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Street Price: n/a
Lumens:10
Weight: 0.3 lbs
Resolution:848x480
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:n/a
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  Composite, USB
Video Formats:  480i, 480p,

Microvision ShowWX
848x480 Laser Pico Projector

Bill Livolsi, September 14, 2010

The hot trend in pico projectors these days is alternative light source technology. This can mean LEDs, which last much longer than traditional lamps, but the latest and greatest thing is laser projection. The Microvision ShowWX is a WVGA (848x480) laser pico projector that delivers serious performance. Its 10-lumen output is perfect for small image sizes, and the use of laser projection means the image is always in focus--no matter what. So project wherever you'd like, whenever you'd like. With the Microvision ShowWX in your pocket, your presentation is ready when you are.

The ShowWX is not the first projector to use laser diodes, nor is it the most fully featured. But with an MSRP of $549 and street prices a hundred dollars below that, it is one of the least expensive. If you've been looking for a pocket-sized presentation powerhouse, the ShowWX might be the right projector for you.

Advantages

Ultra portable. Projectors have been labeled "pocket sized" for years, but only a few have been small enough to actually fit in your pocket. The ShowWX measures a scant 4.6" long by 2.4" wide by 0.6" thick, making it about the size of a cellular phone or iPod. It weighs only four ounces with the battery installed. Shove it in your pocket and you might forget it's there.

Laser Projection. The big advantage of the ShowWX is that it's always in focus, whether you're projecting a 6" diagonal image or a 60" diagonal image. You can even project on uneven or curved surfaces without any loss of focus. The other big advantage, of course, is lamp life. While the exact life of the laser diodes is not specified, laser diodes in general last much longer than high-pressure lamps do, and most are on par with LED lifespan (≥ 20,000 hours).

Light output. The ShowWX is rated at 10 ANSI lumens, and our test sample measured between 8 and 9 lumens. That doesn't sound like much, but when you're projecting a 20" to 30" diagonal image, it's plenty bright--even in ambient light. In the manual it discusses the possibility of using the ShowWX on a 100" diagonal screen in a light-controlled room. While the image is still visible in such a setup, it is also quite dim.

Included accessories. When you purchase the ShowWX, you don't just get the projector. The package includes the projector and its rechargeable battery, of course, but it also includes the wall charger, which has interchangeable prongs. This allows you to charge the ShowWX while abroad, but you'll need to purchase the correct prongs separately--they aren't included. Also in the box are a plethora of connection cables, including USB, composite video, and an iPod cable. Many manufacturers advertise iPod compatibility but don't include the cable, forcing you to purchase it separately. With the ShowWX, you can get started right away. The box also holds a carrying pouch and wrist strap.

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Reader Comments(6 comments)

Posted Dec 15, 2010 6:21:20 AM

By Hernan

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Hi, I have the ShowWX, actually in Oz it's called Uniden. The Vga dock came included in the box as well. The vga dock has a tripod mount, you can still use it just don't push it all the way back, then close the cover. Only thing is that the cable will be hanging off it. I love it, it cost me AU$299. Only downside is that you cannot charge the unit as it's being used. Cheers

Posted Oct 27, 2010 6:05:27 PM

By Bruce Berryhill

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Well the whole idea of projecting images or text may be moot if OLED roll-up type screens ever come out. Just unroll the screen when you need to run a video, then roll it back up when you are done :)

Posted Sep 21, 2010 10:07:03 AM

By Dgadensg

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When you compare the L1 with the ShowWX you stated that the L1 does not have a onboard tripod mount screw, but it a tripod mount is included, i think, to be fair, that you should mention that there is actually a tripod VGA dock for the ShowWX as well. Though, this is an extra accesory accessory that is not included.

you can find it here: http://www.commxperts.com/khxc/ecom-prodshow/VGADOCK.html

Only downside is that the dock can only be used for VGA connections, which after my opinion is a mistake by Microvision.

Posted Sep 17, 2010 10:57:28 AM

By Evan Powell, Editor

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Paul, the L1 is rated at 20 lumens, and the ShowWX is rated at 10. We tested both and found our L1 sample putting out 18 lumens, and our ShowWX sample putting out 9 lumens. Based on the meter readings, the reviewer is correct in stating that the L1 is twice as bright as the ShowWX.

Posted Sep 15, 2010 10:54:48 AM

By Paul Anderson

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"the L1 is twice as bright as the ShowWX."

How do you guys figure that? Even if the L1 were capable of 20 lumens (which other reviews and my own use have shown is not the case), it still wouldn't be "twice as bright" as the ShowWX since the human visual response to an increase in lumens is logarithmic, not linear.

I owned both at one point in time (I sold the L1 and kept the ShowWX), and showing the same content side-by-side, the L1 appears only slightly brighter than the ShowWX.

The PK201, by contrast, actually appears to deliver on its 20 lumen output spec, and it is comfortable to view at 100 inches, unlike either the ShowWX or the L1.

If you happen to have both, display a similar sized image from the PK201 and the L1, and see if you think the L1's 20 lumen spec stands up.

Posted Sep 15, 2010 10:03:25 AM

By Nabi

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Don't know about 10 lumens--my Acer K11 with 200 just makes it. The Acer, at 400 bucks is cheaper, too. Portables, I think, is the last resort of personal projectors. The big screen TV is coming on too strong.

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