The AAXA M6 is a pocket class projector that has a decent feature set for $599. Though, like most other pico and pocket projectors, the M6 does have some considerable limitations. Those who want a projector of this size will have some trade-offs between size and performance.
The M6 is highly portable, has that Media Player for PC-free presenting, and can handle moderate ambient light. Larger projectors will have higher quality built-in audio and a brighter image, but will weigh more than 3 times the weight of the M6 in most instances. Your choice of projector, whether it be the M6, another pocket projector, or a more standard-sized projector, will come down to how well the particular model fits your needs.
This is a relatively low-cost pocket projector that is capable of producing decent color with out-of-the-box picture modes. In its best mode, Movie, the colors were reasonably accurate, though perhaps a tad oversaturated. In some instances, the images were far too contrasty for my liking. Luckily, there are User modes for both picture and color, so the M6 is capable of producing much better color than its out-of-the-box modes. The image is sharp, as it should be with that 1080p resolution, but I was surprised because I didn’t expect a pocket projector to do so well on text. It was remarkable.
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Most pocket class projectors aren’t very bright – many don’t make it above 200-500 lumens – but the M6 measured in at 835 in its brightest mode. Though that’s below its 1200 lumen claim, it’s still pretty good for a projector like this. I found that the image was still recognizable, even in the face of ambient light. There are also three power modes to choose from: Bright, Standard, and ECO. I took measurements when using Bright power mode, but Standard is also pretty bright as well.
The AAXA M6 can project an image as small as 20” diagonally, up to 200” diagonally. I projected this at about 80” diagonally, as I couldn’t position the projector in a way that would allow it to fill my 92” screen. Text and images were still sharp at 80”, though I can’t speak for the larger sizes. It would probably be ideal to project this using a 100” diagonal screen or below. Either way, it’s nice to know you can project such a large image with this tiny projector if you so wish.
The M6 comes equipped with two 2-watt speakers. These aren’t loud, but they’re suitable for a room with a small audience. There is an Audio Out jack for connecting external speakers, however, so volume should not be an issue. Overall, I was satisfied with the level of performance from the M6. My expectations were not high, but I am happy to say that they were exceeded.
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