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3D: PC 3D Ready
Weight: 16.5 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
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Connectors:  S-Video (x2), Composite, VGA In, HDMI, USB, RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Mimio Projector: Interactive
Ultra Short Throw Projector

Marc Davidson, May 15, 2013

Test Results and Connectivity

Suitably Bright image. The MimioProjector came in at a touch below its 2800-lumen rating on our tests, at 2703 lumens with its brightest preset. The three other presets ranged from 1207 to 1708 lumens, and Eco mode dropped the brightness by about 23%, to 2071 lumens in the brightest mode.

One complication for DLP projectors is that color brightness can be significantly lower than white brightness, which can affect both color quality and the brightness of color images. We measured the color brightness at a little less than 25% of the white brightness in the brightest mode, which is at least partly responsible for the lower color quality in that mode. With the other three modes, color brightness varied from roughly 45% to 55% of the white brightness. The PC preset, which is the default setting and the second brightest mode, is certainly bright enough for the 92" image we used to stand up to a moderate level of ambient light.

Acceptable brightness uniformity. Maintaining uniform brightness over the entire screen can be a challenge for ultra short throw projectors, but even in that context, the MimioProjector's brightness uniformity was unusually low, at 57%. That was enough to show on a solid white screen as an obvious hot spot at the bottom center with cool spots on the upper left and right corners. However the difference is far less obvious on a screen that's broken up by text or graphics, making it unlikely that anyone would find it bothersome.

Good connectivity. The MimioProjector lacks a USB A port for reading files from a USB memory key, but otherwise includes all of the connectors you're likely to need:

  • 1 HDMI
  • 2 VGA IN (for RGB or component)
  • 1 S-video
  • 1 RCA composite
  • 1 VGA OUT (monitor loop-through)
  • 1 mini USB B (for interactive control)
  • 1 LAN (for network control only)
  • 2 Stereo mini plugs (each paired with 1 VGA In)
  • 2 RCA stereo IN (1 paired with composite and 1 paired with S-video)
  • 1 Microphone mini plug input
  • 1 mini plug stereo OUT
  • 1 RS-232 (for external control)
  • 1 12v DC Out
Review Contents: Introduction Strong Points Testing and Connectivity Limitations and Conclusion

Reader Comments(4 comments)

Posted Jan 27, 2016 9:42 AM

By Andre

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DO NOT buy this product! We have been using 3 Mimio Projectors for the last 2 years and they have been the worst purchase we ever made! The pens are ultra delicate, we have had the pens replaced 9 times. So bad now that the teachers only use the pens in exceptional cases.

The speaker on one of the projectors only works intermittently and on another projector the bulb went after 6 months (but only 1600 hours) and replacement bulb cost over €200.

The experience has been compounded by almost non-existent customer support.

Posted Sep 9, 2014 8:50 PM

By PacoPe

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the most strong feature is when you work in the Classroom or in main Directory rooms, in interactive mode with Mimio Studio plataform with Mimio Pad & Mimio Mobile Options. Recomended, only test, nice Suite & results, the best experience in cost/benefits terms.

Posted Sep 9, 2013 1:37 PM

By paul

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we convert the usb to cat 5 and run it through the network.

Posted Aug 27, 2013 7:05 AM

By michele

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Has anyone has an issue extending the "short" usb cable included so that you can run a cable to the desk computer...that will in all probability be more than 16' from the projector?

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