Control Panel Buttons: The P1's control panel is located on the top of the projector. Its icons are clearly identified, but the buttons are essentially flush with the top surface and unlit. As a result, in a darkened room, it is difficult to feel which button you are about to press. Either a deeper recess or a raised or backlit button would be a nice improvement.
Connectivity: The P1 is limited to two inputs: VGA and composite video. Several projectors in this class offer an HDMI connection and some have a MicroSD or a USB as well.
No Internal Speaker: It is a little surprising that the P1 has no internal speaker. Virtually all other projectors in this class have a one- or two-watt speaker. Of course, a one-watt speaker is not going to fill the room with sound, but it does eliminate the need to provide some other source of audio output.
Placement Flexibility: The P1's fixed throw ratio of 1.16:1 puts up a big picture from a short distance, but with no zoom lens, each image diagonal is available at only one distance from the screen. For example, for a 60" diagonal, the projector will be 4 feet 10 inches from the screen, and if you move the P1, the image size will change.
No Remote Control: While the built-in control panel is fairly simple to use, it is easy to move the projector when making a menu selection or adjustment. It is also more convenient to make menu selections from a remote since you do not have to be near the projector to do so.
With a $499 list price and little in the way of street price discounts, the ASUS P1 is not the least expensive projector in the 200-lumen category. However, it is one of the smallest and lightest, and that goes a long way when lugging a projector around. It lacks a built-in speaker and has no HDMI input, but it does a nice job with both data and video images. The P1's two-year warranty is double that of its closest competitors. It should be considered seriously by mobile presenters.
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