Review Contents
Shortcomings and Conclusion
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Mobile Presentation
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2000:1 Contrast Ratio
200 Lumens
$494 Street Price

ASUS P1 Pico Projector

Allan Abbott, April 13, 2012

Shortcomings

Control Panel Buttons: The P1's control panel is located on the top of the projector. Its icons are clearly identified, but the buttons are essentially flush with the top surface and unlit. As a result, in a darkened room, it is difficult to feel which button you are about to press. Either a deeper recess or a raised or backlit button would be a nice improvement.

Connectivity: The P1 is limited to two inputs: VGA and composite video. Several projectors in this class offer an HDMI connection and some have a MicroSD or a USB as well.

No Internal Speaker: It is a little surprising that the P1 has no internal speaker. Virtually all other projectors in this class have a one- or two-watt speaker. Of course, a one-watt speaker is not going to fill the room with sound, but it does eliminate the need to provide some other source of audio output.

Placement Flexibility: The P1's fixed throw ratio of 1.16:1 puts up a big picture from a short distance, but with no zoom lens, each image diagonal is available at only one distance from the screen. For example, for a 60" diagonal, the projector will be 4 feet 10 inches from the screen, and if you move the P1, the image size will change.

No Remote Control: While the built-in control panel is fairly simple to use, it is easy to move the projector when making a menu selection or adjustment. It is also more convenient to make menu selections from a remote since you do not have to be near the projector to do so.

Conclusion

With a $499 list price and little in the way of street price discounts, the ASUS P1 is not the least expensive projector in the 200-lumen category. However, it is one of the smallest and lightest, and that goes a long way when lugging a projector around. It lacks a built-in speaker and has no HDMI input, but it does a nice job with both data and video images. The P1's two-year warranty is double that of its closest competitors. It should be considered seriously by mobile presenters.

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Reader Comments(6 comments)

Posted Dec 15, 2013 4:30:54 AM

By Mudiappsamy Devadoss

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Same problem experienced since yesterday 14 Dec 2013. When not connected to computer display seems normal but once connected display turns so reddish that I have to stop using the projector. Projector was bought in the U.S. but used in India. Is there an ASUS service facility in India that can fix the problem?

Posted Aug 5, 2013 11:46:32 AM

By zende

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I ve found this projector so useful but recently all of a sudden its screen turn into red i mean i still watch movie but under the redish pink ligth and i have no idea what has happened. Any idea?

Posted Jul 11, 2013 2:55:53 PM

By Gabe

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I loved this projector until I found out that auto-keystone correction doesn't stay off once you turn it off. Every time you restart the projector auto-keystone is back on making it impossible to use for installations. Would be so simple to build this into memory of the projector but it's a major flaw.

Posted Oct 13, 2012 7:08:20 PM

By Viliam

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I have several problems with this projector: 1. projection of white: one third of the picture, on the right, is slightly pink, not pure white. 2. picture is sharp in the bottom, but not on the top 3. focus wheel is too soft, even soft touch changes focus Sorry for my English, I am Czech.

Posted Aug 2, 2012 12:50:37 PM

By Argaume

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I don't think so, I have tried multiple ways to do this but without any success... if anyone knows please tell me but I think you need an extra converter box for that infortunately... so even if the specs of this pico projector is interesting, this is a major flaw. Plus I found it a little too big compared to the Optoma.

Posted Jul 12, 2012 6:40:42 AM

By wollaniery

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I m asking, if this Asus P1 projector can to be connected with a smart phone?. Thanks...please reply, I need it.

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