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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 30 2009

Well another week has come and gone as time steadily marches on and like every other week here on SlashGear, it has been a busy one. Poor old Toshiba took the old adage "if you can’t beat them, join them" seriously on Monday and announced that it would be launching its own Blu-ray player by the end of 2009. That had to be hard to swallow for the execs who bet it all on HD DVD only to be defeated by Blu-ray. Also on Monday the slick HP Mini 5101 netbooks tipped up starting from $399. I'm not convinced we need another netbook on the market right now personally.

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1080p pico-projectors in next 3 years tips Syndiant CTO

1080p pico-projectors in next 3 years tips Syndiant CTO

Whether you think a pico-projector is a pointless gadget or the future of mobile displays, the common criticism is that their resolution is poor compared to cellphone displays or full-sized projectors.  Over at PicoProjector.info they've been speaking to Syndiant CTO Karl Guttag, however, and he's promising something that could turn that all around: 1920 x 1080p resolution pico-modules.

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BeamBox Essential G2 pico-projector aimed at netbooks/notebooks

BeamBox Essential G2 pico-projector aimed at netbooks/notebooks

BeamBox's Evolution R1 pico-projector wasn't exactly a giant, but the company obviously decided they could do better with their next-gen model.  The BeamBox Essential G2, then, drops both bulk and weight to come in at 75g, together with 20 lumens brightness and VGA 640 x 480 resolution.

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Samsung MBP200 pico-projector/PMP hybrid hits Europe

Samsung MBP200 pico-projector/PMP hybrid hits Europe

Samsung's MBP200 pico-projector has gone on sale in Germany, coupling a compact DLP projector with an onboard PMP.  First announced back at CES, the MBP200 goes a step or two ahead of pico-projectors we've tested such as the BeamBox or AAXA by virtue of its integrated 2.2-inch display, meaning the PMP functionality does not necessarily require the projector be active.

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Samsung P410M compact projector

Samsung have taken the wraps off of their latest pocket-projector, the P410M, and while you'd certainly need reasonably-sized pockets to carry it, it perhaps makes up for things by offering higher than usual specs.  The P410M boasts up to 800 x 600 resolution and a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, together with inputs that include VGA, composite and a USB port.

WowWee Cinemin Swivel US price confirmed

Yesterday we heard that the WowWee Cinemin Swivel pico-projector would be landing in the UK come September, together with its UK price.  Now the US version of the posable-pico has gone up for pre-order at Amazon, priced at $327.99.

BenQ Joybee GP1 Review

BenQ Joybee GP1 Review

Our previous run-ins with pico-projectors have left us vaguely disappointed, with units that will certainly fit in your pocket but underwhelm in their performance. BenQ's Joybee GP1 has sized itself out pocket-portability but promises improved quality to make up for it; SlashGear put those claims to the test.

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WowWee Cinemin Swivel pico-projector to arrive September

WowWee's Cinemin Swivel pico-projector, which was announced back at CES in January, has been given a release date and UK pricing.  Expected to hit UK stores in September 2009, the posable projector will retail for around £349 ($572); US pricing and availability is still unknown, though it is expected in fall 2009 priced at $299.

bTendo laser pico-projector modules tested [Video]

bTendo laser pico-projector modules tested [Video]

While the pico-projectors that have graced the SlashGear test bench have not exactly proved entirely disappointing, they've not persuaded us to part with our own money after we've sent them back.  bTendo's MEMS-based scanning laser pico-projector module might change all that, promising brighter colors, improved power efficiency and no need to manually focus.  PicoProjector-info got some hands-on time with the bTendo modules, and as you can see in the image here, the laser technology (on the right) easily outclasses a standard LCoS projector.

Video demo and comparison after the cut

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FAVI PJM-1000 pico-projector claims “World’s Smallest”

FAVI PJM-1000 pico-projector claims “World’s Smallest”

We've had some reasonable experiences with the pico-projectors reviewed here at SlashGear, but they're still too expensive to make them anything other than an extravagant toy.  Sadly FAVI don't change that with the launch of their PJM-1000 Mini Projector, another aiming for the title of "World's Smallest Projector".

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AAXA P1 LCoS-based pico projector review

AAXA P1 LCoS-based pico projector review

Having used four generations of home entertainment projector over the last decade, I was skeptical of small-form factor pico projectors when they first surfaced. A pocket-size projector with dimensions similar to a remote control or a cellphone, running super-cool and battery-operated for up to an hour of continuous use. That’s all tempting stuff, but can they deliver? Last month, we reviewed the UK-based BeamBox Evolution R1 Pico-projector; today, we have a close cousin with the same LCoS microdisplay but in different outfit: the AAXA P1 pico projector. (video after the cut)

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AAXA P1 pico-projector shipping for $279

AAXA's P1 Pico Projector is finally shipping, and for $10 less than originally expected.  The compact projector - announced back in February 2009 - can project a 60-inch 640 x 480 image with 12 lumen brightness, using the company's proprietary LCOS chip.

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