Asus P1 Pico Projector review

7 Apr 2012
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

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A portable pico projector with a high resolution and great picture


1,280x800 resolution, 200 ANSI lumens, 34x126x130mm, 415g

Where the P1 falls down is in support for different sources and formats. Unlike the 3M PocketProjector MP180, there's no built-in media player or memory card slot, and the proprietary adaptor cable that comes in the box only has VGA and composite inputs. It's quite a short cable, too, so unless you also carry a VGA extension cable, the P1 needs to be within a metre of your laptop's VGA port.

Asus P1 Pico Projector

Whether you choose the P1 over the slightly more expensive 3M MP180 or the slightly cheaper Microvision Showwx+ HDMI will depend entirely on what you want to project, how much room you'll have and where your files are stored - 3M's projector is more suited to those who use memory cards and want to travel without a laptop, whereas Microvision's specialised Showwx+ HDMI is better if you want to project content from a smartphone. The P1 is also no good if you want to project somewhere without a mains socket.

If you want to project from a laptop and don't need battery power, though, the Asus P1 is by far the best choice. It's small, light, has a usefully high resolution and great image quality for its size, so wins a Best Buy award.


Price £341
Rating *****
Award Best Buy


Projector technology DLP
Lamp brightness 200 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 30,000
Lamp life in economy mode 30,000
Contrast ratio 2,000:1


Native resolution 1,280x800
Max compressed resolution 1,600x1,200
Aspect ratio 16:10
Other aspect ratios 16:9, 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 85in
Throw ratio 1.16:1
Optical zoom 0.0x
Projection distance 0.5m to 3m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal N/A
Lens shift vertical N/A
HD Ready no
Special view modes Black board, White board, Dynamic, Game, Scenery, Theater, Standard


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs none
Composite input yes
S-video input no
HDMI input no
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output none
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs none


Noise (in normal use) 28
Size 34x126x130mm
Weight 415g
Internal speakers none
Extras AC adaptor, adaptor cable, carry case
Remote special features N/A
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 29W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) N/A
Lamp supplier N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) N/A

Buying Information

Price £341

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