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Top 5 Essential Accessories For Your Home Projection Experience

Projectors have become an important part of modern homes and offices. Newer models of projectors have extensive range, with more connection settings and ports that enhance the user experience with different options to play and connect your devices. With the increase in projector’s capability, there is also an increase in accessories available for different projectors. There are a few essential accessories that help to improve the image quality while others enhance the viewers’ experience. Some projector accessories include tripods, carrying case, adapters, HDMI cables, etc…

  • Projector Screen: The most important accessory to have with your projector is a good projector screen since it allows for a steady, clear image. The size and quality of the screen depends on the type of projector that you have. Most modern projectors can handle projection up to about 200 inches. It is also important to know how far to position your projector screen based on the projector’s throw ratio.  For rooms that have high ambient light, a light-rejecting projector screen is a must unless you can shut out the light completely.
  • External Speakers: Even though projectors have improved over the years, some still don’t come with built in speakers or come with very low quality speakers. Having one speaker will be enough to improve the sound quality, enough to enhance the quality of your viewing experience. 
  • Streaming Devices: Many projectors have video input through HDMI, which allows for the use of streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and Chromecast. These devices provide more options to watch your favorite shows and movies without the need to stream videos from your laptop or phone directly to the projector. 
  • Display Adapters: If the connector on your computer or smartphone is different from those on the projector, then you will need to include an adapter in your projector accessories list. The most popular display connectors are Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter, USB-C to HDMI adapter, and Mini HDMI to HDMI. It is important to get the right adapter accessories as you will encounter display errors when using incorrect adapters for iPhone or Samsung smartphones.
  • Carrying case or mounting brackets: The last accessories you should have with your projectors are the mounting brackets and carrying case. If you have a portable pico projector, you can get a carrying case that allows you to carry the projector wherever you go. A mounting bracket is nice to mount the projector into a fixed position.

Top 5 Gaming Projector For All Types of Users

Gaming has come a long way over the last few decades. From old school Nintendo 64 to the latest PlayStation 5, there are many ways to game with the right kind of equipment. Gaming has become more portable with more games coming out on iPhone and Android, allowing gamers to experience gaming anywhere they go. With the increase in Cloud Streaming services like Google Stadia, gamers are able to stream games online through a Cloud server. Big projector companies like Optima, Epson, BenQ, etc.. have improved the specifications of projectors, allowing for faster connection, smoother gameplay, and more importantly, the best overall experience. Here is a list of the Top 5 gaming projectors available for different types of needs and budget. 

1. Optoma UHD38 – Best Gaming Projector($1399)

The Optoma UHD38 is the best overall 4K gaming projector, capable of delivering lightning-fast input lag as low as 4.2ms and a high refresh rate of 240Hz. High refresh and low input lag is the best combination for gamers that are looking for competitive games while still enjoying the overall experience of a Home Entertainment System. For those with the newest consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the projector is perfect for 1080p 120Hz or 4K UHD 60Hz game play with the blur-free visuals and outstanding smoothness. This 4K projector also has High Dynamic Range (HDR), HLG compatibility, and an 8-segment color wheel to produce vivid color depth, crystal clear detail, and brilliant contrast for TV and movie fans. 

2. BenQ HT2050A – Best Budget Gaming Projector ($749)

If you are looking for a budget gaming projector, The BenQ HT2050A is a good projector to look at. At the price of $750, the HT2050A can get as low as 16ms of input lag, which is impressive for any display that’s not also offering a high refresh rate. The projector also has 2200 Lumens brightness, offers excellent color accuracy, contrast, a solid black level, and three-dimensionality for 2D video. 

3. BenQ X1300i – Best Gaming Projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X ($1299)

The BenQ X1300i is 1080P and  4K HDR READY with 3000 ANSI lumen brightness. For the gamers, the BenQ X1300i presents Game Mode FPS, RPG, and SPG, which fine-tunes audio and images at the same time. Game mode allows for Low latency of 8.3ms@1080p/120Hz with huge, bright, sharp images and equalized audio. This powerful projector is compatible with major consoles like Sony PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X, Google stadia, and many more. The BenQ X1300i is a smart projector that comes with Google-certified Android TV and Google Play store, allowing users up to 5,000+ of the latest Android apps, movies, shows, live sports, games, and music.

