3M MP225a Mobile Projector

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3M MP225a Mobile Projector

3M MP225a Mobile Projector

  • Up to 2 hours of battery life per charge (or runs continuously on AC power)
  • Projects a screen size of up to 80 inches diagonally
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod, iPad, iPad 2, laptops and gaming devices (additional cable(s) sold separately)
  • 32 lumens of brightness
  • Audio out for external speakers or headphones

The 3M Mobile Projector allows big screen viewing of your content from Apple devices through the 3M Video Cable (included). Or pair it with a 3M VGA Cable (sold separately) and it does the same thing from your laptop. Project and share in a big way anywhere. Just connect, and then project. The 10″ to 80″ adjustable screen size makes it ideal for all situations. The 2 hour battery life means you can watch an entire movie. The user-friendly interface makes it simple to use. Have even more fun with your Apple iOS devices. Watch episodes of Mad Men with coworkers. Instantly share vacation photos with friends. Stream Netflix movies with the kids. Hook it up to just about any computer or laptop with a 3M VGA Cable (sold separately). You can mirror your display or even use the projector as a secondary display. 3M VGA Cable and Apple VGA Adapter cables required.

List Price: $ 299.00

Price: $ 138.77

Originally posted 2015-07-18 23:45:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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  1. 168 of 178 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Next Step in Mobile Projectors, December 23, 2011
    By 
    Nerd Alert (USA) –
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    This review is from: 3M MP225a Mobile Projector (Office Product)
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    Mobile projectors are still what I would consider bleeding edge, both in the sense that they are relatively new and in the sense that they are still not quite ready for a mainstream audience. However, the MP225 is a substantial step in the right direction.

    SETUP

    There are few instructions with this unit, because there are almost no options. Plug the device into either an i-device or a computer via the overpriced VGA cable, which I purchased for this review, and you are ready to go. Component cables are also available for purchase separately. The MP225 was detected flawlessly when I plugged it in and I was ready to go. The only buttons are for volume, power, and battery, the latter of which displays remaining battery life on the screen.

    PICTURE

    Before speaking about picture quality, I would like to clarify that the way we perceive lumens is not linear. You may look at the 32 lumen rating vs. a similarly priced normal sized projector with lumens in the thousands and think it will be impossible to see. This is not the case, because as you increase lumens, you need a greater and greater lumen increase to be able to detect an increase in brightness. This relates to how our eyes work. For a mobile projector, 32 lumens is very impressive by current standards, and a substantial step forward for the technology.

    So, what does that increase do? If you spend an equivalent sum of money on a standard projector, you will have an image bright enough to use with the room lights on and the windows open, which is ideal for both work and home use (unless you are a vampire). Unfortunately, the MP225 is only visible in a well-lit room when projecting a very small size image. If you have a laptop, for example, using the laptop screen would be much better. However, turn the lights off and this projector works shockingly well. The specs say that the projected image can be a maximum of 80″ diagonal. Taking into account the 800×600 resolution, that means around a 64″ (5.3′) horizontal size.

    As a side note here, this aspect ratio is 4:3, emphasizing the intent of this for business presentations over entertainment, though it can certainly do both well and handles motion nicely.

    I used a tape measure to project an 80″ diagonal image. In order to get this size, the projector sat around 8′ from the wall. With the lights on, the image was almost impossible to even detect. However, with the lights off, the image was just a little washed out, which is very impressive for a mobile projector! At this size, the text is fuzzy even at the best focus level, and it gets terrible at any larger size. Perhaps acceptable for watching a movie, but not for Powerpoint. The colors are good overall, but lean a bit brown. This is particularly evident with skin tones. It’s likely that this could be corrected if there were calibration options, but I could find none.

    As a final note on the picture, there is an important issue which has yet to be addressed in mobile projectors in my experience. For using them in random places like the oft mentioned hotel room for presentations, it is important to have versatility in where the projector is placed. For standard projectors, there is keystoning (manual and/or digital) to correct for the distortion of placing the projector at a vertical or horizontal angle to the wall. Some even have lens shift features. With the MP225, these features are completely absent, so for a given size image, the projector needs to be in a very exact place and angle. The little kickstand is nearly worthless for this, so I recommend buying a tripod. Any standard camera tripod will work. This required accessory substantially hurts the portable nature of the product.

