short throw projector. Choosing a projector can be a difficult decision when you are a first timer because you have to learn about projectors’ features such as brightness (lumen), contrast ratio, resolution, throw ratio, and so on. When shopping for a projector, one of the most important decisions that you have to make is picking between short throw or long throw. So, what is a throw ratio? The throw ratio is the relation between the throw distance and the width if the projected image. In short, the smaller the throw ratio, the larger the image that a projector will project at a shorter distance. A short throw projector has a throw ratio between 0.4 – 1, and the ultra-short throw has a throw ratio between 0.1 – 0.4.

Pros and cons of short throw projector.

Pros: When you are in a small space area, a short throw projector will come in handy as it will save you more space than a long throw projector. Its ability to project much larger image will be great to replace your regular TV.

Cons: There are some disadvantages of a short throw projector. Cost is one of them, a short throw projector tends to be more expensive. And brightness is also an issue because projectors can’t go as bright as a TV.

Here are some of the best short throw projectors that we hand-picked for you to consider:

  • Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300

The Epson LS300 short throw projector is the most expensive short throw projector in this list, MSRP at $1,999.99. It delivers picture up to 120” at 1080P (accepts 4K format). With an incredible 3,600 lumens, the LS300 short throw projector produces vivid picture even with some ambient light in the room. The Audiophile 2.1 sound system by Yamaha is nothing like others, it provides a unique experience. All in all, you can’t go wrong with the Epson LS300 projector, it’s an ideal short throw projector that could be a replacement for your TV.

Pros: High lumen brightness, loud speaker, high contrast ratio

Cons: Expensive for 1080P native resolution

Amazon Link for the Epson EpiqVision LS300 short throw projector

  • AAXA P400­­

The AAXA P400 is a budget short throw projector. It’s the most portable and affordable mini short throw projector in the list with the price tag of $269 MSRP and the dimension of 4.5″ x 4″ x 2.3″, and weighs at 19.8 ounces. It can easily fit in your palm. Even though the P400 short throw projector is small, it’s a powerful unit which can project a vivid 100″ screen with 1080P resolution at just 5.25 feet from wall and holds up to 2 hours of battery in one charge. If you are in a position where money is short, and want a short throw projector that can get the job done, you can’t go wrong with the P400 since it offers almost everything that you need in a short throw projector.

Pros: Portable, native 1080P FHD, inexpensive, best value for money

Cons: Lack of smart features

Amazon Link for The AAXA P400 short throw projector

  • BenQ TK700STi

The BenQ TK700STi short throw projector is made for gamers with a low input lag 16ms at 4K/60Hz, you can experience your gameplay with unnoticeable lag. It’s compatible with major consoles such as Xbox, PS5, Nintendo Switch, and a few more. This short throw projector is an incredible entertainment powerhouse. The only downside of the TK700STi is the throw ratio of 0.9 so you will need to place it a little far away from your wall in order to have a big screen.

Pro: Low latency, great for gaming, 4K resolution

Cons: 0.9 Throw ratio, not great black level

Amazon Link for The BenQ TK700STi short throw projector

Should you get a short throw projector?

Deciding what kind of projector is best fits for you need depends on numerous of factors. The most important characteristic that you should consider when purchasing a projector is space. If you are setting up a home theater in a small room, then you should consider a short throw projector. Not only it will save you more space, but also preventing unwanted shadows. And if space is not an issue for you, then you should consider getting yourself a long throw since it will save you some cash.

New Mini Projectors in 2022 – You Might Have Seen The 3rd Pick Before!!!

In 2022, we see a trend in Ultra Short Throw and 4K laser projectors. Where do the mini projectors, micro projectors, or pico projectors stand in the market nowadays, then? In today’s blog, we look at the new mini projectors that are small in size and yet have loads of power factors in 2022. If you are looking for a small, portable projector for your bedroom, small studio, apartment, van, classroom, or meeting room, these tiny yet mighty projectors are for you!