4. Epson EF-100 – Best Smart Projector($899)

For gamers that like to play games from the App Store or Google Play Store, the Epson EF-100 is powered by Google’s Android TV, so  all your favorite streaming apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, WatchESPN, and games are all available to play directly from your projector. You can connect your smartphone easily with the smart features that the Epson EF-100 offers. The Epson EF-100 projector also offers true, 3-Chip Projector Design, an advanced 3LCD technology  that displays 100 percent of the RGB color signal for every frame without any “rainbowing” or “color brightness” issues, according to Epson’s website. 

5. Anker Nebula Capsule II – Best Portable Gaming Projector($579)

This projector is ideal for use in low-light environments.using cutting-edge DLP technology that creates a stunning 720p 200-ANSI-lumen image. Powered by Android TV 9.0, the Anker Nebula easily connects with your smart devices to provide over 5,000 streaming apps and games. The Premium speakers produce pulse-pounding clarity for all to hear, perfect for casual and light gaming. 

The 5 Best Mini Projectors For Your Home Theater

Have you ever wanted to own a projector but then you asked yourself “Do I really need it?” I always asked myself that question until I owned one myself and then it changed my whole home movie streaming experience. Currently, I own the 4K1 Mini Projector from AAXA Technologies the main thing I enjoy using it for is streaming shows and movies. Here’s a list of the best mini-projectors for your home theater.

  1. AAXA 4K1 Mini Projector $999.00

The AAXA 4K1 mini projector is one of the best projectors in the market. Being able to project in 4K Ultra HD Resolution really shows the power it. The projector screen is very clear for its price seeing as though most 4K Mini Projector prices range over thousands of dollars. This could be used not only for an inside-home theater projector screen but also as an outdoor projector. 

Where to buy: AAXA 4K1 Mini Projector

Some more information about 4K Mini Projectors: Is LED Projection Taking Over The Projector Market?

  1. Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector $1,329.95

I’d say it’s safe to say that most people are very familiar with Sony and their work in the entertainment industry and how well they produce their products. The Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector is one of the slimmer-designed mini projectors for your outdoor movie screen. For the design and the portability of this mini projector, it’s definitely on the pricier side. The native resolution is 854 by 480 pixels, a.k.a WVGA, effectively a 16:9 aspect ratio and a common resolution for low-brightness pico projectors. On the plus side, it weighs less than 1 pound, making it possible to take it anywhere you want! Perfect for an outdoor movie screen as an outdoor projector.

 

Where to buy: Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector

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  1. AAXA P6X Pico Projector $359.00

AAXA is definitely a pioneer in the mini projector industry, their newly released P6X Pico Projector is the world’s brightest battery-powered mini projector. This will definitely be a great addition to anyone’s outdoor movie screen. At its current price, I’d say it’s a steal of a projector that can deliver 1000 LED Lumens solely on battery! Being able to run a 4-hour battery life on a 160” image display, will be perfect for a binge outdoor projector. 

Where to buy: AAXA P6X Pico Projector

More Information on the P6X Pico Projector: AAXA P6X Mini Pico Projector

  1. LG Minibeam LED Projector $454.49

LG is well known for their work with Monitors and TVs but did you also know they’re great with their Mini Projectors as well? The LG Minibeam LED Projector is a great budget mini projector for your outdoor movie screen.  It provides 720p (1,280-by-720) native resolution at a 16:9 aspect ratio and has a rated brightness of 550 lumens which is lower than the 1000-lumen rating of the AAXA P6X Pico Projector.

Where to buy LG Minibeam LED Projector

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  1. P7 Pico Projector $419.00

Another addition to the AAXA family would need to be the P7 Pico Projector. This mini projector is a small handheld projector with a native 1080p HD resolution. The P7 measures just 2.7 by 4.7 by 4.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.4 pounds. The P7 is a DLP projector with an LED-based light source. The rated brightness is 600 lumens when the P7 is powered through its AC adapter, or 450 lumens when using the rechargeable lithium-ion battery. With the rechargeable battery, you will be able to operate for up to 90 minutes, perfect for short movies or videos on the go. 

Where to buy: P7 Pico Projector

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The New AAXA BP1, A Portable Speaker with Built-in Mini Projector!

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The projector company known as AAXA Technologies has just released its newest product that will change how we view audio and projection technology. The new BP1 is both a portable Bluetooth speaker and a projector! This audio and visual combo comes with a 12 Watt Speaker System and a 100-lumen pico projector, that can project a screen of up to 60″ in low lighting. To top it off, the BP1 also comes with a 12000 mAh battery pack that serves as a power bank, allowing you to charge your smart devices!

