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Weight: 0.3 lbs
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Connectors:  Composite, USB
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Microvision ShowWX
848x480 Laser Pico Projector

Bill Livolsi, September 14, 2010

Microvision ShowWX versus AAXA L1

When it comes to laser pico projectors, the ShowWX's main competition is the AAXA L1, another laser pico we reviewed earlier this year. It costs $150 more than the ShowWX, and the two use different resolutions and aspect ratios: the L1 is 4:3 at 800x600 native resolution, while the ShowWX is 16:9 at 848x480 native. Both are advertised as pocket-sized projectors; additionally, both will actually fit in your pocket. If you display a lot of Powerpoint presentations or text documents, 800x600 might be a better resolution for you. If, however, you find yourself showing a lot of video, 848x480 is probably a better fit.

So aside from a different resolution, what do you get for the extra money? Well, the L1 is twice as bright as the ShowWX. It weighs an additional two ounces, but those two ounces are well spent: the L1 has 160MB of onboard storage and the ability to project from a USB flash drive (a 2GB drive is included to get you started). While the L1 lacks an onboard tripod screw mount, it does include a cradle that holds the projector so it can take a tripod.

This is not to say that the L1 is better than the ShowWX. $599 is a lot of money for a pico projector, and the image is about the same, quality-wise. So if all you need is a good looking picture, the ShowWX is a great choice. And if you don't need the extra features provided by a projector like the AAXA L1, you can save yourself quite a bit of money in the process.


The Microvision ShowWX is attracting a lot of attention for its combination of small size, light weight, laser technology, and low price. And it's true--for less than $500, it is hard to get a better, more vibrant picture in a pico projector than that of the ShowWX. For what it is designed to do, it is a fantastic projector.

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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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