3M MPro 110 Pico Projector Review
February 26, 2009,
The new ultra small pico projectors on the market represent a big step toward small projectors suitable for presentations, video, photos, and gaming. Their pocket size makes them highly portable and lets you project onto anything that's available. The 3M MPro110 is an example of this new breed.
At 5.6 ounces, the 3M MPro110 pico projector delivers a VGA resolution image (640 x 480) using 3M's proprietary
The MPro110 has a battery life of 40 minutes. If movies are your primary interest, you might pick up a spare battery. The MPro110 uses LEDs as its light source and, according to 3M, they should last 10,000 hours. If you used it for an hour a day, it would support you for over 27 years.
3M MPro110 as a Video Projector
The 3M MPro110 does a good job of displaying video. In low ambient light, I was able to achieve a 36"+ diagonal video image with both an iPhone and portable DVD player using the MPro110's composite video input. The colors were somewhat muted due to the low light output of pico projectors and the corners were a little dark, but the image was presentable.
3M MPro110 as a Data Projector
Next, I wanted to see how the 3M MPro110 would display a PowerPoint slideshow (saved as jpeg files) from my iPhone. After 3 minutes of setup, I was presenting my slideshow with two devices that fit in my front pockets. This is what pico is about and where the value lies in a product like this.
As in our video test, the data image also had some darkening at the corners. If you need a hands free environment and you're using an RGB
Pico projectors are a lot fun and great attention getters. To maximize your business and social enjoyment try to minimizing room light and project to a surface of neutral color. If you can't control the room light try a smaller image. It will brighten it up. See our article on pico projectors for information on how image size affects brightness.
The 3M MPro110 supports photos, video and data; however, it lacks a speaker or audio output. Although many portable computers, cell phones, games and MP3 players have an audio output and a speaker, some, such as the iPhone, may disable the speaker when the video adapter is connected. In this case a headset is your only audio alternative.
Like other pico projectors, the 3M MPro110 is a first generation product and improvements will come with future models. Ultimately this technology will be integrated into popular hand held devices; thereby, eliminating cables and simplifying their use.
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