The Aaxa L1 is among the first portaprojectors to feature improved image quality using a laser-based projection technology. This new technology is allegedly a cure for pixelation problems, and eliminates the need for focusing.
From a CNET writeup:
Aaxa Technologies, which makes a line of Pico projectors, is about to release what it calls “the world’s first laser pico projector with an internal media player and storage.”
So far we haven’t been terribly impressed with the first few batches of Pico projectors, but some laser-based models appear to be more promising–though expensive. The Aaxa L1 has a $599 price tag and a ship date of February 12. Pico projectors that use LED-based light sources tend to range in price from about $250 to $350.
Aaxa says the L1 uses its PCOS technology, which combines a three-color laser light source, proprietary despeckling technology, and an LCoS image to deliver a 20-lumen output at 800×600 resolution without “the pixilation problems found in some laser projectors.” Like other laser Pico projectors, this model offers “focus-free operation” so you can easily move the projector around to project an image at whatever size you want (the company claims it can produce color-rich images up to 50″ in dark environments–we’ll believe it when we see it).