XGA LCoS Microportable Projector
February 14, 2011
The AAXA M2 is a light, bright, highly portable XGA presentation projector that fills the gap between full-sized XGA projectors and tiny picos. Its 110 ANSI lumens put it in the perfect niche for the display of Powerpoint presentations and other simple documents to small groups. An LED lamp keeps you going without the hassles of maintenance. The projector's one-pound weight will please anyone who travels frequently, and its onboard media player keeps the required accessories to a minimum. If you've considered pico projectors but found them not quite bright enough, the AAXA M2 might be a perfect fit. At street prices under $400, it's a solid value.
Applications / Best Uses
The AAXA M2 is built for mobile presentation and media display. The tiny M2 produces a maximum of 110 lumens using its LED light source. In a light-controlled environment, a 60" to 80" diagonal image has plenty of pop - enough to make your presentation look good for a small audience. With higher ambient light, a 40" to 60" diagonal image is bright enough to keep the image from being washed out.
The M2 has a fixed focal length lens, so image size is entirely dependent upon placement. Note that a fixed focal length is not the same thing as a fixed focus; focus is manual and still needs to be adjusted once you've placed the projector. The M2 has a relatively long throw distance for any given image size, which is helpful when a conference table is several feet from the wall.
With the M2's built-in media player, you don't even need to bring a laptop along. The M2 has several options when it comes to media storage, including 1GB of onboard flash memory, an SD card reader on the connection panel, and the ability to use USB thumb drives. Since an SDHC card can hold up to 32GB, a lack of storage space isn't likely to be a concern.