I measured the M6 in Standard Picture Mode, right out of the box. The input display lag is 42.4 ms, which is not good for professional gaming but acceptable for casual gaming. For reference – up to 50 ms is considered acceptable, but not great. 33 ms is considered good, and 16-18 ms is excellent.
That 42.4 input lag puts the display at a little more than 1 frame behind at 30 fps, a little over 2 frames if running games at 60 fps. That said, it’s not going to be really noticeable to most during campaign-modes, but perhaps could be noticeable in online play. I did not have issues with the lag while testing gameplay on the M6 – it didn’t affect my ability to totally annihilate enemies. And I do enjoy my gaming, unlike Art, who does most of the dedicated home theater projectors, but basically rarely plays games. His loss, yeah?
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I used two types of gaming consoles to test the AAXA M6's gaming capabilities - my Playstation 4 and the NVIDIA SHIELD. It performed well with both. The NVIDIA SHIELD is most appropriately sized for this little pocket projector, being around the same length and width as a video game box. I particularly enjoyed the NVIDIA SHIELD ($199-$299), which is a 4K capable device that can stream video games and from Netflix, Hulu, etc., rent movies from the Google Play store. The games range from the absolutely terrible (and hilarious) Goat Simulator, to games that are available on other consoles, such as Borderlands, Bioshock, and even award-winning indie puzzle games like Machinarium.
Another cool thing about the NVIDIA SHIELD is that you can get a lot of these awesome games, and first person shooters, for free when you pay monthly subscription of $7.99 for NVIDIA SHIELD Games. That saves a lot of money in the long run, as the regular console games go for the regular prices of $50 or so. It's a smart streamer that comes integrated with Google Assistant, so if you've got a Google phone, you can use your phone (or tablet) to control the SHIELD. It also works with Chromecast and SmartThings (dongle is $14.99). That allows you to control smart lights, thermostats, and outlets. It even comes with a Nest App.
As I said, when playing games on the AAXA M6 (with both the NVIDIA SHIELD and Playstation 4), I didn't notice the higher input lag. I would recommend pairing the M6 and the NVIDIA SHIELD for those who have tight spaces such as a dorm room, studio, or small apartment, as they are real space-savers. For the high school or college student, or young millennial, the two devices work together to create an extremely portable entertainment system.
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