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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 0.3 lbs
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

User replaceable battery. Battery life on the ShowWX is a touch under two hours from a full charge, but that's not the whole story. The battery in the ShowWX is easy to swap--just lift the battery door and make the change. Replacements are inexpensive, at about $30 each. This allows a presenter to stockpile charged batteries and keep their projector up and running for longer than two hours, albeit with slight breaks in-between. If you have a whole day of presentations planned and no time to charge between them, this is a lifesaver. On a more technical note, all batteries will stop holding a charge, eventually; when this happens, you'll be thankful that battery swaps are so quick and easy.

Connectivity. The ShowWX takes all video connections through its rear input port, while a side port is used for charging and firmware updates (note that the ShowWX will take a charge over USB, in case you have a laptop but no access to a wall outlet). Composite video and iPod cables are included. VGA connections are possible with an optional VGA dock ($50). The dock connects to the port on the projector's rear and is the only way to connect a laptop to the ShowWX. And while the projector does not have a speaker, there is a 3.5mm (standard 1/8") headphone jack for audio pass-through from an iPod or cell phone.

WVGA Resolution. With its 848x480 native resolution, the ShowWX has the potential to be used for movie display when connected to an iPod or other video-capable device. At native resolution, the ShowWX is sharp and clear, thanks in no small part to its constant, perfect focus. There is no visible pixelation to speak of until the image exceeds 60" diagonal at which point you can see that the image has pixels if you concentrate. The inter-pixel gap is nigh undetectable.

One thing to be aware of is that not all current iPods can output native 848x480 video. If you wanted to use the ShowWX as a video projector and keep native resolution, you should make sure that your iPod can output WVGA.

Adjustable image alignment. Normally found on much more expensive projectors, the ShowWX has an image alignment feature. If the picture appears soft or out of focus, using this feature can help to bring things back into proper alignment. A simple vertical line is shown; using the up and down buttons on the side of the projector, you simply move the line back and forth until it is sharpest. While our own ShowWX did not show any signs of misalignment, it is a nice feature to have.

Silent operation. With no exhaust fan, the ShowWX is more or less silent. There is a slight hum from the laser diodes, but overall the ShowWX is exceptionally quiet, even for a pico projector. Despite the lack of fan, the projector never gets terribly hot; even after running for an hour and a half, it is still comfortable to hold. One thing to watch out for: placing your iPod on top of the projector is tempting, and an easy way to keep things together. It also increases heat build-up in the projector. If you plan to run the projector until the battery dies, try not to place anything on top of it or too close to either side.

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Reader Comments(6 comments)

Posted Dec 15, 2010 6:21 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 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 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:

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 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 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 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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