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Aiptek PocketCinema T10
Pico Projector Review

Paul Gilmore, 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

Aiptek PocketCinema T10
Aiptek PocketCinema T10
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.

Reader Comments(8 comments)

Posted Nov 17, 2014 1:52:12 AM

By Tsav

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you can connect it with iPad 3 or I phone

Posted Aug 1, 2013 10:59:39 AM

By anaiasa

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Hello , I need to use Aiptek for a long time and it seems that only works on battery mode. is it possible to see the projections connected in the energy?

Posted Jun 26, 2011 2:43:11 AM

By bukola

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Pls mine is a question hw can I use aiptek T10 wiv a laptop

Posted Jun 9, 2010 9:37:15 AM

By ASM ABDUL WAHAB

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Please help to connect T10 model pc Cinema projector with my Sony Vaio Laptop(No S-Video Port).

my Cell no: +8801717-114679

Posted Mar 2, 2010 2:56:50 AM

By nobody inside

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ok, just got this new toy. Yap, it's small, yap, it does the trick in light lighted rooms but that's about it. You wont be impressed by quality or accuracy, but it managed to successfully replace my 32" TV in the living room (true, we only watch movies at night). I didn't expect that much from it, that's why I didn't send it back...YET :). It works brilliantly though for Power Point or other presentations at school, but don't go over 40" with the image size. You will be disappointed. Also, use it from about 50-80 cm away from the white screen, don't push it. I suggest considering well your options before buying this gadget, Look at other full size projectors first.

Posted Feb 26, 2010 8:33:55 AM

By Dan

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Anybody? I show quite a few presentations in rooms that do let in some light (not much, but our university rooms are not completely light sealed). Will this gadget do the trick? Also, I like to use video to illustrate issues. Let's say for a classroom off about 40 pax, will the screen be wide enough for everyone to see?

Thanks

Posted Feb 28, 2009 2:47:01 PM

By brandon

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this is cool

Posted Feb 24, 2009 5:46:04 AM

By Thomas Chan

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The T10 projector does not use 3M optics. It has an optics from a Hong Kong technology company.

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