Another week and another projector review you shouldn’t miss. This time we’re looking into the Aodin Mini Smart Android Pico Projector.
We’ve covered a lot of pico projectors over the last few weeks. Some were surprisingly worth every penny while others are, well, nothing more than a disappointment. Where do we think this Aodin projector model will fall? Read this review to find out if it is team must-buy or team meh.
First Impressions on the Aodin Mini Smart Android Pico Projector
The rectangular shape, minimalist white body color with metallic rose gold border of this Aodin Mini Smart projector model gave off a smartphone or mp3 player (think Apple gadgets) design vibe. It’s not necessarily bad, but it’s definitely an acquired taste. We do, however, applaud Aodin for coming up with a color scheme that is quite subtle yet eye-popping at the same time. Is there another color option? Yes, you can get this projector with an all-black finish.
Holding the device, it feels sturdy and very well made considering that it only weighs half a pound! The power button and connection ports are all strategically placed on the rose gold border. However, due to the small measurement of the projector (3.23 x 5.83 x 0.71 in) they look and feel cramped. Good thing that the projector controls are on found on the body.
Now on to what this projector can do to meet your viewing pleasure and satisfaction.
Is It Really Portable?
The Aodin Mini Smart projector is marketed as a pico projector so we’ve tested its size, design, and its overall portability. Let’s take a look at its measurements first. On paper, it measures 3.23 x 5.83 x 0.71 inches – that’s comparable to the size of most smartphones today so holding it in your hands won’t be a problem. If you are thinking of carrying this projector inside your pocket, it is somewhat bulky but overall tolerable. We don’t highly recommend it since there is a risk that you will be bending the device when you sit down. We suggest carrying it inside your bag. Make sure you get a hard case to reduce scratches and damage when travelling.
Do take note that this projector comes with its own built-in 5000mah battery for unplugged viewing of up to 2.5 hours. It also comes with a earphone port.
If you plan to use this Aodin projector just around your house, you won’t have a problem. Its overall measurement is definitely space-saving. You can just place it on your coffee table or chair without using up too much space.
Considering its small and portable design, you would think that it would be lacking in the connectivity department, surprisingly that’s not the case. This pico projector has all the connection options (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, SD Card port, and HDMI) found in a standard projector except for one thing – VGA. We do understand that absence of VGA because it would make the slim profile of a projector, well, bulkier. Plus, you can always use a VGA to HDMI adapter. If you’re watching online videos, you will be happy to know that this Aodin Mini Smart projector comes with built-in Android software. You can even download more apps thanks to its DDR3 1G RAM and 32GB of memory. Overall, we can’t complain.
Controls and Your Viewing Pleasure
As we’ve mentioned, the controls are found on the body of the projector. It is strategically placed on top so you can quickly and conveniently adjust the settings according to your liking.
This device also comes with a brightness of 50 lumens. Sure, it’s incredibly lower than bigger projectors, but you will be surprised. When we used this projector in a (very) dark room, it gives out crystal clear projection – did we mention that its size can go up to 120 inches? Take note that we mentioned “dark” because it isn’t really suitable for bright environments.
As for the quality of the images, it can support up to 1080P and the contrast ratio rating is 1000:1. For the best viewing experience, it comes with a focusing knob and a 45 degree vertical keystone correction knob. There’s also a built-in speakers but we don’t highly recommend it. Use a separate cabled or wireless Bluetooth to achieve a cinema like experience.
System: Android 4.4
RAM: DDR3 1G
Flash Memory: 32GB
Brightness: 50 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Battery Life: 5000mAh, 2.5 hours
- Mini Smart Android Projector
- Air mouse
- Extendable Tripod Leg
- HDMI Cable
- Power Adapter
- User Manual