When you want audio-visual aids for your presentation, it’s handy to have a travel-size projector. Here are two diverse mini projectors from ZTE and AAXA. Each has unique features that make it desirable for certain tasks. Let’s take a look at them both to see which one will be the best for you.
ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector WiFi Only
The ZTE Spro 2 is a compact DLP projector ideal for business presentations. But not only does it project an image from your computer or tablet, it can serve as a WiFi hotspot for up to ten devices. It’s a mini-computer that runs Android 4.4. You can even download apps for it from the Google Play store.
Reviewers of the Spro 2 say it’s a convenient device to have on hand for business presentations. It has a native resolution of 720p, or 1280 x 720 pixels. This is plenty for most PowerPoint or slideshows. Since it has built-in WiFi, it can also display photos or video clips from the Internet or from other sources.
The display isn’t super-bright at 200 lumens, but it’s sufficient for this kind of purpose. Just a note: if it’s running off its own battery, it automatically reduces brightness by 50%. You’ll probably want to darken the room a bit for best results.
At 5 feet from the screen, the Spro 2 displays a 40-inch diagonal image. You can select files to display or make adjustments using the onboard touchscreen. The minimum image you can show is 20-inches while the maximum is 120-inches from a ten-foot distance. The contrast is fixed at 4000:1.
While there is an internal memory storage space of about 10GB, you can connect a USB thumb drive or insert a micro SD card. If you use a Miracast device, you can link it wirelessly through the HDMI port.
While the built-in speakers are soft with only 2W of power total, it has Bluetooth and a 3.5mm audio jack to allow you to connect external amplification.
More features of the ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector:
- Comes with carrying case
- Rechargeable battery
- Measures 5.2” wide by 5.3” long by 1.2” thick
AAXA P300 Pico/Micro LED Projector with 60 Minute Battery Life, WXGA 1280×800 Resolution, 400 Lumens, HDMI, Mini-VGA, 20,000 Hour LED Life, Media Player
The AAXA P300 may not have a touchscreen like the ZTE Spro2, but it packs a lot of features inside its tiny case. It weighs less than 1 pound and is smaller in size than the ZTE Spro 2. It measures 5.9 x 3.9 x 1.6 inches, a true palmtop projector.
Like the ZTE projector, this one also has a rechargeable battery. This battery lasts up to 60 minutes. But there are more differences than similarities between these two competing devices.
For one, the AAXA P300 projector has a slightly different resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, or WXGA. It’s capable of scaling up to 1080p. The maximum image size onscreen is 120-inches, but that’s really only possible in an environment with little ambient light.
It’s easy to get started with a presentation using the projector. It’s compatible with Windows or Apple computers and is Plug ‘n Play ready. It accepts connections through its HDMI, VGA, or Composite A/V ports, or you can use the USB or micro SD card readers to open files. It has built-in speakers in case your presentation also has sound. If you want louder sound, there is a 3.5mm audio out jack to connect external speakers.
The built-in display modes allow for quick and easy calibration of the image. You can choose from options like Standard, Presentation, Movie, or User-Defined. Then simply step away from the projector and use the included remote control to manage your presentation from a distance.
More features of the AAXA P300 Micro Projector:
- Comes with adjustable tripod, composite A/V cable, VGA adapter cable, power adapter, and remote control plus instructions
- Displays in 4:3 or 16:9 formats
If you have a need to run a WiFi hotspot while you’re doing a presentation, the ZTE Spro 2 may be the perfect projector for you. Since it runs Android, you can also install apps from Google Play.
If you prefer a straightforward projector that comes with a remote control, you may prefer the AAXA P300.