Aiptek PocketCinema T10
Pico Projector Review
February 22, 2009
Aiptek has figured out what customers want in a pico projector. It's light, easy to use, fits in your pocket, projects a widescreen image up to 48", and most of all, it's cool. Cool is watching a movie on the bedroom ceiling with your family and cool is the reaction you get if you decide to use the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 as a presentation tool.
The Aiptek PocketCinema T10 has one A/V input and comes with a female composite video adapter cable. The PocketCinema T10 also has a built-in speaker and includes a mini tripod, soft case and user manual.
Widescreen - The Aiptek PocketCinema T10 uses a 16:9 display with 640 x 360 (Q720p) resolution. For a pico projector this is ideal, if the material you intend to watch is widescreen video. With so much widescreen video available these days, it's really the only way to go, and in my opinion it's more important than pixel count.
If you are looking for a pico projector focused on data and video, check out the Aiptek PocketCinema V10.
It has a 640 x 480 resolution display giving it a better format for data presentations and standard video. The inclusion of a 3-in-1 SD card reader and 1 gig of internal memory gives you a variety of storage for loading up a movie, presentation or photo album.
We provided some video coverage of a number of pico projectors at the recent Consumer Electronics Show and the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 was one of them.
Speaker - The built-in speaker on the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 is functional and that's about all you should expect. I couldn't find a volume control, but I wasn't complaining about how loud the audio was.
Portability - With the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 connected to my iPhone, I walked around my house projecting on every surface and object I could. It was like being a kid with an old Viewmaster only much brighter and a fraction of the size.
Presentations - The Aiptek PocketCinema T10 can project your slide show, but you need to figure out the way that works best for you. I
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used an iPhone and changed the page setup of my Powerpoint slideshow to 8.52" by 4.8" and checked it to make sure I didn't lose any of my formatting. I then did a "save as" and chose the format "jpg" and copied all of the images to my iPhone. Then it's just a matter of showing pictures. Another way to go is to copy your Powerpoint slideshow onto your mobile phone or PDA.
Accessories - These were limited to a composite video adapter and a mini-tripod. You'll learn to love the tripod when you tire of holding the unit while you watch a movie.
Brightness - The PocketCinema T10 is rated at 10 lumens, but I wouldn't use that number to compare pico projectors as they all need a controlled environment to be enjoyed. My recommendation is to use it in a room with little or no ambient light on a white surface and you'll be satisfied with the image.
Battery Indicator - I was able to get over 80 minutes of run time using the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 on one charge, but for the last 40+ minutes, the low battery icon flashed continuously in the top right corner of the screen. This could be a distraction for your audience and ideally, the warning would activate with 5 - 10 minutes of battery life left.
Color Saturation - You can look at my review of the Aiptek PocketCinema V10 to get my comments on color saturation. The PocketCinema T10 could be more vibrant, but is comparable to other pico projectors.
Conclusion - The Aiptek PocketCinema T10 is a 16:9 native video projector. It's not going to overwhelm you with features but it is a cool gadget that will give you a big widescreen image in a darkened room on any light colored surface.
My two older kids haven't been interested in the movie Toy Story in years but watching it through the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 coupled with my iPhone made it an event. At first, I thought it was Toy Story that excited them, but the reality is they were blown away by the widescreen 42" diagonal image coming from such a small projector. They won't be the only ones blown away by the Aiptek PocketCinema T10 at home or in the office.
Correction: A reference to the 3M Optical Engine has been removed as Aiptek refused to identify the vendor.