Forget the TV, we used a 'pocket cinema' to beam Netflix instead
Secondly, it’s quiet because there’s no fan and it’s easy to use because there’s no bulb and lens that needs to be focused. Instead, it uses lasers to hone in on a surface and, depending on distance, can beam a screen size of up to 150-inches onto a wall or a ceiling or whatever you want.
The AnyBeam has a standard HDMI input on the back so you can use it with a Chromecast or a Fire TV Stick or a laptop. It’s also got a 3.5mm headphone port which is good, because the built-in speakers are tinny and lack volume. Handily, there’s also a tripod mount on the base of the device.
There’s a microUSB port at the back for power and you can run the AnyBeam off a standard portable battery or a regular USB lead from a laptop or plug socket. There’s no on-board battery so once you unplug it, the whole thing shuts down instantly.
We only used it primarily for watching Netflix, but equally this could be carted around by business folk for PowerPoint presentations. And tinkerers can get a special version that’s hooked up to a Raspberry Pi computer.
Of course, there’s always a little bit of room to nitpick. If there is ever to be a second generation version of this we reckon a slightly larger form factor would be acceptable if there was a way to add a built-in battery and – perhaps – some on-board storage option such as a microSD slot. As it is, you’ll need to carry an HDMI cable and possibly a dongle or two around with it.
That being said, the AnyBeam is a stupendous little gadget and if you’re frequently on the move then we’d well advise you to make some room in your kit bag for it. It’s not as if it’s too expensive, either. The basic projector is set to launch with a price of £230 if the Kickstarter campaign proves successful.
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