AAXA P8 Smart Mini Projector – ( $249 on Amazon)

AAXA Technologies have been well-known for the projectors in the “portable mini projectors” class in the past decade. The AAXA P8 Smart Mini Projector comes up in the first place because it is the smallest, lightest, and most versatile mini projector. Weighing only 0.6lbs, the AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector is truly a mini projector that fits in your pocket (1.40″ x 3.90″ x 3.40″ (HxWxD)).

The AAXA new P8 projector can support up to 1080p signal and its native resolution is 960×540.

Though the P8’s native resolution is not very impressive, it is equipped with Android 10.0 onboard, WiFi, Bluetooth, and built-in streaming apps such as Netflix and Twitch. Wireless screen mirror smart devices are also available on the P8 mini projector, so the only cable you need in order to watch YouTube or Netflix is the projector’s power cable.

What we like about the AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector (besides its super tiny compact size) is its wide variety of inputs, including HDMI, USB, 3.5mm Headphone Jack (Audio Out), and Memory Card (Micro SD)). The AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector projects a decent 430-LED-Lumens brightness image, which is more than acceptable for casual movie time and gaming, especially when the price is very attractive at only $249. The projector comes with a mini tripod and a tiny remote control, making the whole package a real bargain.

Pros: very compact and portable, smart features (WiFi, Bluetooth, Android 10.0), inexpensive

Cons: not native Full HD resolution

Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector – ($699 on Amazon)

We have reviewed the Wemax Dice Movie Projector on our YouTube channel before, and we really like its smart connections and user interface. However, the Wemax Dice Movie Projector is perhaps too big and heavy to be considered a real mini projector. Instead, the Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector has a better fit in the “mini projector” class. The Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector has 300 ANSI Lumen brightness and it is capable of projecting a 100-inch screen using an ALDPlaser light source. The connectivity that the Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector offers are USB, HDMI, 3.5mm Audio, making it a standard projector.

Similar to the AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector, the Wemax Go is also equipped with WiFi for Airplay & Miracast. However, while the AAXA P8 has WiFi for browsing the internet, the Wemax Go’s WiFi is only usable for wireless screen mirroring from your smartphone or other smart devices. The Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector does not have a built-in power supply. In other words, it does not have a built-in battery, and it needs connecting to a power source. This power source can be a 15V/2A power bank. With auto vertical keystone, the Wemax Go provides a degree of ease of use. Wemax advertises the Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector as a “1080P support projector” – and its native resolution remains unknown. We could not find any information about the Wemax projector’s true native resolution on their Amazon listing.

At the price point of $699, the Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector lacks numerous typical features that projectors in the above $500 price range often offer such as a built-in battery, horizontal and vertical keystone, auto focus, zoom, and native 1080P full HD resolution.

Pros: Small size (0.71 lbs), nice & sleek design, decent brightness, Wifi for Airplay and Miracast

Cons: Wifi is only available for screen mirroring, no tripod, no remote control, expensive, unknown native resolution.

Samsung Freestyle Projector – ($899 on Amazon)

Making its debut at CES 2022, the Samsung Freestyle Projector is probably the projector that has the most controversial reviews and feedback in 2022. Some people love the Samsung Freestyle Projector for its exotic design – most people would not be able to tell if it was a projector or a speaker, or a studio light at the first sight. While most lifestyle influencers on YouTube love the Samsung Freestyle for its beautiful white color and its unique “Point & Play” design, the Samsung Freestyle Projector receives various critical reviews from the true projector-enthusiasts out there.

What you get for paying $899.99 on the Samsung Freestyle Projector are native 1080P Full HD resolution, Samsung Smart TV with voice assistants, 360 sound from a powerful Dolby speaker, auto keystone, smart calibration, and a 100-inch screen from any angle. Similar to the AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector, the Samsung Freestyle Projector has Bluetooth for audio out and WiFi for both smartphone screen mirroring and web browsing.

The Samsung Freestyle is relatively small (4″ x 6.8″ x 3.7″ with the stand and 3.7” x 5.3” x 3.7” without the stand, 2.9 lbs shipping weight), and you can call it a mini projector. However, we would not classify it as a portable projector due to its lack of a built-in battery. However, an external battery is available to purchase on Samsung Official Website.

