Pico-projector company AAXA have outed their latest model, and the L1 carves a niche for itself by using LCoS laser technology rather than the more usual DLP. The AAXA L1 is capable of projecting up to a 20-lumens 50-inch picture at 800 x 600 resolution, and thanks to the lasers it’s all focus-free: no frustrating focus wheel to twiddle, just point and go. In fact it can even project clearly onto curved surfaces.
There’s also an onboard media player, with support for pictures, video and still images, either stored on the 160MB of internal storage or on a USB drive; AAXA throw a 2GB stick in the box. It’ll also play certain Office documents, so you could feasibly leave your laptop behind.
The whole thing measures 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.8 inches and weighs 170g including the battery; that’s good for up to 90 minutes use. As well as USB there are composite and VGA inputs. Preorders are being taken now, at $599, and the AAXA L1 is expected to begin shipping on February 12th 2010.