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The BP1 has a throw ratio of 1.65:1 thanks to the built-in Texas Instruments DLP pico projector, along with a lamp life of 15,000 hours. The built-in pico projector utilizes a manual focus switch that is located with the rest of the digital ports on the back of the BP1. The BP1 is extremely versatile as it comes with HDMI, Micro SD, USB 2.0, 3.5mm, and USB-C ports. On a closer look at the back of this speaker projector, you will see a toggle switch which allows you to switch from the power bank to BT Speaker.

The huge 12000 mAh battery packed equipped with the BP1 gives this speaker, projector combo even more portability. The BP1 is listed as having a run time of 6 hours on a full charge. This makes it the ultimate portable device as users can either project their smart device by mirroring via USB-C port, or play music by connecting via Bluetooth. In terms of pricing, the new BP1 is extremely well priced for all of its features. At only $155 this portable speaker projector offers more versatility and portability than the portable speakers and projectors currently on the market for under $200! Check it out yourself on AAXA’s Website by clicking here!

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New iMac Comes With Built-In Micro Projector

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Harping off the momentum of Apple’s iPhone 12 with a built-in mini projector, Apple has released a patent showing an iMac projecting its screen onto the back wall. The tech company based out of Silicon Valley is exploring new ways to improve the iMac’s display. This trend towards using more pico projectors is exciting for the industry!

Paul X. Wang and Joshua P. Song were the engineers that came up with the idea to have the iMac use projection technology to display all sides of the screen directly onto the wall. The new iMac is said to come with two mini projectors, one on each side, and utilizes various unnamed sensors to create a desktop extension without buying any other equipment.

Even though there is a large possibility that this may never come into fruition as Apple is simply exploring the idea, this is great news for the pico projector market. The large commercial use of pico projectors and research into projection technology will hopefully lead to some cool advances for the pico projector consumer market.

Pico Projectors Are A Photographer’s Secret Weapon!

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A trend that has been seen frequently on the TikTok ForYou Page is the use of projectors to enhance and stylize creative portraits. Using a standard and a pico projector in the photography studio. This creates an awesome background effect that gives looks more realistic when compared to using effects in post-production. The amount of mobility you have when using a pico projector makes taking these photos a breeze. 

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Playing around with the different backdrops, adjusting the brightness, and messing with the focus of the projector can completely enhance the mood of each portrait. A cool hack that has been highly discussed is having projectors with a high lumen output for great background photography. Thankfully there are tons to choose from right now, the mini projector market has projects with a really high Lumen output. Using a high lumen projector brings the model into focus while naturally blurring the background.

To avoid the mobility and weight issues with the standard projectors, look at the market of micro and pico projectors for a compact product that packs a mean punch! Not only are pico projectors more affordable but they also give you more bang for your buck. Projectors like AAXA’s P300 Neo and the Cinemood Portable Theatre let the photographer try different angles because of their compact size. In terms of brightness, these pico projectors shine bright on effects on your subjects as the Anker boasts a solid 200 lumens and the P7 has a whopping 600 lumens.

Try this little hack out on your next photoshoot and comment below how it worked for you. If you need more inspiration for types of shoots you can do while using a micro projector click on this link!

Does Apple’s New iPhone 12 Come With Its Own Mini Projector?!

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Even though the iPhone 11 just became the go-to phone, Apple is making huge moves towards the next generation in their phone line up. Leaks of Apple‘s ideas for the 12 have begun to emerge that is getting the pico and micro projector market buzzing. Yes, the iPhone 12 being the first 5G phone is exciting, but the news that is getting all of us exciting is the fact that the iPhone 12 is suppose to have a built-in mini projector.

Now, this projector isn’t going to be set up the same way we are used to setting our LED micro projectors up at home. To enable this projector instead of pressing a button the user pulls two inserts from either end of the phone and projects in both directions. This allows you to display onto the nearest flat surface to watch movies, games, or watch your Vlogging videos on YouTube. This is an extremely interesting concept that will hopefully open up more doors for the pico projector market. Our biggest concern for this is really the brightness and picture quality. Hopefully, Apple is able to bring their concept to life with enough brightness and picture quality to give pocket projectors that represent the LED Pico Projector community like AAXA’s M6, Vamvo’s Mini, AAXA’s P7, and Sony’s MP-CD1 a good name. Check out the Apple iPhone 12 trailer to see it in action for yourself.

