Aiptek PJV11X PocketCinema V10 Portable Projector (Silver)
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- Handheld portable projector
- VGA resolution at 640x480
- Projects image up to 42 inches from up to five feet away
- Project images from iPods camcorders game consoles and other devices with composite AV out
- Supports JPEG MPEG4 H.264 and MP3 formats
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Portable Media Players are a thing of the past. What good is watching your favorite movie or TV show on a 2 inch screen. Slip the Aiptek PocketCinema into your pocket and you'll be able to project a 42 inch image on any surface. And with support for up to 8GB SDHC cards, you'll be able to carry hours and hours of video with you. James Bond never had it this good. Features include LCos optical technology developed by 3M, project images up to 42 inches at over five feet away, project images from iPod, digital cameras, camcorders, mobile phones, and game consoles with composite AV out, supports JPEG, Video, and MP3, VGA resolution of 640x480, 10 lumens brightness, 4x3 aspect ratio, manual zoom and focus, can accept video in MPEG4, H.264, and AVI, MP3 audio, and 1GB of internal memory. Package contents include pocket cinema projector, power adapter, compact alloy tripod, usb cable, av cable, li-ion battery, remote control, pouch, quick start guide and CD with Arcsoft Media Converter software.
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Portable Media Players are a thing of the past. What good is watching your favorite movie or TV show on a 2 inch screen? Slip the Aiptek PocketCinema into your pocket and you'll be able to project a 42 inch image on any surface! And with support for up to 8GB SDHC cards, you'll be able to carry hours and hours of video with you. James Bond never had it this good!
- Innovative handheld-size projector projects image on various surfaces in dark rooms!
- LCoS Optical Technology Developed by 3M
- Projects Image Size up to 42 feet at over 5 Feet Away
- LED Light Source for Durable Use
- Projects Image from iPod, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Mobile Phones, and Game Consoles w/ AV-Out
- Supports JPEG, Video, and MP3
- A Handy Tool for Personal Entertainment and Small Group Meetings
- A True Mobile Product w/ Miniature Size and Battery
- Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, Vista
- Pentium III - 800 MHz or above
- 50 MB free hard drive space for program installation
- 256 MB RAM (512 MB DDR RAM Recommended)
- 16-bit color display at 800 x 600 or above (32 MB video memory w/ DirectX 3D support recommended)
- DirectX 9.0c or above
- Windows Media Player 9 or above
- QuickTime 6.5 or above
- RealPlayer 8 or above
- Customers can connect their devices that use RCA or composite cables via the AV in port with included AV cable.
- Customers can transfer information from their computers to be shown on the projector by USB to the internal memory or via an SD card.
- PowerPoint presentation files can save to .jpg file format, while video files can be converted by using the included ArcSoft Media Converter V. 2.5 software.
- The program converts (H.264-1080P/30FPS-720/60FPS.mov Aiptek HD files) along with MPEG4, .ASF, (Non-encoded AVI).
- Non-Encoded-AVI means DiVX or 3ivx doesn't convert.
- The converted file is MPEG4-.ASF or MJPEG-AVI Arc Soft Encoded and comes out at 640 x 480.
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There are many applications for this product, but before I go into my uses and thoughts I should point out that this device does take a certain knowledge concepts like JPEG, MPEG, MP3 and file conversion. You don't have to be a tech genius to work this device at all, but it helps to have a basic understanding.
Overall, this product delivers on the concept of having a reliable, portable, multi-format projector in an extremely compact size. It's about the size of your average digital camera or a little bigger than an Ipod but for what it is capable of, I find it to be extremely small. You can truly fit the device in your pocket.
It uses multiple methods of attaining images to project. You can use an SD card (which I found easiest) or you can load files onto the device. You can also use AV cables with the included adapter. Some AV devices do have a direct connection cable that would work but I'm not sure what the size or standard for that would be. For example. I was able to connect my Wii directly to the device with the AV cables and Video and sound were both functioning.
Depending on how close you are to the projection destination (I use a white wall) your image can actually be quite bright. Is it the crispest image ever? No . But it is pretty remarkable for the size. Color saturation is also decent. I didn't notice any lag when playing video files on the device.
