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Interactive Projector: Amazon Glow

Amazon newest innovative tech is the Amazon Glow, an interactive  video-conferencing device with a built-in tabletop projector. The main goal is to allow kids to be interactive while communicating with friends and family across different locations. With the ability to project games, books, pictures, or puzzles, this allows the kids and parents(also grandparents) to play and talk together at the same time

The Amazon Glow comes with new features such as a shared display, showing what the kid sees and mirroring it on a remote iPad. Books, games, and some basic learning apps are different activities that the Amazon Glow can display. This is all connected to the Amazon’s Kids Plus ecosystem, a subscription based to connect the whole family. Parents will need to learn how to set up the Glow and teach their child the basics. Amazon targeted children between the ages of three through nine, so setting up age restriction contents might be important for many parents. The Amazon Glow projects a 8-inch screen for video chat and is able to project a 22 inches screen using the screen mat. At the moment, the Amazon Glow is not yet released, but has a retail price of $299.99 and is looking to release around mid-October 2021.

Digital Art Projector: Artograph Flare 450

There are many ways to produce art, from pen and paper to photoshop. With the advancement in technologies, there are many alternate options to expressing your creativity. One company, Studio Design Artograph, is a company that is focused on making the creative process more rewarding and productive for customers while motivating them to discover and enjoy their creative inner self. One projector that they sell, the Artograph Flare 450, is the latest LED digital projector. This digital projector produces a high-definition picture that’s bright and vivid. The 420 lux display a native 1920 x 1080 image. The LED lights have a 30,000-hour lifespan and run on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for up to 150 minutes in eco mode, or simply leave the projector plugged in for longer sessions. The Flare 450 is small and lightweight for maximum portability, but its powerful lens can project images up to 120″.

Applications for Flare 450 Digital Projector:

  • Use projector to draw your favorite picture by using the 12 built in Grid Patterns to help guide you
  • The small Pico projector allows you to be portable with your creativity
  • The 150 minutes of battery life on ECO mode is perfect for little side projects

More Info on Projector: Flare 450 Digital Projector

5 Things To Look Out For When Buying A Refurbished Projector

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Buying a projector is no simple task, as you would want to get the right projector for your specific needs. What’s even harder is purchasing a refurbished model instead of a new one. Most people assume that refurbished is a fancier way of saying “Used”, however, this is not really the case! Most refurbished items are practically brand new items! Today, we’re going to go over 5 things to look out for when buying a refurbished projector.

1. Pricing

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Starting off with pricing, this is a key component when purchasing a refurbished projector. The reason being is that sellers/companies tend to lower the price on refurbished projectors that may have some issues. Doing research a not settling down for the cheapest option can save you a lot of time and money!

2. Packaging & Accessories

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Next up we have the packaging or the box the refurbished projector is in. You will want to reach out to whoever you are thinking about purchasing your refurbished projector from. This way you will get a better understanding of what you will be given before the purchase is made. Asking simple questions like, “Does it come in original packaging” or “Are all the original accessories included”, are sure-fire ways to determine if what you are thinking about purchasing is worth it or not.

3. Age

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You will want to determine the age of the refurbished model you are looking into purchasing and when it was originally manufactured. You don’t want to purchase a refurbished projector that has a 1-Year Warranty Replacement, only to find out that the projector is not manufactured anymore!

4. Cosmetics

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Cosmetic defects are something to expect when purchasing a refurbished model. In most cases, there are little to no cosmetic defects when purchasing refurbished products. However, some companies tend to grade their products depending on the severity of cosmetic defects there are. Reaching out to the seller will give you a better understanding of what grades they have in stock!

5. Quality

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Lastly is quality, testing the product and comparing it to a newer version should do you justice. This helps to determine if the refurbished model is really considered refurbished or used. When looking into refurbished projectors, you will want to check the quality of the color, buttons, ports, and lastly brightness.

If you haven’t already, go check out our previous post: The Benefits of Purchasing Refurbished Projectors

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.

New and Upcoming Projectors for Summer 2021

As we move into mid Summer 2021, there are new releases of gaming and home entertainment projectors, perfect for those outdoor summer night movies or home theater movies. Sony, LG, Optima, and AAXA all released projectors models this summer that are big improvements over the last models.

