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4.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderfully small, portable and bright projector idea for professional use, but beware of the short-trow, 12 Jan. 2014
I am a professional user, so I certainly did not try out the capabilities to project movies etc. My criteria for selection were the following:
- must be at least 500 lumen;
- must be less than 1kg (or 2 pounds), because otherwise I would be reluctant to carry it with me
- must have an SD card slot, because I also do some photography, and the possibility to insert an SD card straight into the projector (even in a hotel room), seemed interesting. And so an HDMI port was a plus.
The Asus stands out with it's 700 lumen. That is certainly bright, and enough for almost all but the worst circumstances (by worst I mean that, in some meeting rooms there is no way to blind the windows, or to turn of the light, and the winter sun can fall directly in the room. Still then, in full light, in most case it's workable. In any case, there is certainly no need to work in the dark: any not overly lit room will do - for professional use, again. If you want a cool, contrasted image, of course, then try to find a somewhat darker place, but for me, that's usualy not an option.
The device is extremely easy to use. In fact, there is so to speak no configuration needed. It adapts automatically to the resolution of the notebook without a glitch,a and the quality of the image is perfect, even to work in group to review spreadsheets and documents (the caracters are crisp and clean, and I usually work with of a projected image of about 1-1.5m wide.)
It comes with a handy small pouch, very easy to wear, and the pouch is well designed to contain the power supply and cables.
Beyond that, I didn't try the zillions of features, even not the Wifi capabilities (I should, and it's not that hard to set up), or the possibilities to project from a smartphone, and much more.
Two slightly less good points, reason why I gave it 4 stars:
- the buttons on the remote are hard to push, so it's a bit difficult to use it. That said, the remote is optional, as all the buttons are also on the top of the device, and these are good. A minor annoyance.
- A bit more of an annoyance is the short-throw idea: the idea that you can place the projector very close to the wall you project on. Marketeers will present this as an advantage, but it's almost always a problem. Close to the wall means at about one meter to have an image of about a good meter wide. Think about it: in mostly all meeting room there is nothing at one meter of the walls. There is a table in the center, but that is on average about 2 or 3 meter away from any wall, resulting in a way too big (and dim) image. Or you have a few chests right against the wall - these are too close. So you almost always have to end up putting the projector on a chair somewhere in between, with the constant risk of someone triping over the cables.
So, short-throw: think twice. Ignore (as one should always do) the marketeers, and think about your own situation. Even in many living rooms I'm not sure it is practical.
In summary, this thing is really small, but still very usable. It is soldly built (metal!) It works flawlessly without any hassle. It's complete, and a joy to use. I just should start using it more for other uses.