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Aaxa Tech L1 Laser Pico Projector review:

Aaxa Tech L1 Laser Pico Projector

Putting our quibbles with its user interface aside, the real issue we had with the projector is its picture quality. The quality is not that it's bad compared with that of other pico projectors; it's just not any better. Most disconcerting is that the laser creates a shimmering effect that gives the picture a noisy look. As with all pico projectors, you can project an acceptable image to about 20 inches to 26 inches wide; however, if you try to go larger, it starts to get pretty dicey--even in a darkened room. The projector simply can't produce an image that is bright enough or sharp enough. (For what it's worth, the image has a 4:3 aspect ratio instead of a 16:9 wide-screen aspect ratio, but aspect ratio on a projector is less of a sticking point than it is with a monitor.)

To be clear, this is a first-generation laser pico projector from Aaxa--and one of the few available on the market--so presumably the technology hasn't reached its potential. Again, this isn't a bad pico projector, it's, unfortunately, just as middling as the rest of them yet it costs significantly more; you can buy a half decent laptop or an iPad for about $600 and both will produce much better image quality.

On a positive note, from a features standpoint, the Aaxa has a good foundation, and the sound the projector emits from its tiny built-in speaker is acceptable for watching movies; it has a standard 3.5mm jack if you'd prefer to connect headphones or an external speaker. The company just has to find a way to improve the picture and reduce the price while making the user interface easier to use.

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