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Asus P1M review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £370
inc VAT

A great pico projector, but best used in darkness


1,280×800 resolution, 200 ANSI lumens, 33.5×125.5x130mm, 420g

The flip-out stand on the bottom of the projector also gives it a little flexibility when it comes to height adjustment, but when the base of the projected image is roughly in line with the level of the lens, you should be fine with just resting it flat on a table unless it’s particularly low to the ground.

The P1M’s greatest improvement is its support for different sources and formats. The P1M has the VGA and composite inputs of the original P1M, as well as an SD card slot, a mini-USB input and a USB adaptor. You must use the bundled adaptor if you want to attach composite and VGA connections, as it doesn’t have separate VGA and composite inputs. We had no difficulty projecting a presentation from our laptop over VGA, but the adaptor cable is quite short, so we had to position the P1M within a metre of our laptop’s VGA port.

Asus P1M

Projecting footage from USB or SD storage is great, as it saves you the effort of carrying a laptop to meetings, or connecting the P1M to a PC. With USB or SD card storage connected and the P1M switched on, you’ll be taken to the P1M’s built-in media player. It displayed PDFs and Microsoft Office files perfectly well, but data transfer from our SD card was slow, sometimes taking up to three seconds to load a single slide, sometimes longer. Thankfully, the P1M played our test videos smoothly, and it supports AVI, XVID, MOV, MP4, H.264, 3GP, and FLV files.

Its single 2W integrated speaker is another improvement. Speakers are still quite rare on pico projectors, so it’s particularly welcome. Its sound quality isn’t great, but it’s better than nothing. It’s too tinny to use when watching films, though, as there’s simply not enough volume or bass to fill a room.

Asus P1M

The P1M’s improvements aren’t without fault, but the end result is a highly versatile pico projector with a huge range of connections. It’s a worthy evolution of the P1 family, but it’s too little too late, as the Best Buy-winning Viewsonic PLED-W200 does everything the P1M does for £70 less.

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Price £370
Rating *****
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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, 5:4
Max diagonal at 7ft 85in
Throw ratio 1.16
Optical zoom 0.0x
Projection distance 0.5m to 3m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 0%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes blackboard, whiteboard, theater, scenery, dynamic, game


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs none
Composite input yes
S-video input no
HDMI input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output none
Video output VGA
Others inputs/outputs mini-USB input, SD card slot


Noise (in normal use) 30dB(A)
Size 33.5×125.5x130mm
Weight 420g
Internal speakers yes (1x 2W)
Extras AC adaptor, adaptor cable, USB cable, VGA cable, carry case
Remote special features none
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 45W


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

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