AAXA LED Showtime 3D - Micro Projector
By rm0208 on Saturday, Feb/09/2013
The AAXA LED Showtime 3D projector is one of the first 3D enabled projectors that we are able to review at Picopros. It’s a great projector that is small and completely able to become an important piece of your living room media setup, bringing you 3D functionality at a low price and small footprint.
Display The display performance from the AAXA LED Showtime 3D is top notch for a projector this size. In my opinion, it’s closely comparable to many ceiling mounted office projectors in terms of brightness and color but it’s close to only ¼ of the size. 3D gaming and movie ready in high definition quality. It’s really impressive the features this projector includes. Dark room performance is incredible, with a perceived brightness that is about ~30% brighter than the AAXA P300. This caused me to be completely immersed in all content the LED Showtime 3D displayed rather than me focusing on how dim the unit is. I never really found myself yearning for a brighter picture with the AAXA LED Showtime 3D. Viewing content just came naturally.
Projectors generally have trouble in ambient lighting situations, but the AAXA LED Showtime 3D’s light room performance was great, and I was able to watch content with no problem at all. It seems to be the perfect companion to a living room setup with average lighting. Connecting to a Blu-Ray player or gaming console is a piece of cake through the HDMI cable.
Some quick stats on the AAXA LED Showtime 3D · DLP 3D ready
· HDMI input, 1080p ready
· LED display engine capable of 20,000 life hours
· Perceived brightness 30% greater than the P300
· 160” diagonal image size
· HD Gaming and Movie ready
· Automatic Keystone Correction
Design The AAXA LED Showtime 3D has a glossy black top with an overall clean look with hard plastic buttons for power, options, and menu navigation. The glossy black can pick up fingerprints, although you do get a small remote that you’d primarily use to control the LED Showtime 3D, so most interaction would be through the remote control (measures about 1.5” x 3.5”). Other than some heat exhaust ports on the sides, the unit groups all input/output ports in the rear. This includes input for RCA (included cable), VGA and HDMI (cables not included), USB for movies/pictures/music/text files. There is also a 3.5mm output for connecting to external speakers. Also included are onboard speakers, 2 2.5w speakers for stereo sound.
Some things not included in the AAXA LED Showtime 3D that we typically see in projectors this size are internal batteries, internal memory, or an operating system. The Showtime 3D is focused to be a stationary and central piece to your media setup for gaming and watching high-def content through blu-ray, etc. With that said, I would personally have like to see some internet functionality with this device. For example, I think it would be awesome to stream content over Wi-Fi from my desktop that’s in the other room. We just don’t seem to be there with projectors just yet.
User Interface If you’ve used an AAXA projector before, you will feel at home with the AAXA LED Showtime 3D. It may have the fastest turn on time of any projector we’ve seen here at Picopros. The average time from clicking the power button to being able to navigate through the main menu was a mere 16 seconds. Turn off time was just as fast. The UI is simple. Once the LED Showtime 3D is on, there are 6 options to choose from including · 4 options for viewing USB content (Movies / Music / Photos / Text Files)
· 1 option for Options
· 1 option for Input Selection
· The Options include:
· Picture setting (contrast/brightness/etc)
· Sound (Bass/Treble)
· Keystone Correction (auto performed well, and there is a manual override if necessary)
· Projection direction (you can project from behind something, for example)
Overall This is a great little projector and the quality that this projector provides at a low price ($499 on the AAXA website) and tiny package are remarkable. Top features the AAXA LED Showtime 3D brings to the table are 3D readiness for gaming & movies, high definition quality, super bright for it’s size, and excellent color quality. Thanks for reading, if you have any more questions about the AAXA LED Showtime 3D don’t hesitate to reach out through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or just leave comments below!
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