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Great for the price . . . but . . .
on April 29, 2013
First, my primary purpose for this projector is for watching movies. I was looking for a reasonably priced compact projector for use at home and for when we travel. During the research process, I found that I liked this AAXA b/c of the fact that it is so compact, thumb drives can be used, it has HDMI input, and it has an estimated 20,000 hours of lamp life. I really don't want to have to purchase another projector in the next couple of years, and if my math is correct, and everything goes well, this projector should last me at least 18 years! That is, if I watch one three-hour movie every night - that sounds good to me.
First - Shipping: When I was looking at this projector, Amazon listed the shipping time as up to three-months. I thought that was rather strange since the site also indicated that there were 6 in stock. So, I took the chance and ordered it, anyway. The projector arrived in about a week.
Second – Packaging: I was not very happy with the packaging of the projector. My first thought was that this was a returned-repackaged projector. It came in a plain white box with no manuals, instructions, or literature. The projector, itself, was not even in plastic wrap and the front lens plastic bezel ring was not attached; I was able to easily snap it back into place, though. The projector came with the power cord, remote control, and an AV cable.
Third – performance: I've used the projector a few times and I think it projects a great image. However, there are some things that some might be concerned with. 1) With previous projectors, I've had the capability of setting up the projector at a fixed location and adjusting the screen size on the wall (throw distance). With this projector, you have to move the projector away from the screen/wall until you get to the point that the image fits the screen/wall. 2) The cooling fan is very loud. And I don’t have it set up in the “Boost Brightness Mode”, which is supposed to amp up the fan’s speed, and thus make it even louder. That being said, it has not been too much of a problem since I have external speakers hooked up to the projector. 3) A very big concern I have is with the power adapter box. At the end of a two-hour movie, the box is VERY hot; almost too hot to handle. I can’t recall ever having a power adapter get that hot. I’m wondering if this is a problem, or if this is normal – I’m going to contact the manufacturer to find out.
Overall, the product seems to be working fine. I like having a compact projector for trips and home movie use. I've used this with the HDMI, composite video, and USB inputs and all seem to produce a very clear picture. I've read that HDMI input is not as clear, however, I've not experienced any negative performance issues, myself. The built-in speakers will work in a pinch, although I recommend plugging in external speakers – if you’re watching a movie on the wall, then you probably want better sound than from two small digital speakers trying to compete with the loud fan.