The Samsung projector’s Achilles’ heel is definitely its brightness. Samsung has been inconsistent with their brightness rating – it was measured multiple times with a different brightness rating every time. Sometimes they stated that the Samsung freestyle projector had 400 ANSI Lumen. Another time, the projector brightness was measured with just “lumen”, or “ANSI LED lumen”, or “LED lumen”. Today when we checked their official listing at Samsung.com, the Samsung Freestyle Projector brightness is measured at 550 Lumen Nits by Samsung.

We like that Samsung provides a native 1080p projector, but is the Samsung Freestyle worth $899.99 when it is not fully portable and its brightness is very humble?

Pros: Wifi, Bluetooth, Samsung Smart TV, Auto Keystone, Auto Focus, Native 1080P FHD, Color Calibration, Remote control with voice assistance, good speaker

Cons: expensive, very low brightness, no built-in battery

Acer AOPEN QH11 Projector – ($179.99 on Acer Official Website)

If it’s your first projector and you do not want to spend over $200, Acer has a new projector that is maybe worth your initial investment. The Acer AOPEN QH11 is a Single LCD Projector with a native resolution of 720p HD. At only $179.99, the Acer AOPEN QH11 offers 2 USB ports, 1 HDMI Port for video in, Audio Line Out, and Headphone Jack. On top of that, the Acer Aopen QH11 Projector has both vertical and horizontal keystone correction – which the $699 Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector is not capable of. The Acer AOPEN QH11 Projector’s standard brightness is 200 Lumens, roughly the same level of brightness with the Samsung Freestyle Projector. We appreciate Acer for being honest about the native resolution of the AOPEN QH11 Projector.

At $179,99, the ACER AOPEN QH11 Projector is significantly cheaper than both the Wemax Go Mini Pocket Projector and the Samsung Freestyle Projector. The $249 AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector is slightly pricier than the Acer QH11, but it is 5x smaller, has Wifi and Bluetooth, and Android 10.0.

Pros: relatively small, horizontal and vertical keystone for easy setup, lens cap included, inexpensive

Cons: no battery, not full HD 1080p, no wifi, no bluetooth

AAXA Technologies announces the release of the P8 Mini Projector

AAXA Technologies releases the ultra-tiny P8 Mini Projector.

AAXA Technologies is pleased to announce the AAXA P8 Mini Projector. The AAXA P8 Mini Projector is a powerful next-generation solid-state mini projector that fits in a pocket. The AAXA P8 Mini HD Projector incorporates a compact 4th generation Texas Instruments DLP imager mated to an Android 10.0 operating system supporting wireless screen mirroring, Bluetooth connectivity, and video streaming. With highly efficient Luminus 30,000-hour LEDs, the P8 produces a bright 430 Lumens and is capable of delivering a brilliant 100” projected image.

Tiny Form Factor, Big Power

The AAXA P8 weighs in at just 8.8 ounces and measures 3.9” X 3.4” X 1.4” making the P8 a true pocket projector. Despite its tiny size, the P8 delivers a big 430 Lumens of LED brightness – more than single-panel LCD projectors many times its weight and size.

Android 10.0 Onboard

The AAXA P8 features a native Android 10.0 operating system that allows users to stream video content, mirror smartphones both wired and wirelessly, view and edit presentations and documents, and supports both WIFI (2.4ghz/5.0ghz) and Bluetooth connectivity. (Note: DMCA content including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus content is not sharable wirelessly).

With AAXA’s P8 pico projector, what you see is what you get—a tiny projector that excels at integrating streaming entertainment and apps but ultimately falls a bit short on image quality and brightness. In fact, its $249 price is the most intriguing part of this mighty mite.

BRIAN NADEL, PROJECTOR CENTRAL

If you want streaming and you can do without a battery to keep costs down, the AAXA P8 is actually a decent option, since it offers comparable features to the Luma 350, plus a small step up in resolution, for less. That combination keeps it in the running as a more-than-reasonable budget palmtop projector.

