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AAXA LED Pico Projector Review – Extremely Enhanced Level of Portability


Image Quality
Sound Quality
Ease of Use
Price/Performance Ratio
  • Reads files from USB memory keys and microSD cards
  • Extremely portable
  • Supports MHL connections to tablets, smartphones, and other devices
  • No VGA input
  • Pretty low volume
This great mini projector is really inexpensive, and delivers a good resolution at 960 x 540 (one-quarter the pixels of 1080p HD). It is extremely portable as it fits even in your shirt pocket, and its portability is more enhanced with the addition of a mini-HDMI port which makes it a great option for projecting images from your tablet or smartphone that supports MHL. At 0.7 x 2.4 x 4.3 inches (HWD), and 5 ounces, the LED Pico is exceptionally small and light.

It doesn’t even require the power block that some mini projectors do, which effectively adds to their size and weight. You just have to bring a USB charging cable that you can plug into any USB charger or USB port. And this can be the same charger or cable you are already using for your smartphone. Whilst it is true that this inexpensive and really small projector doesn’t boast perfect image and sound quality, it can be a really good choice, especially as a companion to a tablet or smartphone.

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Key Features – Great for Such a Small Projector

The LED Pico isn’t built around DLP chip like most pico projectors, but around an LCoS chip. Beyond that, it boasts the usual design of utilizing an LED light source which is meant to last as long as the projector does, which is in this case 15,000 hours.

Besides the mini-HDMI port, this projector offers a USB A port and a microSD card slot, which enhances the LED Pico’s portability even more by allowing it to read files directly from USB memory key and memory cards. The only other port would be an AV connector for stereo audio and composite video. The only thing missing from this list is a way to connect to a computer which lacks an HDMI port.

Setup – Simple and Easy

Setup is usual for a pico projector. The initial step is connection of the charging cable to the projector, as well as a charger or USB port to let the battery charge. According to manufacturer, a fully charged battery on AAXA LED Pico projector is good for 80 minutes. A big plus is that in fact lasted longer than 80 minutes in some tests.

In order to use this projector, you plug in the adequate cable, memory card, or USB key, press the power button, then point the LED Pico at whatever you are using for your screen, and focus. There is no zoom on this projector, but this is typical for pico projectors, so the only way to regulate the image size would be to move the projector. One significant touch is the fact that the focus thumbwheel is much easier to control than with many projectors. This makes finding the appropriate setting for good focus much easier.