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Mimio Projector: Interactive Ultra Short Throw Projector

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4
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Education
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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2800
Weight: 16.5 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Connectors:  S-Video (x2), Composite, VGA In, HDMI, USB, RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Most ultra short throw projectors come from companies that build a lot of projectors. Mimio, in contrast, focuses on products for the education market and offers only one projector, with its first model aptly named the MimioProjector. Despite the company's limited projector experience the MimioProjector is a highly attractive product, and not just for the classroom but for business conference rooms as well.

The Mimio Projector delivers some notable improvements over models from companies known for projectors, largely because even though it's built around a 1280x800 DLP chip, it uses an IR camera instead of TI's interactive technology.

The camera comes as a separate module that fully integrates with the projector. Among other benefits, that lets you buy the projector and then add the camera later without the addition working like a bolted-on afterthought. It also gives you interactivity at the projector's full brightness, which we measured at just a little below its rated 2800 lumens.

All this makes the MimioProjector a solid value, at prices ranging from $1,329 list for the projector itself to $1,899 with the interactive module and two pens -- with education prices ranging from $999 to $1,499. There's also a modest savings for buying everything together instead of separately, although the wall mount is extra in any case.

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Comments (4) Post a Comment
michele Posted Aug 27, 2013 7:05 AM PST
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?
paul Posted Sep 9, 2013 1:37 PM PST
we convert the usb to cat 5 and run it through the network.
PacoPe Posted Sep 9, 2014 8:50 PM PST
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.
Andre Posted Jan 27, 2016 9:42 AM PST
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.

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