30,000 Lumen Projector at ISE 2020

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Get your sunglasses on and don’t stare directly at the lens. Last month at Integrated System Europe Expo Epson unveiled a projector with a blistering 30,000-lumen output. For a frame of reference, AAXA’s 4k1 mini projector which can comfortably cover a 200″ surface has 1,500 lumens. Epson refers to this projector as the EB-L30000U. By double stacking this projector, users can achieve a high-quality, cost-effective 60,000 4k lumens solution. This bright large venue projector is going to have some great uses for the professional audiovisual company but may be overkill for the standard home theatre. For reference, this video below is what 30,000 Lumens look like.

If you want a projector that is bright but will also not destroy your eyesight and wake the neighbors whenever you watch a movie, I highly recommend you look at the pico projector market. The current pico projector market has produced high-quality projects that shine brighter and have great picture quality. Companies like Optoma, Kodak, AAXA, Epson and others are the front runners of a market that produces projectors that produce a high lumen output, support a great picture quality, and are compact enough to fit in your hand. For example, AAXA Technologies’ P7 boasts a 600 LED Lumen output and supports up to 1080p, and Kodak’s Ultra Mini Pico Projector supports 1080p with 50-100 lumens.

However, if you are an AV professional or you want to have a movie night on the side of your barn then this projector is perfect for you. In all seriousness the advancements with LED technology and picture quality in projectors are exciting, and we can wait to see this trickle down to the pico projector market.

ZTE SPro2 Pico Projector offered exclusively on AT&T

ZTE has been a staple of CES over the past few years, slowly iterating on it’s hotspot-projector combo options always showing up.  The SPro2 is their latest iteration and it brings a number of improvements to the device.  They’ve upped pretty much every spec you can find on the device, it offers 200 Lumens, with a 1280×720 resolution.  The battery is a 6,300 mAH battery, which should provide a lot of room for keeping it charged for hours at a time.  The hotspot built-in is slightly improved as well, offering 4G LTE connectivity with support for up to 10 WiFi devices.

A device like this is a lifesaver for business customers, giving them the freedom and flexibility to do a presentation anywhere, anytime.  The 200 lumens should be bright enough for a small presentation in a moderately lit room, while the Android system onboard and LTE connectivity give it flexibility to download presentations and play them back with ease.

The Android system is a fairly standard system, it has Google Play built-in meaning you can download any app you might have on your phone or tablet, offering TONS of options for playing back content.

The SPro2 also has an HDMI input for when you need a full sized laptop to do a presentation from.  The hotspot built-in is a great tool for anyone on the go as it gives you connectivity in almost any situation.

AT&T hasn’t announced pricing or availability for this yet but we expect it to be within $400-$550 and available probably Q2 of 2015.

We think this will be a solid device, but only if it lives up to the brightness and feature set they claim, we’ll get our hands on one as soon as their available.

AAXA Technologies Releases the World’s Brightest Battery Powered Projector

It’s not everyday that a company releases a groundbreaking product, for AAXA, that day has come with the release of their M4 Mobile LED Projector.

The M4 is a compact projector that houses a new next generation optical engine providing 800 Lumens.  The built-in battery provides around 90 minutes of playback at 400 Lumens, which is still an insane amount for a battery projector.  Another great convenience is that the M4 offers a DTV function, if you have an antenna for your TV, you can plug the Antenna right into the projector and watch TV as you normally would on your TV, this adds a great deal of convenience and functionality to the unit.

AAXA has yet to send us one as a demo unit (please!) but from what content they’ve published on this unit it seems like a serious contender for anyone making presentations, this gives a full sized projector a definite run for it’s money.

Here’s a full breakdown of the specs:

Native Resolution: 1280×800 (WXGA)
Brightness (Plugged In): 800 Lumens
Brightness (Battery): 400 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Maximum Image Size: 150″
Keystone Adjustment: Automatic
Speakers & Audio: 2x 2W Stereo Speakers, Headphone Jack
File Playback: MicroSD & USB Host
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Dimensions: 8.3″ x 5.3″ x 3.1″
Weight: 2.44 lbs

Inputs: HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V, DTV Antenna

You can find more info on the M4 Mobile LED Projector on AAXA’s Website: http://aaxatech.com/products/m4_mobile_led_projector.html

M4 Mobile LED Projector