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Asus P1 Pico Projector review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £341
inc VAT

A portable pico projector with a high resolution and great picture


1,280×800 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.

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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 1,280×800
Max compressed resolution 1,600×1,200
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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