3M PocketProjector MPro 180 review

Posted on Sep 15 2011 - 10:43pm by Julius

3M has been in the pico projector market for a while now and each model they launch brings more features and more brightness. The 3M PocketProjector MPro 180 offers a bright 30 ANSI from its LED light source, which is double the output of of its predecessor, the MPro 150.

The 3M PocketProjector MPro 180’s liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) projector has a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, and can support input resolutions up to 1440 x 900. It is not the lightest pico projector in the market though as it weighs in at 338 g, and its 3-cell 2600 mAh Li-ion battery makes it a little bulky with dimensions of 150 x 65 x 33.5 mm. The projector’s battery pack can power the device for two hours, so a spare battery must be purchased.

Surprisingly, the device only has VGA and composite video inputs (no HDMI). It has 4 GB of flash storage and a micro SD slot at the side. It can also be connected to a PC or laptop via the supplied mini-USB cable and bluetooth which can also be used to copy files. 3M also has released an AV adapter for iPods and iPhones that costs £28.99.

The 3M PocketProjector MPro 180 performs weel, though. IT can project images that range from 10-inches to 80-inches from a distance of three meters. The quality of photos is quite reasonable, but it lacks sharpness.

To get the best out the the device, you’ll need a dark room and stick with a wall space sized of 60-inches to 70-inches.

The MPro 180 is an attractive pocket projector for the on-the-go professional. It’s compact and well-built body, and its built-in memory will make you leave your laptop in the office. Its touchscreen controls and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity makes it the ultimate device for your needs, just make sure that it is right for your budget.



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