AAXA P300 User Opinion

AAXA P300 Projector AAXA P300
by SiberSerpent - Nov 02, 2012
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 4.0
Ease of Use 4.0
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 4.0
WXGA (1280x800), 300 ANSI Lumens,
1.3 lbs, $499 (MSRP)
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Personal Experience
The P300 combines a great feature set with excellent image quality. I watched a DVD outdoors under my patio during the bright Texas afternoon sun with the projector approximately 18 inches from the screen and could readily view the movie however at increased distances, faint movie scenes would bleach completely out ... but watching a soccer game from my cable box in that bright light at larger distances was not a problem. At nightime the colors were rich and the movie quality was fantastic ... every bit as good as or maybe better than what my 46 inch LED TV is capable of and the projected image was BIGGER! All input possibilities (AV, HDMI VGA, USB & microSD) worked well and were very easy to select and utilize. SD & USB memory must be formatted as FAT32 as exFAT or NTFS formats are not recognized. Consequently, portable hard drives cannot be connected via the USB port. However, I was able to view movies loaded on a 64GB USB thumb drive formatted for FAT32 (Note: The free "HP USB Disk Storage Format Tool" can format USB thumb drives up to 128GB capacity in FAT32). The remote is very responsive but could benefit from brighter button text and the use of arrows instead of the words Up, Down, Left and Right. I recommend this projector to anyone who travels or is a minimalist at heart. My P300 will be replacing a heavy 27 inch CRT TV located in my RV and with the TV gone I will gain additional storage and save energy too.
 
Problems
The power button seems rather sensitive and caused the projector to turn off several times while I was moving or touching the projector ... translation ... set the projector up, turn it on then use the remote from that point on. Both the P300's sound volume and quality are a very big disappointment ... but both shortcommings were offset by the use of a $30 powered pop-up mini speaker I recently purchased from Brookstone for my MP3 player but other solutions abound.

The battery I ordered has yet to arrive so I could not test the projector untethered from the mains so DC performance is still a big unknown.