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HP's Ultraportable Contender

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HP mp2210 Projector HP mp2210
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2200:1 Contrast Ratio
1500 Lumens
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It has been about 3 years and 5 months since HP entered the projector market. They said they came to play and it seems they were serious. In that span of time HP has produced 25 projector models covering everything from home theater to large venue applications. That's a new projector every 1½ months on average. Not bad for a relatively new player. This article is about the mp2210, HP's smallest and lightest offering.

Target Audience
The HP mp2210 is targeted for the mobile presenter who thrives on nimble projectors that plug'n play and educators who are willing to pay a little more for XGA (1024 x 768) resolution to overcome the detail limitations of the less expensive SVGA (800 x 600) projectors. For the mobile user, the mp2210 touches the scales at 2.4 pounds (1.1.kg) making it 37% lighter than HP's mobile offering of last year and among the lightest projector in its class.

For both the presenter and the educator, ambient room light is either desirable or required to allow eye contact and note taking. The only way to overcome ambient light at the screen is with more light from the projector. Using Texas Instruments' DLP technology and a 156 watt lamp, the mp2210 delivers 1500 ANSI lumens and 2200:1 contrast ratio. This level of light output and contrast is sufficient to conduct a meeting with an image as large as 120 inch diagonal and still allow enough room light (70 lux measured at the screen) for easy eye contact.

Basics
The mp2210 projector is designed for portability with a nice carrying pouch and 3 cables (power, USB and VGA) that pack into a cable carry case making both of them easy to fit into luggage or hand carry. A credit card style remote control is simple and effective with a range up to 30 feet (9 m). The User's Manual is provided on CD.

The unit is black with a clear plastic lens cover that is attached to the projector for the benefit of those of us who lose everything that isn't attached. The I/R receivers for the remote control are located on the front and back of the projector, which is a nice change from earlier standup models from HP that had the receivers on the side of the projector forcing you to point the remote control at the projector rather than intuitively pointing to the screen to control your slides or adjust the image.

Source selection and settings can be quickly accessed from either the keypad on the mp2210 or the remote control. The remote control also includes a mouse capability that allows you to control applications as you would with any mouse whether it's a spreadsheet or a presentation. The remote mouse is activated by simply connecting the mp2210 to your computer using the USB cable provided by HP.

Setup is fast and simple. A rear tilt adjustment and a solid front spring loaded leg allow for a quick adjustment of the image from most any table to the screen. A manual vertical keystone correction provides adjustment of up to ±15°. Vertical keystoning occurs whenever your projector is not perpendicular to the screen causing the image width to be different at the top and bottom. There is no control for horizontal keystone correction, so you need to position the projector on the vertical center line of the screen to avoid horizontal image distortion.

Generally we advise against using too much keystone correction as it can introduce scaling artifacts making it difficult to read small text; however, HP is using the latest generation of scalers and they do a remarkable job of maintaining readable text. But there is another minor side effect to keystone correction. As you add keystone adjustment, the image gets smaller. At maximum keystone adjustment of ±15°, the image is 15% smaller and 7.5% dimmer than an unscaled image of the same size.

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