84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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I am in MOB station in Ft. Hood Tx. On the way to Iraq. Space is the most valuable commodity we have. After shopping for about 2 weeks I finally decided on this little projector for gaming and movie night on deployment. After opening the box this afternoon at about 1800 with the Tx afternoon sun shining through the windows at us I and about 5 other guys started watching 300 on the barracks wall. It wasn't perfect but we could see pretty good on a well lit room. The projector was about 4 or 5 feet from the wall making a picture about the same diagonal size. It was good enough for a bunch of army aviators to enjoy. As the sun crept down the size of our group grew to about 10 and Happy Gilmore was next. The picture was great. I can think of no downside to this purchase. It's convenient to carry and store, great picture and brighter than I expected. The sound is not what I bought it for, the speakers are weak but what did you expect? It's a lot to offer in a small package. I bought a good set of computer speakers and now have a portable theater. This little thing read the movies off of my 1TB USB hard drive. Divx, mp4, VOB, AVI files all worked fine. The remote worked great from behind the projector but that is where the sensor is. I expect this to be the most used item in our barracks in the sand box and my only concern is it will be worn out before I make it back home. As for the fan sound I didn't even hear it. Even before I plugged in the other speakers. It certainly didn't whine or irritate me in any way. The brick of the power supply did get hot at first but actually cooled off as the hours wore on. I have a HUGE old projector at home that SUX compared to this one. I love this little thing and think you will too. If u are looking for a balance of video quality and expense with a huge infasis on compact, portability, buy this thing. My next planned purchases are the AAXA cables to let me connect to my iPad and PSP.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
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Having personally tried three micro projectors (the AAXA M1, AAXA M2, and Dell M109S), here is what I think of the M2:
Lightweight and pretty bright for a projector of this size
Competitive pricing for its class of projectors
Easy to setup
LED light source, meaning energy savings and less switching bulbs
More noisy than other projectors in its class
Wish the resolution could be higher
Menus could be easier to use
Having said the above, and even with the caveats of noisiness, etc., I would still recommend this product. This is because it is brighter than the other projectors I've tried (AAXA M1, and Dell M109S), and brightness is really important for micro projectors.
I would like to say that I've had a very positive experience with AAXA technical support. When I first bought the M2 projector, the projection colour was off, and the AC adapter failed. However, AAXA technical support responded quickly to my email about the malfunction and replaced my projector quickly. Now the system is working fine. The service I received was much better and courteous than others.
(1) There are pros and cons as indicated above and in the other reviews.
(2) My projector was defective at first, but
(3) AAXA technical support was responsive and very nice, gave a free replacement very quickly, and I am satisfied.
I hope these points will help other buyers to come to their own conclusions.
74 of 85 people found the following review helpful
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Really dissapointed with M2. After reading couple reviews on internet decided to purchase that.
- 1024x768 resolution
- HDMI\SD\USB connectors
- Small projector
- *Very* noisy, looks like there are 2 small fans rotating at crazy rpm. However, after 30 min testing, cold air was coming out from vents (aaxa should have put adjustable rpm fans there, like cpus have). It is so noisy that I can't watch movies with max volume on notebook.
- Huge power adapter. It is 5amps brick, larger than notebooks have.
- Tiny remote and you have to aim really carefully to make it work.
- Image quality\brightness is so-so, you really need to turn off *all* lights if you want to watch a movie.
- Really counter intuitive menu. For example you can navigate only with left\right buttons even when icons are one above another (up\down does not work). Combined with tiny buttons on remote, and that you have to aim really hard - it becomes frustrating trying to control this thing.
- Small things: like rubber lens cap, short VGA cable, cheap plastic look
Max price I would pay for that now is $200.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The AAXA M2 Projector
M2 Micro Projector
100-240V Power supply
Mini USB to USB adapter
Component AV cable (TV)
VGA cable (computer)
A joke remote
A toy tripod
The projector works well without too many hiccups. I have mine set 13 feet (4 meters) from the screen and it projects an image of about 95 inches (2.4 meters). Of course the room needs to be dark at this range.
The M2 micro projector has a projection angle of 33.4 which means that the diagonal screen size will equal 60% of the distance. There is no adjustment for this angle. The size of the screen is entirely dependent on placement of the projector. At 5 feet the diagonal size of the screen will equal 3 feet (36"). At 10 feet the screen size will be 6 feet (72"). And at 14 feet the screen size reaches it's maximum recommended size of 100".
The resolution is 1024 x 768 and the aspect ratio is 4:3. For movies, 16:9 would be more ideal. For work presentations and for gaming 4:3 is perhaps better. The image quality is good but I have not yet found a setting I like for realistic flesh tones (though this might be more the fault of my cheap projector screen). For image quality I would give the M2 a grade of B-
The menu system is simple and ease to navigate. Controls on the top of the unit are ok for presentations and tabletop setups. The menu includes a setup section, however this setup does not contain any of the adjustments one would expect. To access the real setup features one must use the remote. In the primary onscreen menu the left and right buttons are used to navigate. However, in the sub-menus navigation is with the up and down buttons. The lack of setup control bumps the menu grade down to a C... hey, I am a demanding teacher.