M. DAVID STONE, PC MAG

Buy AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector at Amazon ($249): https://www.amazon.com/AAXA-Technologies-Projector-Bluetooth-Smartphone/dp/B09VMP72WG/?encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=zCON2&pf_rd_p=bbb6bbd8-d236-47cb-b42f-734cb0cacc1f&pf_rd_r=ZZHN559FK3RG6BK0XSP4&pd_rd_r=108a6281-4458-45ef-923b-565e77a3c4b7&pd_rd_wg=swnbn&ref=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mi

Buy AAXA P8 Mini Smart Projector at Walmart ($249): http://www.walmart.com/ip/AAXA-Technologies-P8-Smart-LED-DLP-Mini-Projector-WiFi-Bluetooth-Android-10-0-Wireless-Smartphone-Mirroring-USBC-HDMI-Input-Built-in-Netflix-YouTube-/697689842

1080P Portable Projector Comparison: AAXA M7 Vs. Wemax Dice

March 11, 2022, LED Technology    aaxa tech, wemax, mini projector, outdoor projector, pico projector, portable projector

As we slowly approach the summertime fun, what’s more entertaining for those warm outdoor nights than a battery-powered projector? Today we’re going to discuss two of the hottest portable, battery-powered projectors on the market – AAXA’s M7 Pico Projector and the Wemax Dice Portable Projector.  

For today’s breakdown, I’ve decided to cover three main categories – portability, resolution/image quality, and price.

*Scroll down for shop links for the two mini projectors.


Portability

To kick things off, we’ll do a rundown of the projector’s specs relative to portability; The AAXA M7 Pico weighs in at only 3 lbs with the dimensions, 1.85″ x 7.30″ x 6.40″. Whereas the Wemax Dice projector weighs in at 4.8 lbs with the dimensions 6.10″ x 4.90″ x 6.30″. Another factor we have to consider is the projector’s shape. While the Wemax Dice does one up the M7 by implementing a built-in carrying handle, the M7 is a lot more sleek and ready to be placed in any luggage, backpack, or carrying case. The large, boxy build of the Dice makes it a lot more difficult to pack this thing up. When it comes to portability, the M7 capitalizes on weight and shape making it our clear winner for this category. 

Image Quality

The AAXA M7 offers a native resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p full HD) with a maximum supported resolution of 3840×2160 (4K UHD), a contrast ratio of 2000:1, and a brightness of 1200 LED Lumen. Similarly, the Wemax Dice offers a native resolution of 1920×1080 (1080p full HD) with 4K support and a brightness of 700 ANSI Lumens however, it only offers a 350:1 contrast ratio. While the native resolution for both projectors is the same, the significantly better contrast ratio the M7 offers gives it a slight edge over the Wemax Dice. Regardless of the specs, what better way to measure this than doing your own eye test and comparing the image qualities for yourself! 

Price 

Lastly, we have price; The AAXA M7 Pico Projector is listed at $488 MSRP while the Wemax Dice Portable Projector is listed at $699.99 MSRP. One main feature the Wemax Dice offers that the M7 does not is the onboard Android operating system. Although a quick and easy fix for those getting the M7 is plugging in your favorite streaming device, since it is compatible with (but not limited to) any Roku, Amazon, or Apple TV, of your preference. Nonetheless, when it comes to price, while the Wemax Dice does offer the ‘smart’ projector functionality with its Android OS, I personally don’t think it is worth the extra $200+ dollars. My winner of this category is the AAXA M7 Pico Projector.

Results

In conclusion, both the AAXA M7 and Wemax Dice Projector are both extremely portable projectors that will give you all of your on-the-go entertainment needs. For those warm summer movie nights in the backyard or your on-the-spot business presentations, neither device will disappoint. For today’s breakdown, the AAXA M7 Pico Projector does have a slight edge over the Wemax Dice when it comes to portability, image quality, and price, so the clear winner of this comparison is the AAXA M7. Links to both projectors will be below this blog so go try them out and make the decision for yourself! 

Link: https://aaxatech.com/store/products/M7_pico_projector_store.html

Link:https://www.wemax.com/collections/portable-projector/products/wemax-dice-portable-smart-projector

Comparison Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bS8aGilvNL4&t=10s

Movie Night: Backyard Edition!

