Review: ASUS P1

Review of: ASUS P1
Mini Projector:
ASUS
Version:
P1

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On September 13, 2012
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

While the ASUS P1 has a serious lack of inputs you can't quite overlook it's other brilliant features like superior lighting, brightness, auto keystone and the fact that it's the perfect companion to ASUS laptop owners in particular. It's like ASUS have taken the best of what makes old school projectors great, upgraded the lighting technology and shrunk it down into an itty bitty package. It's a great business grade mini projector.

Some mini projectors are made to be all rounders, some are clearly skewed towards home theatre and then there are others like the ASUS P1 that are purely made for business.

With ultra bright imagery, a full HD resolution and an ultra short throw distance the ASUS P1 is the perfect companion to your travelling business setup.

To do the ASUS P1 justice, let’s take a look at some of it’s features…

Mini Projector Features

ASUS P1 Mini Projector We mentioned that it’s the ultimate business mini projector, but why is that so?

When you’re looking for a projector to take with you on the road certain features make the process of taking a mini projector with you more comfortable and easier to use.

The ASUS P1 has an ultra bright 200 ANSI lumen brightness rating which, coupled with a contrast ratio of 2000:1, means that you get to project bright and clear images, videos and movies regardless of the lighting situation. Of course it works better in lower light conditions like all projectors but with the ASUS P1 you don’t have to worry so much as with mini projectors of inferior lumens.

The short throw distance means that you can setup your projector with just 1 meter of space and still have plenty of room to throw up a 40″ (~1m) image. This extends up to 120″ (~3m) the further back you go.

It’s high definition display has a native WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. At the shortest throw distance with a 40″ image you can see and read 8pt font quite clearly. There is also an auto keystone function that automatically adjusts the image’s keystone effect to get straight images on whatever wall you project on.

ASUS P1 Mini Projector

The size of the unit is not much bigger than a standard CD case. It weights 14.6 ounces (415 grams) and measures just 4.92 x 1.29 x 5.11 inches (12.5 x 3.3 x 13 cm).

There is a little flip down stand on the base of the unit that provides instant height adjustment and a focus tuner on top near the lens.

What we love most of all is that the ASUS P1 mini projector is compatible with the majority of ASUS power adapters which means if you own an ASUS laptop (like lots of business people out there) you can just take the same laptop cable with you and save of extra packing.

The unit features instant on/off because of it’s LED drive light source so you can fire up in seconds.

The features mentioned so far are all brilliant for business, but there’s a couple of things missing too that would make this unit 100% complete.

It doesn’t have a battery which is fine, but just a nice to have addition for portable mini projectors these days.

The most obvious thing missing is an extreme lack of inputs. You get 1 x PC Signal Input with a D-sub 15 pin (through CEA 30pin) and 1 x Video Input with a Composite Video RCA and that’s it. No SD cards, no USB, no HDMI.

So while it looks cool, functions great and travels light (which is everything you want in a business projector), it’s like ASUS have just shrunk a regular projector into a mini projector case. They upgraded the lighting technology and shipped it out without taking a look around at what the market is expecting in a mini projector these days.

Mini Projector Technology

ASUS P1 Mini Projector The ASUS P1 runs on time tested Texas Instruments DLP technology and uses a LED light source.

The mercury-free eco-LED light source used in the ASUS P1 has a lifespan of up to 30,000 hours. To put that into perspective, it would last for 20 years if it is used 4 hours daily.

There are also 7 preset picture modes for adjusting the image: Black board, White board, Dynamic Mode, Game Mode, Scenery Mode, Theater Mode and Standard Mode.

What’s in the box?

  • 30-pin CEA integrated cable(D-sub/Composite)
  • Power Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • Carrying Bag
  • CD (user manual)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty card

Conclusion

While the ASUS P1 has a serious lack of inputs you can't quite overlook it's other brilliant features like superior lighting, brightness, auto keystone and the fact that it's the perfect companion to ASUS laptop owners in particular. It's like ASUS have taken the best of what makes old school projectors great, upgraded the lighting technology and shrunk it down into an itty bitty package. It's a great business grade mini projector.

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