Battery life was pretty good, I get about an hour depending on what I am doing but you can also keep the device plugged in.
I was able to do a complete power point presentation with the device by converting the files to JPEG (right in PPT). My audience was very impressed that I had the whole presentation, including projection in my pocket.
I was able to project the image from the device all the way across my room. Im complete darkness it worked fine but you may want to be closer to your receiving source (e.g. the wall) if you aren't able to have complete darkness.
Overall, if you are looking for a cool gadget that does what it says, then I would recommend this product. Keep in mind that this is a balance between projection, price and portability. If you find yourself matching one of my criteria then you will certainly enjoy this product.
It's not bright in the day light, but indoors or at night it's very visible. Image is clear and sharp. I use it for art instalations , performence, small presentations, video testing and pure fun.
Don't buy it for the built-in player. It leaves a lot to be desired. It only supports 3 codec/bitrates: MP4 @ 512kb / 24fps with PCM (!) audio,(at either 640x480, or 320x240) or the even more grim motion jpg, which is so inefficient I wont even spec it here. Even worse - there is NO FAST FORWARD OR BACK through the files. This bites, because if you are wanting to watch anything feature-length, and the battery goes dead, you can't pop in another battery and FF to where you left off. While the prorietary encodes at 640x480 are watchable, it's not by much. I'd give an encode from a reasonable quality source a 4 or 5 out of 10. I never bothered trying 320x240, knowing it would be too poor. Bottom line: plan on using an external video source.
You could get away with a few 10 minute cartoons in a pinch, though!
That said, this is where it shines: Plug it into a video capable ipod, and prepare to have your socks blown clean off! When the brilliant little 640x480 display is not busy rendering blocky artifacts with the internal player, and shown a proper clean video signal, the performance is stellar! I have not tried a DVD player, but I expect it would look great, too. While not true HD by any stretch, It is certainly on par with a Standard Def TV, and it's the size of a remote control for crying out loud!! Note: many "video capable" media players output only 320x240. You will get much better resluts from one that outputs 640x480, like an ipod.
Next thing: How to get longer run time. The unit includes a USB power adaptor that pumps out 5v at 2a (!) That is how much juice it takes to run the unit while plugged in to AC power. Yes, it will charge (slowly) from most any common USB port, it will not fire up and run without 2000mh behind it. It detects low powered USB connections, and goes into 'flash disk / slow charge mode', thinking it's hooked up to a computer for loading stuff to it's internal memory. So - what to do? I have tried to find a USB Car adaptor that can handle output at 2 amps, but after buying one so-called high-powered usb adaptor here on Amazon, I had no success. I have another one on order, so I'll post how that one goes. I gave it 4 stars because of the poor battery life (about 50 minutes) I would give 5 stars if it had a 2500 - 3800 mah battery (are you listening, Aiptek?)
I then removed the battery, which is an NP-120, 3.7v 1700 mah. A little Google-fu taught me that the batteries are the same as Fuji digital cameras, and are a dime a dozen! WOO HOO! so I bought 3 extra batteries here on amazon, as well as an AC & 12v rapid-charger. Now I have over 4 hours of run time, and still very little to carry!
(search amazon for 'Fuji NP-120 Battery')
So - now when we are out backpacking or camping, and it gets dark early and we are not tired, instead of squinting at my teeny ipod screen, we can sit back and enjoy a BIG screen. I have also used it with rear projection screen fabric, and it is simply magic ! Just cut a nice piece about 32" x 24" and viola!
The last thing I have yet to try is connecting to my laptop. Mine does not have a composite tv out, so I will need to buy an adaptor. There are nice-looking units that will convert a VGA signal to composite tv out that is powered by a USB port (google SW-4262) I will pick one up as soon as I have the extra cash and try it, too.
Final word: The little thing has only 10 lumens. Be reasonable in your expectations when there is alot of ambient light. The darker, the better.
If you are anything of a lifehacker / geeko like me, how can you say no to something so cool?