For as long as I can remember, movie nights have been one of my favorite pastimes when it comes to spending quality time with my loved ones. As we slowly approach the end of daylight savings and inch our way back towards those warm summer nights, I cannot wait to enjoy it to the fullest by hosting movie nights in my backyard with friends and family. Today I’ve decided to break down the must-haves for all your backyard movie night ventures!

For today’s breakdown, I’ve decided that the four main pieces to your perfect outdoor movie nights are – snacks, seating arrangements – blankets and/or chairs to get comfy, a streaming device, and last but not least a way to watch or broadcast your movie!

Snacks

What better snack for movies than popcorn? But why don’t we spice it up a bit. My most recent go-to movie snack is Hawaiin Popcorn! This is a simple Hawaiin-style popcorn that mixes in furikake (seaweed bits), crunchy arare (Japanese rice crackers), and a little extra butter to top it off! Luckily you can find this mix premade by the Hawaiin Hurricane Company and most wholesale Costcos carry their delicious product!

Seating Arrangements

You can round up your favorite outdoor blankets and camping chairs to get your backyard movie night ready or if you want to take it to the next level,  check out Intex’s inflatable furniture arrangement! My personal favorite has to be the inflatable couch which you can find on their company site along with way more options for chairs, sofas, beds, and even pillows!

Link: https://intexcorp.com/products/air-furniture/chairs/ 

Streaming Device

My all time favorite streaming device has to be Amazon’s Fire-TV Stick. It’s affordable, extremely portable, and includes all of your favorite streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Disney+, and many more!  (your own subscription is needed of course) You can find this product at almost any Target, Best Buy, or even on Amazon’s very own digital store. 

Ways To Watch

Considering we’ll be enjoying our flick outdoors for this particular movie night my top pick will have to be a battery powered projector! You can find a variety of battery powered projectors on sites like Amazon, Best Buy, and Target! If you want to take it one step further, buying a projector screen would also do you wonders but even just a plain white bed sheet can get the job done filling in as your makeshift screen. 

Kodak Luma 150 Vs. AAXA HP2 Portable Mini Projector Comparison

What features do you look for in a projector? Are you looking for something portable and ready for any occasion? Well if you are, then you’re in the right place. Today we’ll be discussing the Kodak Luma 150 portable projector and AAXA’s HP2 DLP Mini DLP Special FX Halloween Projector. Also before we start off do NOT let its title fool you, this AAXA product is way more than just a Halloween projector. You can use it to watch your favorite movies or share your necessary meeting presentations like any other portable projector, providing quality projection anywhere and anytime. 

For today’s breakdown, we decided to highlight three main categories – image quality, price, and portability.

*Scroll down for shop links of the two mini projectors.

Image Quality

The Kodak Luma 150 offers a native resolution of 840x360p and does not specify what its maximum support is, along with a contrast ratio of 1,500:1. While the AAXA HP2 offers a native resolution of 640x360p with a maximum supported resolution of 1080p full HD resolution along with a contrast ratio of 2,000:1.  On top of that, the Kodak Luma offers a brightness of 50 ANSI Lumens (converted to about 100-110 LED Lumens) while the AAXA HP2 is listed at 100 LED Lumens. All in all these projectors offer very similar key specs when it comes to image quality but see the images below to decide for yourself!

 

Portability

Next up  we have Portability; The Kodak Luma 150 weighs in at only 0.3 lbs with the dimensions, 0.87″ x 3.90″ x 3.90″. Whereas the AAXA HP2 projector weighs in at 0.31 lbs with the dimensions 2.75? x 2.25? x 2.5?. Once again when it comes to portability, you cannot go wrong with either projector. Both of these devices are extremely light, miniature, and can be used practically anywhere. 

Price 

Lastly, we have price; The Kodak Luma 150 is listed at $219.99 MSRP while the AAXA HP2 is listed at $129.99 MSRP. Luckily for those of you interested in AAXA’s HP2 I see it going for even cheaper on Best Buy right now for $20 off at a generous price of $109.99 which I will provide in a link below. Nonetheless when it comes to price, the HP2 offers an unbeatable price at over $90-$100 off (with the current discount).

