AAXA M2 Pico/Micro Projector with LED Review

by Jane on October 30, 2014

Deserves To Be Called the Best?

Looking around the web for information on the AAXA M2 Pico/Micro Projector you may have come across a few different review websites which have given this the model championship belt for being the best mini projector on the market to buy.

While the model does provide some impressive capabilities, works well without too many hiccups and is fairly easy to use, there are a few other models on the market we think can stand toe-to-toe with it.

Continue on through the review to learn the Pros and Cons of the AAXA M2 projector or visit here to see the a list of recommended mini projectors.

Why such Positive Praise? 

AAXA M2 Pico Micro Projector with LED  XGA Resolution Review

Weighs Under A Pound!

As we said, we do like this model but haven’t joined the bandwagon on labeling it the very best mini in the world. Before we get on to reviewing the features and specifications we want to address (in our opinion) why so many others have called this model the best.

Deserving of the praise?

Not to say this is not a good buy. But the reason so many jumped on the bandwagon is it was the first XGA resolution mini projector. And it also weighs under a pound. But as we all know technology moves fast and it doesn’t take long for something better to hit the market.

Now we will begin rating the projector in different areas. Keep in mind the ratings which follow are based on comparison to only other mini projectors currently on the market.

AAXA M2 Multimedia Review

Versatile Multimedia Support

Picture Quality 9.5/10 

As mentioned above the AAXA M2 model has XGA (1024×768) native resolution and can support up to 1280 x 720 resolution. This is not the highest the highest found on the market in the mini projector category, models with 1080p high-definition resolution do exist.

While resolution does play an important role in picture quality, other factors also contribute to the quality, such as: Projector type, light source, contrast, brightness and frames per second.

LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) – Liquid crystals modulate the light from a reflective substrate to create the image. LCOS projectors have a great ability to enhance the contrast of the images produced.

PT-39 PhlatLight LED – A very powerful but efficient light source. The LED lamp will last up to ten times longer compared to a conventional lamp. Not only will the LED save you money on bulb replacements costs but also provides higher color saturation than a conventional bulb.

Contrast Ratio 2000:1 – This is a fairly high contrast in the realm in minis. As mentioned above, the AAXA M2 Pico/Micro is a LCOS projectors and one of the biggest strengths of this type is to enhance the contrast ratio.

Brightness – Maybe the biggest weakness of LCOS types are the level of brightness. However, the LED lighting used in this model helps enhance the brightness tremendously the over brightness rating on this model is 110 ANSI Lumen (this isn’t the same as lumen). ANSI Lumen is a standardization of lumen. A 110 ANSI Lumen rating is quite bright but you will still need to turn the lights off if you want to watch a movie.

Frames per Second and Refresh Rate – The frames per second are nearly 30 and the refresh rate is 60 hertz. These are both lower than what you would get with many larger more expensive models but overall still work for watching movies.

A couple other important details about picture quality need to be mentioned. This model has the ability to produce a screen size as larger as 100 inches and as smaller as 10 inches. Of course this is dependent on how far the projector sits from the screen. To get a 100 inch diagonal screen size the  AAXA M2 will need to be sitting about 14 feet from the screen. At 10 feet, 72 inches and at 5 feet away from the screen a 36 inch diagonal screen size will be produced.

The aspect ratio is 4:3.  This means if you are viewing something in 16:9 format you little black bars will be visible on the top on bottom. So make sure you have all external device which you connect to the HDMI port set on the 4:3 ratio.

Features and Ports 9.8/10

Features: If you are familiar with the older AAXA M1 model, there’s a few nice additions to AAXA M2 unit. It comes with a built in 1.0 watt speaker which not anything amazing but still comes in handy. You can always add an external audio source through the 3.5mm audio port.

There’s a SD slot on the side, designed to handle cards up to 16GB SD and the project itself has 1 GB of internal memory.

Ports: The ports might be the best aspect of the AXXA M2 mini. These rivals even larger model.

AAXA M2 Pico Micro Projector ports review

Unmatched Connectivity

  • HDMI
  • VGA (mini-VGA)
  • Composite A/V (3.5mm Jack)
  • Audio Out: 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack
  • USB: 5 Pin Mini USB

Ease of Use 9.8/10

The AAXA M2 Pico/Micro Projector weighs 1 pound, while it’s not going to fit in your pocket, carrying it in one hand will not be a problem. It’s not the smallest on the market but definitely still very portable at only 5 inches in width and height and 1 inch tall.

Set-up is straight forward and should be easy even the first time out of the box. All the buttons needed to operated are labeled and located on top of the unit. All the connectivity ports are clearly labeled, located on the back side. Another thing nice about the AAXA M2 mini projector, not only does the LED lighting save on energy costs but it turns on and off quickly. We bring this up since some projectors need to warm-up before operating this one is ready to go as soon as you hi the on button.

This model does come with a remote. While it can be useful, it is very small and can be a bit frustrating for people with big fingers to use.

Summary and Overall Rating 9.7/10

The M2 mini projector provides a certain amount of utility, usefulness and fun. It also provides owners with a high level of convenience.  For something so small it has very good resolution, colors and brightness. But understand you will want to have the lights “off” when watching movies. It can also serve as a back-up presentation projector.

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