(Pocket-lint) – Transportable projectors are a enjoyable thought, however most of the time, they’re cumbersome and require extra peripherals or audio system to be helpful. Asus is hoping to problem that with ZenBeam Latte L1, a capsule projector it debuted at this yr’s virtual-only CES.
That is Asus’s latest moveable projector, but it surely’s spectacular as a result of it packs fairly just a few options at a comparatively respectable value. It prices $399 and fires out a 720p picture with 300 lumens of LED mild, making it brighter than different moveable projectors, together with Anker’s well-liked Nebula, which might be discovered on Amazon for about $300. It additionally has an built-in 10W Harman Kardon-tuned speaker system.
Asus is absolutely hyping up that the Latte doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. It stated you possibly can stream tunes for about 12 hours earlier than needing a cost.
Asus can also be selling the projector with this complete espresso cup angle, even going so far as to say it appears to be like like one, which is odd. Asus additionally claimed it’s “the primary projector to supply a material exterior”. However what about Xiaomi’s already-available $499 Mi Good Compact Projector?
Anyway, Asus’ Latte wirelessly tasks no matter is in your cellphone or an HDMI machine. You will get three hours of juice from its 6,000mAh battery, which ought to final you a whole film. It could actually produce a 40-inch image diagonally when one meter from the wall, 80 inches at two meters, and a most of 120 inches at three meters. Nevertheless it will not be extraordinarily shiny from too far-off.
Latte helps iOS, Android, and Home windows 10. ASUS has additionally included help for Aptoide TV, so you possibly can entry your favorite streaming apps.
Asus stated its projector will arrive within the US within the second quarter of the yr, doubtless in Might. There’s no phrase on pricing or availability for the UK.
For extra CES 2021 bulletins, see Pocket-lint’s roundup.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.