    BATTERY

    The battery is awesome. It makes up a large portion of the projector’s size and weight, but it is worth it. The 2-hour spec was almost exactly true in my test. This means that you aren’t tethered to a wall socket.

    BUILD

    The projector is all plastic, but does not feel cheap. 3M sells a carrying case, which may be a good idea if you plan to travel with it a lot, but it should stand up to normal handling.

    CONCLUSIONS

    The MP225 is bright enough to project a high quality image that will work well for both presentations and entertainment in a dark room. We are still far from the point of convergence, where all projectors shrink to a mobile size, but the long battery life and simple setup of this 3M unit show that they are still the company to beat. Unlike some previous products in this category, the niche audience this is aimed for will find this projector a valuable tool rather than solely a fun gadget. Just make sure that this product is what you are looking for before you buy it. It will not replace a normal projector. Then again, neither will a normal projector replace this.

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  2. 58 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Forget presentations, this is just plain fun, January 11, 2012
    By 
    TW
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    This review is from: 3M MP225a Mobile Projector (Office Product)
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    Customer Video Review Length:: 3:32 Mins

    What a blast!

    This projector is a lot of fun.

    There are a few things to take note of, but overall, it’s got some great pro’s going for it:

    + Small (fits well in your hand)
    + Light (It’s easy to hold and project anywhere)
    + Impressive (Family we showed it to loved it and wanted one too)
    + Projects movies just fine as well as some apps
    + Projects even bigger than advertised (6 to 8 feet wide and still looks pretty good)
    + Onboard speakers are pretty good
    + You can project YouTube videos from the YouTube app

    There are a few negatives:

    – Could the 3M logo on the conector be any larger? Come on, 3M, your name is already on the projector.
    – Doesn’t mirror (the included cable doesn’t offer mirroring of all screens on the iPad, just the video and some apps.
    – There is a small fan inside that makes some noise
    – Battery is okay. Wish it could go longer than 2 hours.
    – With the given cable, it doesn’t let you project photos from the native photo app
    – Wish it came with a little pouch or case for the projector

    It displays videos and the screens of some apps (like StarWalk that I show in the video).

    I tested this with the iPad 2, and aside from the minuses mentioned works great. We’ve enjoyed it

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  3. 58 of 68 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    You do not need additional cables to mirror Ipad,ipad2,iphone3gs,iphone4,iphone4s!, December 23, 2011
    By 
    Michael Y (dix hills, ny United States) –

    This review is from: 3M MP225a Mobile Projector (Office Product)

    You do not need additional cables to mirror Ipad,ipad2,iphone3gs,iphone4,iphone4s!!!!

    When I first got it I ran some test, was initially disappointed it could not mirror my iphone4.
    Then I found out I have to buy additional cables ( what the hell?!) and was not happy about that!

    So I started researching…….after 2hours BINGO !! found a free solution !

    if you have a jailbroken Ipad1/ipad2 or iphone ( any version!)
    goto cydia and search for tvout2
    once u install tvout2(it is free), you will NOT need additional cables to MIRROR your Ipad/iphone screen !! just the included 3m cable is enough!!!
    It will mirror exactly what is on your idevice screen WITH the sound coming out from projector !

    can play angry birds or browse the net with projector !
    that little application make this projector AMAZING!

    without this amazing tvout2 app, the projector is 3 stars due to additional cables requirement.
    with this amazing little app, projector is 100 stars :D

    Have fun you all
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    One year Update : This device been amazing for entire year I have own it! Played many movies off it and enjoyed the large screen it projects upon my wall. I have extra speakers hooked up to the projector to creat a movie theater experience as well. This device really shines when you play blueray contents off your iDevices. The higher the quality of your mp4, the sharper it is at large projections. Very satisfy with it so far.

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