HP mp3220 User Reviews
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I purchased this item from ebay for £300, having only 100hours lamp use, which was a bargain. Would def. fork out the £1000 price tag for a new one though. On HPs site they've just discontinued this product, but replaced it with a brighter (2,400 lumens) model that seems pretty similar apart from that and the extended lamp life in lamp saver mode. I've just hooked my new xbox 360 up to my projector using a hd vga cable and have to say the 1024 x 768 resolution is absolutely stunning. It's so good, in fact, that i can no longer bear to play it on my regular tv. Seriously, if you can pick one of these babies up as cheaply as I did, i recommend it
Any Problems: None, a beautiful piece of kit
The HP MP3220 is an excellent little projector for presentations and general use. I have mine ceiling-mounted at home for HT purposes, and it doesn't dissapoint. The unit works excellently right out of the box, and the image quality is at least "as good" or even better than comparable products on the market. The advertised 2000 lumens is definitely accurate-- this projector is more than sufficiently bright. In fact, I keep mine on Econo Mode most of the time. The construction is the best I've seen; the unit is encased in a clean, white metal case instead of cheap plastic. As ceilings are (usually) white, the unit blends in nicely. However, the one issue with the unit (though very light and small) is that it doesn't have enough inputs. The last projector I had was an LCD, and it had a pletora of inputs: 2 VGA inputs, a component input set, S-Video and Composite. The MP3220 only has one VGA input (doubles as Component via an adapter cable, NOT included), one S-Video and Composite. Pretty sparse, especially if you use it with both a PC and a component-out DVD player or game system.. but then again, I'm not swapping inputs on a daily basis, so it's not that big of an issue.
Any Problems: The unit is advertised as being able to resize from a max resolution of 1600x1200 (UXGA). The firmware the mp3220 ships with doesn't preserve the correct aspect ratio at this resolution. However, HP was since released a firmware update that solves this problem, and after a quick and painless update, the unit works flawlessly from 640x480 to 1600x1200 and everything in between!
I purchased this unit as a TV replacement/home theater projector. The image is bright and crisp for PC use through its VGA input only and fairly decent for 480p/i through a component cable, though a component/VGA breakout adapter is needed for that. I'm pleased with its light weight and easy-to-use features but at the same time disappointed with my decision to select this model from so many others. It definitely is great value for the buck for PC use.
Any Problems: Lack of component video inputs makes it a very poor choice for home theater use.
I have 2 of these projectors and they are just right. Light weight, easy setup, 3k hours on the lamp and only $200. to replace the lamp. Lots of light even on a 14' screen. I keep one in my truck all the time.
Any Problems: I was not able to get the component input to work but it looks fine on s-video so oh well.
The ideal projector for dteady and mobile use, very easy to use with clear pannel control, nice remote, nice view of presentations and movies
Any Problems: mono