Sony Electronics Unveils Two New Native 4K Home Cinema Projectors

Sony’s new 4K home cinema projectors, the VPL-VW1025ES model and VPL-VW325ES model, will replace the VPL-VW995ES and VPL-VW295ES respectively. The price for the VPL-VW1025ES is expensive at $39,999 while a price of $5499 for the VPL-VW325ES. These models will have the latest  X1 processor for projector and bring you the best of Sony’s image processing. The projectors also have Dynamic HDR Enhancer that enhances scene by scene with striking and realistic picture quality. The VPL-VW1025ES model uses an ARC-F lens, which delivers pristine image quality across the entire screen. This optimizes the red, green, and blue primary colors at the extreme edges of the screen, for a clear and vivid image.

LG Professional PROBEAM Laser Projectors

LG Business Solutions has launched its brightest projectors ever, the new LG ProBeam BU60PST and LG ProBeam BF60PST at a price of $4999 and $3499 respectively. These laser projectors are designed for professional signage installations in medium to large-sized spaces .The new LG ProBeam BU60PST and LG ProBeam BF60PST have 6000 ANSI lumens, a 20 percent increase over LG’s next brightest models. The main difference between the two models is the maximum resolution, with the ProBeam BU60PST offering 4K UHD (3840×2160) and the ProBeam BF60PST delivering WUXGA (1920×1200).

 Optoma’s 240Hz, UHD35/UHD38 4K UHD Gaming and Home Entertainment Projectors

Optima unveiled its UHD35 and UHD38 projectors – lightning-fast, low latency 4K UHD home entertainment and gaming projectors that improve upon the popular UHD30 model. Gaming on projectors requires more specific specifications with the input responses of the UHD35 and UHD38 delivering an unparalleled ultra-low input lag of 4.2ms in Enhanced Gaming Mode. Based on resolution and refresh rate, the response times for the UHD35 and UHD38 are:

4K UHD @ 60Hz: 16.7ms; 1080P @ 60Hz: 16.7ms; 1080P @ 120Hz: 8.9ms; 1080P @ 240Hz: 4.2ms. The price for the UHD35 and UHD38 are $1299  and $1399 respectively. 

AAXA Technologies announces the release of the M7 Pico Projector

AAXA Technologies recently announced the release of the M7 Pico Projector with a price of $600. A Pico projector that is portable with battery life up to 3 hours in ECO mode. Although this projector is cheaper and smaller than the projector that was also released this summer, like the Sony and Optima, it still represents the cutting edge of Pico Projector technology using Texas Instruments advanced DLP 1920×1080 (1080P) native resolution with the latest generation Osram LEDs, allowing for up to 200” of image in dark areas. 

Vankyo V630 LED Projector VS. AAXA P6X Mini Projector

There is a myth that portable projectors which operate on batteries often have lower brightness or lumen rating than traditional projectors which lack built-in battery. Is it necessarily true? Today we’re going to review and compare the Vankyo V630 Projector 1080P HD LCD and compare it to the brand new AAXA P6X Mini Projector for Outdoor Movie and Backyard Movie Theater.

Size & Portability

Now I think what jumps out immediately is the size comparison, the AAXA projector is much smaller than the vankyo projector and much lighter. With the P6X only being at 1.81lbs and the V630 being at 5.95lbs. The Vanko Mini Projector 1080P HD will need a continuous power source, will not be hand-held, and not portable. The AAXA portable projector will have a 4-hour battery in eco mode, it comes with a tripod, and it is a 100% hand-held pico projector. Our verdict: The AAXA P6X Portable  Projector wins in size and portability.

Link: World’s Brightest Battery-powered Pico Projector

Resolution Comparison

The Vankyo V630 Projector claims 1080p which is Full HD Resolution 1920 x 1080p. Note that the throw ratio and the lumen rating are missing in their official manual. The AAXA P6X goes green with an electrical manual. It is very detailed with 42 zoomable pages. The AAXA P6X claims a native resolution of WXGA which is 1280 x 800 Pixels. The Vankyo V630 Projector has some focus problems and the Images on the edge are out of focus, it has unreadable small texts on the left of the projection. We hope this issue only happens to the unit we ordered.

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The AAXA P6X Mini projector has sharp images in perfect focus while the Vankyo Projector V630 has focus issues

Link: Comparison Video AAXA P6X vs Vankyo V630

Lumen (brightness) & Color Quality

AAXA P6X has 1000 LED Lumens on battery and 1100 LED Lumens plugged in thus

giving brighter image quality. This projector is perfect for those looking for the great clarity of an image. The Lumen rating of the V630 is unavailable in the manual so we are unable to say how bright their projector can actually be. Based on our initial observation, the Vankyo projector does not seem to have a greater Lumen rating compared to the P6X.

