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AAXA M1 Plus Pocket Projector Review

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Highly Recommended Projector
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Intended Use:
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Weight: 0.9 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:15,000 Hrs
15,000 (eco)
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In, Audio Out, MemoryCard, USB

Notably light and small even for an ultraportable, the AAXA M1 Plus weighs less than a pound by itself and less than 1.5 pounds if you include the power block. That makes it not much heavier than the biggest pocket projectors. It has a white LED light source, and is brighter than most projectors in its weight class. It is also higher resolution, with an SVGA (800x600) LCOS chip.

The M1 Plus scores particularly well on convenience features, with the ability to read files directly from a microSD card or its own 1GB internal memory as well as connect to computers and video devices. Best of all, it boasts a relatively low price, at $339 direct from AAXA Technologies.


Small size and light weight. Manufacturers tend to exclude the weight of the external power block when they state the size and weight of their projectors, and even then most ultraportable projectors come out to 1.5 pounds or heavier. Adding the power block typically boosts the weight to well over 2 pounds. We weighed the M1 Plus along with its power block at 1.4 pounds, making it one of the lightest ultraportables available -- and perhaps the lightest. It's also one of the smallest, at 4.4" x 4.1" x 1.8".

The power block is also reasonably small, at 3.75" x 1.7" x 1.4" (not including the prongs or power cord). It's too big to fit along with the M1 Plus into the soft carrying case that comes with the projector, but small enough so carrying it separately shouldn't be a problem.

Reads files directly to enhance portability. The M1 Plus can read an assortment of file types directly from its 1GB internal memory or from microSD cards, so you don't have to carry a notebook or video source with you. The full list of supported formats according to AAXA, includes JPG and GIF files for presentations or photos; AVI, MPG, MP4, RMVB, RM, VOB, DAT, and 3GP files for video; and MP3 files for audio.

To read files from a memory card, you simply plug the card into the slot on the back of the M1 Plus and then pick SDcard from the projector's Source menu. Similarly, to use the internal memory, you copy the files to the projector, and choose Memory as the source.

AAXA supplies a USB cable to connect to a computer. Simply set the projector to USB Data mode, plug in the cable, and your computer will recognize the M1 Plus memory as a drive. (According to AAXA, this will work with both Mac and Windows systems.)

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Comments (7) Post a Comment
Eric Chweu Posted Aug 18, 2010 5:35 AM PST
I am impressed by the description of AAXA M1 Plus Pocket Projector and would like to own one. Please let me know the procedures for purchasing it from you since i am a South African.


akemai Posted Dec 14, 2010 5:14 PM PST
Microprojectors including aaxa's M1 have disappointingly low resolutions at 800x600 and below. If you use these microprojectors for word processing and reading articles while surfing, even at 800x600 (although seems not a big difference from 1024x768), they will make the words very hard and hazy to see, just as described in the above article. However, M1's brightness is impressive and I can't find irregularities in brightness just by direct looking. So don't buy it if you don't need portability.
Mark Brooke Posted May 9, 2011 11:41 AM PST
I was really stoked on this thing! i got ti to bring with me when i teach workshops cause I don't alway have TV to use and everything we super smooth!
Gina Posted May 24, 2011 4:10 PM PST
I just got a coupon via email, use MEMD2011TB to get free cable and shipping when you purchase the new M1 Ultimate X projector.
Stuart Posted Jun 17, 2011 2:05 PM PST
Wow, I guess this unit has been out for a while looking at the $359 price. I saw this coupon online M1PREF which takes $50 off the $239 refurb price. Thanks for posting this review!
Ethan Posted Dec 11, 2011 9:10 PM PST
I have a m1 and cinemin swivel and the swivel is much better!
Andres Posted Apr 29, 2012 9:48 AM PST
Good Moring I need a new Lamp for this model Mini proyector Limited 75 lumen 100 pulgadas 800x600 Micro Proyector Aaxa M1 Plus I am in Buenos Aires ,Doun Town ,Argentina Can you help me please Andrés Billiet Ingeniería en Sistemas Buenos Aires-Argentina Phone:4381-3908/15-3410-1771

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