AAXA Technologies Reveals L1 v2 Pico Projector

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Pico projectors are still evolving, and while they haven't reached 1080p just yet, they're coming close. AAXA Technologies has been in the pico projector market since the beginning, with the L1 being their flagship model. Now, there's a second version. The L1 v2 is an 800 x 600 resolution projector with a LCoS imager, three-color laser light source and a 20 lumen output.

There's focus free operation, the ability to project images up to 50" in size and a battery onboard that can last 1.5 hours. Additional features include a powerful media player capable of decoding of video (AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG), audio (MP3, WAV, AAC), images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP), and popular document formats (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF), onboard memory, and a USB port capable of reading files directly off a standard USB thumb drive.


While the L1 v2 is slightly larger than the original L1, it still remains the world's smallest 20 lumen pico projector - no larger than a small cell phone, measuring only 4.2" x 2.1" x 1.2" and weighs in at 170 grams (including battery). Additional accessories allow the L1 v2 to connect to Apple iPhone/iPod, Microsoft Zune, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and a wide range of cellphones from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and HTC.

The AAXA L1 v2 is available for pre-order at www.aaxatech.com for $399 and begins shipping December 1, 2010; after the pre-order session ends, the MSRP jumps to $449.


AAXA Introduces L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector

November 24, 2010

AAXA Technologies is pleased to announce the release of the AAXA L1 v2 Laser Pico Projector, an updated version of the L1, the world's first laser powered pocket projector. The updated design improves the performance of L1 v2 by increasing the thermal efficiency of the PCOS laser light engine. The unique three-color laser light source enables the L1 v2 to produce images with amazing color saturation that are always in focus. Designed for mobile professionals and entertainment, the AAXA L1 v2 pocket projector combines a revolutionary laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS imager to achieve a 20 lumen output at 800x600 resolution without the pixilation problems found in some laser projectors.

The flexibility offered by the L1 v2 laser light source opens up a new world of possibilities in projection applications. The focus-free operation allows for rapid changes in projection size, simultaneous far and near surface projection, angled projection, and projection on curved and other non-flat surfaces. Its ultra-efficient optical engine enables the L1 v2 to produce rich images even in less-than-dark environments - and color-rich images up to 50" in dark environments. Combined with onboard 1.5 hour battery, the L1 v2 operates as a true hand-held laser projector without the need for any cables or external power source.

Built-in features include VGA input supporting up to 800x600 resolutions for laptop connections and on-board gamma correction. Additional features include a powerful media player capable of decoding of video (AVI, ASF, WMV, MPG), audio (MP3, WAV, AAC), images (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP), and popular document formats (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF), onboard memory, and a USB port capable of reading files directly off a standard USB thumb drive.

While the L1 v2 is slightly larger than the original L1, it still remains the world's smallest 20 lumen pico projector - no larger than a small cell phone, measuring only 4.2" x 2.1" x 1.2" and weighs in at 170 grams (including battery). The L1 v2 projector is much smaller than the traditional "pocket projector". It slips into a pocket or briefcase and comes with a stand, making it fully portable and configurable for maximum presentation flexibility. Additional accessories allow the L1 v2 to connect to Apple iPhone/iPod, Microsoft Zune, Sony Playstation Portable (PSP), and a wide range of cellphones from Nokia, LG, Samsung, and HTC.

The AAXA L1 v2 is available for pre-order at www.aaxatech.com for $399 and begins shipping December 1, 2010 and will also be available through our fine retail partners.
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realneil replied on Sat, Nov 27 2010 8:20 PM

Aren't there other devices on the market for less?

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Yes there are Neil, but AAXA is pretty tops in this field. It comes down to performance, size, price... pick two. AAXA has been putting out nothing but performance (near tops) and size (tops).

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I tried reading this article, yet all I could see was the ad to the right about the M1 Ultimate Micro projector that has 75 Lumens at the same resolution!

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And is not a pico projecter (read: several times bigger)

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Excess45 replied on Tue, Nov 30 2010 12:33 PM

Exactly! Many people start to mesh together the different types of portable projectors on the market. It varies from pico to micro. Those two categories determine essentially the performance and specs. 

The M1 ultimate may have the same resolution as the L1v2, but you got to look at the form factor and lumens. The lumens make a substantial difference in the brightness and quality of picture in various settings. The form factor is important in this case because the L1v2 can be put in your pocket and doesn't require an outlet once its fully charged where as the M1 Ultimate does require a constant outlet.

Things can start to get confusing when companies start to mesh the two together but it's not happening as much as you would think. Give it a few years and these mini projectors will be shining as bright as your 1080p ceiling mounted projector! That is when things will get really interesting!

Hopefully that clarified somethings.

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