The AAXA P6X boasts vibrant colors and crisp details, whereas the Vankyo 630 has washout images and colors in a low-light room. It seems that the Vankyo projector falls short in terms of color quality most likely due to the lower-end Lumen rating it has.

Final Words

The Vankyo V630 costs $249.99 and the AAXA P6X costs $359.99, would you pay $110 more for portability and better image quality? Overall the AAXA P6X seems to be the best bang for your buck projector in terms of overall convenience. With the Vankyo V630 still being a good option, it’s safe to say that paying extra would definitely be better in the long run. 

Link: Review Vankyo 1080p Movie Theater Projector Versus AAXA Mini Projector

New! AAXA P6X Mini Projector – World’s Brightest Battery-powered Pico Projector

2021 Mini Projector 100% Portable with 4- Hour Battery 1080P Support

The well-respected brand AAXA Technology who lives and dies in the pico projector world has released its newest product – the P6X “World’s Brightest Battery-Powered Pico Projector”. Aiming at the business projector market, theP6X Pico Projector is fully portable with a massive 12,000mAh battery, which allows 4-hour playtime in native WXGA HD resolution. In partnership with Texas Instruments DLP and Osram LED Technology, the projector delivers crisp text
and amazing color quality for presentations at up to 160” projection display. The P6X’s exceptional brightness level of 1000 LED Lumens in Eco Mode promises to light up your meeting, boost your confidence, polish your public speaking skills while efficiently eliminating the struggle of tangled cords and power supplies.

Multiple-input Mini Projector

AAXA Technologies’ products are known for their multi-input interfaces, and this time the P6X Pico Projector does not fail to meet your expectations. In contrast with its tiny size and light-weight of only 1.8 pounds, the projector is equipped with any input option that you need for a presentation. Besides the old-but-gold full size 2.0 USB input which is sufficient for PowerPoint slides, Photo & Video streaming, and even Smart Phone charging, the P6X Pico Projector has a wide range of connection input such as HDMI input, composite AV 3.5 mm jack, 3.5mm Stereo Headphone output jack, and Micro SD/ TF Card slot. You name it, the P6X Pico Projector has it.

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The average human attention span has been decreasing to an extent that our attention length is no better than a notoriously ill-focused goldfish, and that does not help with your presentation at all. Wondering how to spice up your presentation and get more people to engage? The P6X’s premium speakers are the answer: the built-in dual 4W High-Low stereo speaker delivers immersive & impressive sound quality to any motivational TED-talk video you would like to share with your co-workers.

Best Outdoor Projector for a Movie Night

Screen mirroring is another interesting feature of the P6X Pico Projector. If you have a mirroring cable, you can connect your smart devices to the P6X’s HDMI input and watch YouTube vlogs, Netflix & Hulu movies & shows, viral TikTok stories, Instagram’s reels & IGTV videos, Twitch live streams on a bigger screen. At this point, the P6X Pico Projector is not only a modern business projector but also a versatile entertainment device that brings joy to your next camping trip, outdoor movie night, and at-home work-out session. Without the need to be connected to a power source, the P6X Pico Projector brings about extreme portability and limitless fun at an
affordable price (only $3xx). Check it out yourself on AAXA’s Website or Amazon for free 2-day Prime delivery! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SHZKRHC/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza

Xbox Concept With Its Very Own Projector

Gamers, Audiophiles, and Pico Projector fans are marveling at the concept of what some gamers think should be the next rendition of Xbox Consoles! Introducing the Xbox Project Oris; this concept utilizes AI technology, Speaker systems, and a Pico Projector to give the ultimate gaming experience.
The Xbox Project Oris is the creation of designer Joseph Dumary, who answered the question whether “game consoles should remain just a console”, and designed a new Xbox console that not only includes an audiophile 3D speaker system but also projects a high-resolution image of games thanks to a built-in pico projector.
The projector is the star of the Project Oris, the laser projector, a short-throw unit with high dynamic contrast uses Motion+ technology and automatic wall detection. Brightness is rated at 2,500 lumens and its lamp life is estimated at 23,000 hours.
This concept, of having one portable video game console that delivers audiophile sound quality and high-resolution gameplay via micro projectors is the stuff that dreams are made of. From Gamers to Audiophiles to Pico Projector fans, this concept is an overall buy!