The remote is pathetic in every way. It needs to be pointed EXACTLY at the projector to work. By "exactly" I mean that it needs a rifle scope. I purchased a learning remote and that was somewhat better. I still need to point toward the unit but at least I don't need to eye down the barrel. It can be very annoying to have to look away from the screen and toward the projector to aim the little remote. Anyone buying the M2 projector should also get a learning remote.
The remote is also poorly designed. The lower buttons are similar to the navigation buttons on the top of the projector. Above these primary navigation buttons is another set of navigation buttons and another menu button. This menu is the REAL setup menu and within this the upper navigation buttons are used. Are you getting confused yet? The remote also has dedicated buttons for flipping the image right/left and up/down and keystone buttons. If you ask me these features should have been added to the settings menu instead of the remote but they didn't ask me. This also makes the remote indispensable. One cannot adjust the most essential settings from the projector controls. This might be similar to a television except that a TV remote is easy to replace. What happens if you break or loose the M2 remote? Again, I stress, get and use a learning remote and keep the cheap POS AAXA remote in a safe place. The remote gets an F-
The built in media player plays nearly every video file format I have thrown at it. HD MKV files play, but, at least from an SD card, there is a lag/skip problem. I can't say if this is a limitation of the media player or just of the memory card. In any case the M2 gets an A+ for the media player.
As others have noted, the projector has a relatively loud fan. I have mounted mine inverted near the ceiling above the sofa. The noise of the fan is always noticeable but not really annoying, at least not for my ears, and I have relatively sensitive ears (I cannot understand speech with high background noise). I suppose others with less sensitive ears will be fine as well. I have plugged computer speakers into the M2 and it pumps out plenty of volume. For most movies I have the volume around 50%. 100% would annoy the neighbors.
There are several reasons I chose the AAXA M2 over other projectors. It has a built-in media player and I use my projector largely for videos. It has an long life LED light and I hate the idea of counting the hours I use a projector. It is bright enough for a 100" screen. And the price is right. Now, after using it for a month, I would happily buy it again for the same reasons.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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In this world where you have access to almost any media at almost any moment, it is hard to impart the gravity to some media that it rightly deserves. What am I going to do? Have my kids watch Star Wars for their first time on my 42" LCD?! I should think not!
Here is what I decided I needed in a projector:
1) An LED light source. (I didn't want the expense and headache of buying an expensive bulb down the road... assuming it's still available.)
2) An HDMI port. (Digital input is a must to maximize picture quality, and the cable is so easy to use.)
3) As many lumens as I could get.
4) A price tag under $400... $500 max.
5) Better than 680x420 native resolution. (This has 1280x720, that's HD. Not 1080p, but HD. Xvga to be exact.)
In the end I looked at every single projector, LED or not, under $500. There is a lot on the market in that price range. A fair number of toys, some old units, many of the pico projectors, along with some new offerings. After days, and an embarrassing number of hours, spent in sifting through dozens of websites I narrowed it down to the Aaxa M2 here and the Favi Riohd led 4. They are very similar, but this fellow wins because it has 1 gig (closer to 2 in my experience) and it is 70 lumens brighter. That's more than twice a bright.
So far I have used it with:
1) My kids portable DVD player hooked up with RCA cables. (12' diagonal on a table cloth in the living room and the back of the house in the yard.)
2) A DVD player with HDMI cable.
3) My Xbox360 with HDMI cable. (Skyrim, TC Future Soldier and Netflix.)
4) The internal memory.
In every instance I have been completely pleased, really I've been thrilled. The brightness, the contrast, the resolution... it does not disappoint. Keep in mind, the bigger the picture the darker the room will have to be. But I tend to watch movies at night, don't you? At 46"-50" it can be easily seen in a room with the lights on.
I picked up a 15' HDMI CABLE, an extra dvd player with HDMI out, and a 25' 1/8" to 1/8" jack cable all for around $25. In conjunction with my old bookcase stereo this is a really rockin' little unit. (It has speakers, but... mine are better.)
In short. I love this thing. The picture is clear it has all the inputs you could reasonable want and it cost me a bit more than $300. You can spend more (5 or 10 times more) and buy a brighter unit with better resolution. (I bet it's bulb will cost nearly as much as this whole unit.) But this is really a great confluence of function and cost. (I'm streaming BSG at 80" through my Xbox360 on it now, such fun.)
Go ahead, buy it. You'll like it too. (And the kids LOVED Star Wars. At 12'.)