Results

In conclusion, both the Kodak Luma 150 and AAXA’s HP2 DLP Mini DLP Special FX Halloween Projector are outstanding projectors that will get the job done. For key specs like image quality and portability, both these devices are second to none. The only thing the Kodak Luma 150 sacrifices is a little bit more money out of your pocket with the HP2 being over $90 cheaper at MSRP. Although, regardless of which mini projector you decide on they will both give you a bang for your buck. 

Link: Kodak Luma 150 $219.99

Link: AAXA HP2 $119.99

Link for Limited Time Discount Best Buy Deal: AAXA HP2 $109.99

AAXA P6X Pico Projector Vs. Yaber Y31 Mini Projector Comparison

Are you searching for a mini projector that is suitable for you? Something that is versatile and ready for any occasion? If so then you are in the right place, we have reviewed and compared two of the most frequently bought mini projectors on the market. AAXA’s P6X Pico Projector with 4-Hour Battery and 1000 LED Lumens, and the Yaber Y31 Native 1080P Projector. We broke this comparison down into three main categories –  portability, resolution, and brightness. 

*Scroll down for shop links of the two mini projectors.

Portability

Starting off we have Portability; The P6X Pico Projector weighs in at only 1.81 lbs with the dimensions, 6.25″ x 6.2″ x 1.85″. Whereas the Yaber 31 projector weighs in at 5.70 lb with the dimensions 12″ x 9″ x 4.10″. If portability is something you are searching for, then the P6X Pico Projector is your best bet.  Along with its compact size, it also offers battery power, unlike the Yaber Y31.

Resolution

Right up next we have resolution; AAXA’s P6X portable projector’s native resolution starts at 1280×800p, although it can even reach a max resolution of up to 1920×1080p.  The Yaber Y31 projector’s native resolution is 1920×1080P and it is unclear if it is able to go any higher. While the Y31 does beat the P6X’s native resolution, the P6X can still match the Y31 when utilizing its max resolution capability. When it comes to clarity, these two projectors are both safe options.  If a quality image is what you’re searching for, neither of these devices will disappoint.  

Brightness

Last on our list, we have brightness; the P6X Pico Projector offers up to 1100 LED Lumens while plugged in and only sacrifices 100 Lumens to run on Battery mode (1000 Lumens). The Yaber Y31 is said to offer 8000 Lux on their company website but these two measurements are not the same scale. In terms of brightness, both the P6X and Y31 are comparable with the P6X just barely coming out ahead. 

Results

In conclusion, both the AAXA P6X Pico and Yaber’s Y31 are outstanding projectors that will get the job done. Although, if ease of use, convenience, and portability, are what you’re searching for then the P6X is your best bet. Something the P6X offers that the Y31 does not is battery power functionality along with a smaller and more compact frame. Although, regardless of which mini projector you decide on, they are each relatively within the same price range and will both give you a bang for your buck. 

Link: AAXA P6X Pico Projector $359

Link: Yaber Y31 $279.99

Best Projectors for Camping and Outdoor Movies 2021

So, you love hiking and you are a movie lover, what’s more ideal than watching a movie with your family and friends by the campfire? The idea is brilliant yet you might be hesitant to host an outdoor movie night during your trip since the gears you need might add extra weight. The good news is that in 2021, we have seen new portable projectors which are lightweight enough for a fantastic movie night under the stars! Below are the 4 best portable projectors for outdoor movies that we like

  1. XGIMI Halo True 1080p Portable Projector ($799)
Halo

At 1080P Native Full HD Resolution and 800 ANSI Lumens brightness, the XGIMI Halo portable projector is perfect for streaming content and watching movies while camping. The XGIMI Halo Projector is also equipped with 10W Harman Kardon Speakers that would be decent for an indoor movie night. The battery of the XGIMI Halo Projector is advertised to last for 2 hours at maximum. Equipped with Android TV, the XGIMI is capable of providing various streaming apps to the viewers such as Hulu, YouTube, Disney +, HBO Max, and so on. However, this smart feature will not come in handy if you camping in a location where wifi is not available.

