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Bonitor MP201 Projector Bonitor MP201
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Street Price: n/a
Lumens:15
Weight: 0.4 lbs
Resolution:640x480
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:LCoS
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:30,000 Hrs
30,000 (eco)
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  Composite, USB

Bonitor MP201 Pocket Projector

Jeffrey Janas, December 14, 2009

Brightness: The light output of our test unit was measured at 6.6 ANSI-lumens compared to the specification of 15 ANSI-lumens. While the brightness performance of this projector is not sufficient to replace a dedicated display in a fixed environment, the light output of this projector compares well to other projectors in this class. Six lumens of brightness will present some limitations to image size, however, it is sufficient to project highly viewable images when the screen size is kept in relation to the viewing environment. In situations with some ambient light present, I used a standard 8.5x11 inch sheet of paper as a portable screen. Keeping the image size confined to the 8.5-inch width of the paper screen produced an image of 19.2 ft-lamberts (assuming a unity surface gain). Images at this brightness level are viewable with moderate amount of ambient lighting; however, care should be taken to avoid any light directly hitting the screen.

In a completely dark environment, the MP201 could produce images of subjectively acceptable quality up to a 30-35 inch image width. Additionally, I was able produce a watchable image of up to 81" diagonal while maintaining acceptable image focus. This is actually slightly above the Bonitor's specification of a max image size of 75.2".

Limitations

Picture Adjustments: The MP201 does not have any type of on-screen menu or the ability to adjust picture attributes. The only physical buttons on the projector are an on-off switch and a focus dial. The ability to adjust basic brightness and contrast setting would help to increase the overall image quality of the MP201, as the images displayed by the default settings are slightly washed out with elevated black levels. While a higher black level setting will make the projector look brighter, user accessible settings to fine tune the projector to the viewing environment would be a welcome addition. The MP201's color reproduction is not noticeably limited by the elevated black level, as the projector is able to produce accurate flesh tones and relatively saturated colors.

Input Options: MP201 will only accept a composite video signal, over various cable adapters that plug into the 2.5 mm input jack on the MP201's rear face. Therefore, the MP201 cannot be used as a computer display, which is a feature on the Bonitor MP301 projector.

Conclusion

Sporting a sleek industrial type case design of brushed aluminum, the Bonitor MP201 is a highly portable projector about the size of an average cell phone that is available for under $250. While limited by only a composite video input, with the Bonitor MP201 and a portable video source, one can take the big screen experience anywhere. The overall picture quality will depend on the image size and the amount of ambient light in the viewing environment, but the MP201 is quite capable of an impressive image large enough to be enjoyed by more than one person at a time. It would be an ideal fit for a user who seeks a screen experience significantly larger than what is possible with a portable video source alone.


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Comments (3) Post a Comment
Anthony Posted Jan 16, 2010 9:59 AM PST
What kind of external speakers would be best for this projector?
Anthony Posted Apr 25, 2010 12:27 PM PST
Is this projector compatible with a bluray player? It says this on the bonitor website, but I've been told it isn't and HD projector and will have no affect on the image.
doris plorpbloft Posted Oct 19, 2011 11:43 AM PST
you could cause alot of greif with one of these.i might have to buy one

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