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AAXA P3 Pico Pocket Projector, 50 Lumens LED, HDMI, 1024x600 WSVGA Rechargeable Battery
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Small size, mountable almost anywhere, clear and bright picture in very low light when plugged into an AC outlet and using the HDMI input. It also has a built-in media server for pictures, audio and video files. There are many adjustment options for viewing different types of media, and it has a built-in amplifier suitable for a quality set of earbuds. I consider the built-in battery a bonus feature for small stints of needed portability. The P3 compares very favorably against many other pico projectors in its category. Just awesome for the price.

Cons: For the money I paid for it, the only thing I can think of is a lack of keystone adjustment (used to correct trapeziodal distortion when the projector is not completely at a 90-degree angle with the vireing surface). Also, the video is centered with the projector, so high or low mounting options may be limited without the ability to correct.

Found that if the HDMI cable is not securely attached to the projector, artifacts and, I think, an odor of something burning will emit from it.

Would not recommend going much bigger than the stated 80-inch specification, as the picture tends to be much less sharp and bright after exceeding it. Not really a con, just appears to be a design fact.

So small, it is possibly easier to misplace if not nailed down.

Other Thoughts: I love projects. And I fell in love with this projector after testing its suitability against my capabilities..

So much so, I bought another one just recently. Upon reading the specifications before I bought the first one, it was clear that the 50 lumens brightness might pose a challenge for viewing even with the curtains and shades drawn in any room. Glad to say that I was very surprised that this little projector performed well even in dim morning light on a small highly reflective screen. It does pitch an 80-inch diagonal viering area somewhat dimmer, and the small fan makes a bit of noise, but not much more than any full size projectors that I have used that cost four times as much.

So I built a ventilated, noise-cancelling cabinet the size of a picture frame, mounted it to the wall, and securely mounted the projector within the cabinet. When not in use, the projector and full-size screen on the opposite wall disappears from sight.

The AAXA P3 is a welcomed addition to my low-wattage HTPC setup. It actually outperformed two other full-sized DLP projectors that were previously used for this duty because of its HDMI port's sharper video. Have experienced no problems watching DVDs and streaming video from my personal media server, Netflix, YouTube and Google Play on either P3 from Windows or Linux. Exceeding the native resolution is not a problem at 1280x768 using a ten-foot interface. The video is crystal clear by my home projector standards.

Six months later, and still going strong!

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Team Dark 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TDD38G1600HC901
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Team Dark 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TDD38G1600HC901 12/06/2014

This review is from: Team Dark 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model TDD38G1600HC901

Pros: Low-cost 8GB DDR3 1600 @ 9-9-9-24 timings, takes up one less slot (and possibly cheaper) than two 4GB stick sets. Stylish black aluminum heatsink goes with most any build's decor.

Cons: None so far. It just works. Locked it into the slot and it didn't move. Okay, the black heatsink may not be good contrast for a deep purple decor.

Other Thoughts: Am using this memory in a low-cost low-power HTPC build. 16GB would have been overkill. 4GB might not have been enough. Going from 1333 to 1600 speed for just a few dollars more was worth tthe performance gain. In any case (pun intended), don't paint the heatsink.

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AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini Quad-Core 2.05GHz Socket AM1 25W AD5350JAHMBOX Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD 8400
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Low TDP. Fairly quiet operation. Slightly better graphics performance. Cheaper overall build due to SOI design. Works well with Linux. Seems to be the best bang-for-the-buck in its category. Possibly an order of magnitude faster than the TF-20 CPU in my laptop.

Cons: No voice-activated auto-install-to-motherboard option. Installing the heatsink/fan was Different. Definitely different. With the first AM1 APU heatsink I installed, just sat there and stared at it for a minute or two. Once I got my head around the mechanics of it, seemed to install quite smoothly. But it made me stop and think.

Other Thoughts: I purchased two AMD Sempron 2650 APUs recently, was very impressed with their performance as 1080p-capable HTPC builds using MSI and ASUS motherboards. Installed 8GB memory and a 60GB SSD. Kill-A-Watt meter said ~28w for both builds at idle. Bought this Athlon 5350 APU as an upgrade for better gaming peformance in one of the HTPCs (Ouch). Seems I'll be retiring my PIII-based frewall with the 2650 in another sub-$200 build.

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Eddie B.'s Profile

Display Name: Eddie B.

Date Joined: 03/24/10

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 0
  • First Review: 07/03/14
  • Last Review: 03/04/15
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