Review: Tursion TS-102

Review of: Tursion TS-102
Mini Projector:
Tursion
Version:
TS-102

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On December 6, 2012
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

It's an interesting concept and great to see some innovation in getting the Android OS on a mini projector. It's a little on the pricey side, but overall a solid business projector.

Wait wait wait… I’m confused.

Is it the Tursion TS-102, or is it the FAVI A3-WIFI? Because they seem *identical* just with different stickers.

It’s like when you goto a party and someone is wearing the same shirt as you and you can’t help but think, “do they look better in it than me?”

Anyway whatever it’s called, we’re reviewing it people and since this is our first review in a little while, expect us to get all in depth on the features (lucky you!).

Tursion TS-102 Features Overview

Tursion TS-102 To save arguments, we’re going to be calling this the Tursion TS-102 mini projector rather than the FAVI A3-WIFI mini projector because from what we can tell they brought it to market first.

Chances are probably pretty good that neither of these companies developed the actual device. Or one of them developed it and the other is licensing the design.

The projector itself though is a surprising little package to say the least.

Tursion TS-102 For starters, it runs Android (ships with 2.1). Both Tursion and FAVI claim that this is a first in the mini projector world, and I think they’re right. The closest we’ve seen to this is the AAXA P4 running Windows CE.

There’s also a built in touch interface on the projector itself so you can use it like a trackpad on a laptop. Presumably you hold the projector and navigate all in the one hand while trying to keep the image steady on the wall.

It also has built in WiFi which means you really can get the most from the Android OS. It also positions it nicely to take advantage of business features such as PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, Word, Excel, photos, movies, internet, as well as any other compatible Android App like Skype for example.

The core of the unit is based on 3M’s MM200 projection unit which was debuted at CES 2009 promising to be included in many consumer devices by now. We haven’t really seen it take off too much like was suggested in the video below, but these guys have used it as the core of their projector.

The main let down of this projector is the low brightness rating at only 20 lumens which unfortunately is typical of a projector of this size, though some newer units have better ratings than this.

Connection wise, you can hook this up with a Micro SD as mentioned or use one Mini USB, VGA/AV (RGB) or USB.

Tursion TS-102 Technology Overview

Tursion TS-102 For the spec nerds out there, this mini projector is running a Dual-core 624 Mhz; DDRII 600Mhz. It has 8GB internal memory with Micro SD Card slot support max to 16GB.

As mentioned, it uses the 3M MM200 engine, see here for more info.

It’s interesting that it’s running the Android OS and it’s nice to see a innovative feature like a track pad built in. It really makes this a one-handed device that you can take with you in your pocket.

You could also use the USB port to hook up a mouse/keyboard which would be handy in some situations.

Battery life will last for around 80 minutes on high brightness setting which is pretty decent.

What’s in the box?

  • Tursion TS-102 / FAVI A3-WIFI
  • Adapter
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Not sure about which cables are included, but we’d probably guess at least USB to Mini USB

Conclusion

It's an interesting concept and great to see some innovation in getting the Android OS on a mini projector. It's a little on the pricey side, but overall a solid business projector.

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