Wearable Micro Projector Confuses AI Facial Recognition

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Our parents always told us not to stick our face to close to the screen. Well, this new wearable technology makes it so the screen gets stuck to your face. Designed by product designer Jing-cai Lu, this wearable micro projector shines a variety of faces on top of yours in order to confuse even the top AI facial recognition systems. With how common the use of facial recognition is becoming in various countries, and soon the United States, the daily privacy of the individual has become a hot topic.

This wearable pico projector gives rise to a new form of anonymity and is currently in limited productions. This level of privacy makes you ask the question, is this necessary? According to Lu, it is. Lu is quoted as saying, “In the future, the advertisement could call your name when you walk along the streets. The companies would know your personal interests and may set different retail strategies for you. It could be convenient for customers, but personal thoughts and opinions should be kept private. This product protects you from this privacy violation”. As horrifying as this may look to certain people, I must admit this is one cool use of projection technology! Talk about a portable projector!

New Projector Tablet – Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 Review

Recently, Lenovo released the newest member of the Yoga Tablet line, the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro.  A new type of tablet targeted at professionals on the move that need to be able to set up and give a presentation quickly and effectively.  There are a few major differences with this tablet that make it stand out from the other ones on the market currently.  The first, and one of the main marketing points on the tablet for Lenovo is the integrated Pico Projector, the tablet has a round base where the battery, projector, and power button are located, and this round part also has additional functionality as the stand for the projector when it is in stand up mode.  The tablet also sports a HUGE 13” screen at an awesome resolution for HD viewing, this screen is so big that it almost feels like you’re using a touch screen desktop.  The aluminum body of the tablet only helps to make the product feel solid and well made, however with this comes a lot of additional weight.  All of these features add up to make a solid product that could help most professionals (or even those who just want a sweet tablet) get things done faster and more effectively, so without further ado let’s get onto the review of this unusual tablet.
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Size and Usability:

With a screen clocking in at 13.3” no one can call this tablet small, in fact as far as tablets go this thing is a behemoth clad in an aluminum body that brings the weight of the device to a whopping 2 pounds which for a handheld device can start to get heavy after a while.  The huge screen allows for a huge keyboard, which really helps when using the tablet, it’s so big that it almost feels like using a normal keyboard on a desktop or laptop and it’s crisp resolution of 2560 x 1440 allows for a clear image no matter what size image you are viewing.  It’s an IPS display to boot which means it’s got a good response time and good color temperatures, the touch sensing technology is capacitive which means you get a nice smooth glass feel to the screen and that there is a much lower chance of scratching the screen.

The body of the tablet is designed very well, the cylindrical hinge at the bottom of the unit is the heaviest part of the unit and is generally the surface that the tablet will sit on while in use.  The hinge used is made of aluminum and is very rigid to the body of the tablet, this makes it very hard to move but is also a good thing because when the tablet is sitting up straight it allows for easy typing and no movement of the tablet when the screen is touched (a common issue with stand cases for tablets).

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One thing we’d like to point out is that this is no Nexus 7, you aren’t going to be using this with one hand, in fact you’ll probably be cradling it in one arm while using it due to its large size and weight, we found it very uncomfortable to hold in a standing position for more than 5 minutes at a time, at that point we found ourselves opening up the stand and setting this beast down.

The sound is an 8w UBL speaker located on the back of the projector which produces great sound, actually the best we’ve ever heard out of a tablet, for the first time ever bass tones are audible and the treble is clear and crisp.  This may be due to the massive amount of space that Lenovo was allotted to fit a speaker however we were impressed by its quality and volume, it’s definitely something that could produce enough sound for several people to hear while watching a video on the built in projector.  As for the projector, we’re going to be talking about that later in the review for several reasons, mainly though we felt that it just deserved its own section for good and bad reasons.

Projector

Now for the most juicy part of the review, the part that most people interested in the Yoga Tablet 2 Pro came here to read about, and the part that Lenovo probably doesn’t want the most true coverage on; The projector.

