AAXA P4 Mini Projector

Review of: AAXA P4/P4-X
Mini Projector:
AAXA
Version:
P4/P4-X

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On September 7, 2012
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

The AAXA P4 and it's sibling model the AAXA P4-X is an interesting projector. It's well equipped as far as features go, but choosing the right model is confusing. We would have liked to see it all features consolidated into one unit. That said, if you're after a mini projector that can work independently check it out as it's a good workhorse projector for business use.

The AAXA P4 is a well featured mini projector that comes with some curious optional feature sets.

On the surface it looks just as any other mini projector looks, but it has the capability to be a lot more depending on which version you choose.

To get what I really mean by that read on…

Mini Projector Features

AAXA P4 Mini Projector The interesting thing about the AAXA P4 is that it comes in two different versions. One called the P4 and one the P4-X.

The difference makes you wonder why they did it to be honest instead of just combining them into one.

The AAXA P4 runs Microsoft Windows CE™ and the connectivity options are cut down somewhat.

The AAXA P4-X doesn’t run Windows CE™, but it has the inclusion of a mini HDMI port.

Both models look almost identical on first glace. Confusing right? I’m still puzzled why they would need a split the models because of a mini HDMI port and running Windows CE™ or not. The features aren’t mutually exclusive I would have thought.

Both the AAXA P4 and AAXA P4-X have a decent specification on it’s core though so let’s get into that.

AAXA P4 Mini Projector The unit has an ANSI lumen rating of 80 lumens which is pretty decent (this drops to 55 ANSI lumens when running on battery power). It can broadcast up to an 80″ (~2m) image and has a respectable contrast ratio of 2000:1.

Native resolution is WVGA 854 x 480 which is a common widescreen format. Curiously, the resolution of the AAXA P3 which we recently reviewed is higher and this unit is meant to be it’s older brother in terms of market positioning and features.

The good thing is that it’s also smaller than the P3 and looks a hell of a lot nicer. It’s size is just 1.2″ x 2.5″ x 4.6″ (3cm x 6.35cm x 11.6cm) and weighs in at 0.7 lbs (~317grams).

Connectivity options is another area the AAXA P4 and AAXA P4-X models differ:

The AAXA P4 features a 24-Pin Universal Port/VGA, standard USB, a microSD Slot, Micro USB, and a 3.5mm AV Input (composite video and stereo audio-in).

The AAXA P4-X features a Mini-HDMI port as mentioned previously, the same 24-Pin Universal Port/VGA, a microSD Slot, Micro USB and  3.5mm AV Input (composite video and stereo audio-in). You’ll notice the absence of the full sized USB here.

AAXA P4 Mini Projector Both models also have a 3.5mm audio out to make up for the under powered 1W onboard speaker. Hook up your headphones or a set of powered speakers and you’re good to go.

With the P4 (the one that runs Windows CE) you can hook up an optional keyboard with trackpad and turn the AAXA P4 into pretty much a standalone computer. You can run MS Office and do pretty much what ever you can do on Windows CE. Still.. we have to ask why you’d want to do that instead of just using a laptop or iPad.

The built-in Lithium-ion battery is capable of powering the projector over 75 minutes on a single charge.

The AAXA P4-X can playback MP4, MP3, AVI, JPG natively via USB or microSD where as the AAXA P4-X does all these as well as WinCE file support.

Mini Projector Technology

Technology behind the AAXA P4 and P4-X is the same. They both run a Texas Instruments DLP lighting engine with triple RGB LEDs featuring Vibrant Color™ Technology.

The LED light source has a life of over 15,000+ hours.

What’s in the box?

  • The AAXA P4 or AAXA P4-X mini projector (depending on which model you select)
  • Tripod
  • Composite A/V Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Remote Control
  • VGA Cable
  • Mini USB to Female USB adapter

You can buy an optional AAXA wireless keyboard, but we couldn’t find it on Amazon. You can get it via the AAXA website here.

Conclusion

The AAXA P4 and it's sibling model the AAXA P4-X is an interesting projector. It's well equipped as far as features go, but choosing the right model is confusing. We would have liked to see it all features consolidated into one unit. That said, if you're after a mini projector that can work independently check it out as it's a good workhorse projector for business use.

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