ASUS has announced a new portable projector-cum-speaker, the ZenBeam Latte L1, so named for its coffee cup-like size (and, we hope, its ability to keep you awake).
Announced on CES 2021the Zenbeam Latte L1 (hereinafter simply “the Latte”) is intended to combat the problems of large, bulky home projectors by offering competent display capabilities in a small, fabric-covered package.
It certainly doesn’t have the power of more substantial devices – equipped with a 40 to 120-inch projection range and modest 300-lumen LED brightness – but ASUS says the Latte will provide a ‘homey’ alternative to its bigger rivals. carried to your room if you want to create your slideshow or chosen Harry Potter movie along the way.
It looks like the size of the Latte will be both its curse and its blessing. While it also doubles as a Harmon Kardon powered 10W Bluetooth speaker (both in size and sound transmission), a three-hour battery life for movies means longer cinematic adventures, like The Lord of The Rings or The Irishman, are out of the question. to be. However, a 12-hour charge for audio means that it performs better, especially as a portable speaker.
That said, the ASUS Latte is as small as it is, has a few other uses that you wouldn’t ask for from a heavier, immobile projector. The packed Aptoide TV store gives you access to streaming apps like YouTube and Kodi, and you can wirelessly mirror your phone screen to the Latte to play social videos quickly and easily, meaning it’s a great option for offices, hotel rooms or, dare we say, TikTok powered sleepovers.
The projector also has three different display modes – gaming, movie and music – suggesting it could be a cool way to beam some Temple Run, Candy Crush or even Fortnite to your living room wall.
ASUS ‘ZenBeam Latter L1 is unlikely to redefine the landscape of portable projectors and speakers, but it certainly offers a quirky alternative for those looking for a small way to project content. Nothing is known about the price yet, but the company plans to launch the device in North America sometime between April and June 2021.
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