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It is one of the first mobile products we’ve seen that has a usable built in projector.  With all of the older mobile products with projection there was always the issue of positioning.  How do you use the phone to present and also have the projector in the right position and in focus?  This was especially true because there was just no way that you were fitting a tripod mount on a phone or a tablet.  This is where that sturdy stand on the bottom of the Lenovo tablet comes in.  By using the tablet in stand mode you are able to adjust the horizontal keystone of the projection by adjusting the stand, given that you are using a flat surface to project from this should allow you to get a good usable image out of the tablet, it is also very easy to use while it is in this position as it allows the user to sit and basically use the tablet normally without sacrificing the image quality.

Now for the bad parts, first let’s talk about the brightness.  The projector is dim to say the least, at 50 lumens it creates a dim image even in completely dark conditions, although it does beat the Lumi-tab’s 35 lumen projector, a 50 lumen projector would be barely visible in a lit room.  The focus mechanism on the projector is a small slider on the back of the unit near the lens of the projector, the slider is semi-stiff and hard to do small movements with and thus is hard to get the perfect focus, and we found it easier to physically move the whole tablet back and forth to get the correct focus.

Even when fully focused the projector doesn’t produce the clearest of images which could be due to the fact that when you hold the tablet the lens naturally touches your skin and gets smudges on it, but even when clean viewing text and web pages seemed to have a slight pixilation to the image which made text somewhat hard to read.  When viewing a movie the projector looked just fine, except on dark scenes where the brightness of the projector came into play and it became hard to differentiate objects in the shadows.  Lastly, the projector can only be used while the tablet is in a horizontal position, which means you aren’t going to be holding it while projecting like they showed in the promotional videos for the tablet.  Although we’re sure that most users are going to be using it on a table anyways it should be that big of a deal, but we did feel a bit cheated when we held it up to project onto a wall and the projection was completely sideways.

Projection Comparison

For a comparison, we set the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro up against an AAXA Technologies P3-X Pico Projector to test the brightness, sharpness and ease of use. In this demonstration, we have hooked up the AAXA P3-X to an iPhone 6 using an Apple digital AV adapter and an HDMI to mini HDMI cable. We will post a video later demonstrating the difference between the two, but we did take a couple of images which show a pretty stark difference.

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As you can see, the 70 lumen AAXA Technologies P3-X (left side) outshined the tablet pretty convincingly. Additionally,  the difficulty in focusing the tablet makes a dedicated micro-projector a much better option for  projection needs.

That’s about all we have to say bad about the projector in the in Yoga Tablet Pro 2,  it’s definitely a product that you could use for personal viewing and for a quick set-up for a business presentation, but we wouldn’t recommend it for much else. 

Specs

In this section we’ll go over the direct specs of the projector just so that you have a reference when you’re looking at this tablet vs others.

Processor: Intel® Atom™ Z3745 Processor

RAM: 2GB LPDDR3

Storage: 32GB internal, up to 64GB SD card for additional storage.

Sensors: G-Sensor, e-Compass, Ambient Light, Hall, and Vibration.

Cameras: Rear 8MP F2.2 with Auto focus, Front 1.6 MP HD

Wireless: Wifi 802.11 a/b/g/n MiMo 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz Dual Band, Bluetooth 4.0

Ports: Micro USB, 3.5 Audio Jack, Micro SD Card

Battery: 9600 mAh (up to 15 hours use time)

Screen: 13.3” 2560×1440 IPS display, Capacitive Touch, 10-point multi-touch

Sound: 2x Front Chamber speakers, 1x JBL subwoofer with Dolby audio, Wolfson Master Hi-Fi Codec

OS: Android 4.4 KitKat

Weight: 2.09 lbs

As you can see it’s got pretty average specs as far as high end tablets go, but it’s definitely a lot more powerful than your average sub $200 tablet.

 

Results

In conclusion, the Yoga Tablet Pro 2 is definitely a cool product that deserves its place in Lenovo’s line-up as one of their main tablets, although unique with its projector we honestly just found it to be such a low quality projector that it wasn’t really usable in a professional situation, we’d still recommend that you go the route of just getting a Pico Projector and hooking it up to a cheap tablet or laptop if you’re looking for a portable projection solution. The results will be a lot better and it will still most likely be cheaper than this tablet/projector combo.  But if you’re just looking for a big tablet to maybe replace a laptop or just something to easily set up and project movies for a couple of friends or yourself then this tablet will fit the mold, it’s definitely not something to immediately pass up as a multimedia tablet but may be something to overlook if you’re looking for a projector.