Cons: expensive ($799), bulky (4.47 x 5.71 x 6.75 inches), and heavy (3.53lbs)

AAXA Tech M77 Mini Projector Full HD 10180p 20" DIsplay

Like the XGIMI Halo Projector, the new movie projector by AAXA Technologies called M7 Mini Portable Projector is also equipped with Native 1080 Full HD Resolution and it is also 4K FPS Ready. The AAXA M7 also has a better battery life at 3-hour runtime in ECO Mode, and a better brightness at 1200 LED Lumen (650 LED Lumens on battery). At half the price of the XGIMI Halo Projector, the AAXA M7 Projector is smaller (7.3″ x 6.4″ x 1.85”) and lighter (2.99”). The price of the AAXA M7 Mini Projector is fantastic for what it offers. However, the AAXA M7 Projector has less competitive speakers (4 Watts) and no wireless mirroring technologies nor smart features. Hence, you might want to load your movie to a media player such as a flash drive, USB Stick, MicroSD/ TF Card and connect it to the M7 Mini Projector. The AAXA M7 Mini Projector is compatible with HDMI devices such as laptop or Nintendo Switch.

Cons: not “smart”, no horizontal keystone (it has 40-degree vertical keystone)

The AAXA P7 Mini Projector is probably one of the most popular projectors in its category. Measures just 4.7″ x 4.4″ x 2.7″ and 1.48 lbs – the P7 projector fits nicely in your laptop bag or briefcase for business travel and outdoor camping.  This is the most compact projector in our list that has native 1080P Full HD Resolution for an outdoor movie. The AAXA P7 Mini projector has multiple inputs: USB, USB, USB—C for Mirroring, HDMI, Composite AV, and TFCard/ MicroSD. The AAXA P7 projector is cheaper than the AAXA M7 Projector for a reason: its battery lasts only 90-minute and its brightness is also lower (600 LED Lumen).

Cons: not “smart”, no horizontal keystone (it has 40-degree vertical keystone)

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Weighing just 104lbs, the Anker Nebula Capsule is the smallest truly portable projector for an outdoor movie in our least. The Anker Nebula Capsule is also slightly more affordable than the other projectors as it costs only $299.99 on Amazon. Notice that its native resolution is quite humble at 480P and its image brightness is just 100 Lumen. Regardless, the Anker Nebula Capsule has various connections: HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Cons: low brightness, low resolution

Editors Picks: Christmas Movies

It’s time to grab your AAXA Technologies Projectors and watch some Christmas movies. Here are our picks for Christmas movies.

Elf

This Will Ferrill movie has become a classic. It follows Will Ferrill, who was raised by elves, as he finds his true father. Along the way he spreads Christmas Joy to all. Elf is a family friendly movie that will become a yearly viewing experience.

Streaming on Hulu Live TV, FuboTV, and Sling TV

Available for rent on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, YouTube and Vudu

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

What could go wrong when having a traditional family Christmas? Chevy Chase answers this question in this hilarious Christmas film. Watch Clark Griswold pick “the Griswold Family Christmas Tree”, deck the halls with an unhealthy amount of Christmas lights, and watch as everything falls apart. This PG-13 movie will make you appreciate your family. 

Streaming on HBO Max

Available for rent on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and Vudu.

A Christmas Story

We “triple dog dare you” to watch “A Christmas Story”. This 1983 movie focuses on 9 year old Ralphie’s desire to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas.  Several ridiculous shenanigans such as Leg Lamps, Bunny Costumes, and dares create a fantastic Family Christmas comedy.  You will want a Red Ryder BB gun by the end of this movie.

Streaming on HBO Max.

Available for rent on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, YouTube, and Apple TV

For the best viewing experiences for these amazing movies we recommend using AAXA Mini, Pico, and Micro Projectors. In particular, projectors such as the AAXA P7, AAXA M7, and AAXA 4K1 will provide excellent viewing experiences.

We hope you Have a great Holiday season!