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3M MP225a Pico Projector Review

A deplorably designed pico projector.

March 25, 2012
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Value

We like the 3M MP225A for its general simplicity and decent set of colors. All you have to do is plug it into an Apple device, use an appropriate app and it's going. The AAXA P4 is more versatile with more connection options, but requires a bit more effort to setup and play and does not have the same picture quality as the 3M MP225A. We think, for $100 less, the 3M MP225A is the way to go, that is unless you have no Apple devices, in which case you would have to go with the AAXA P4.

Blacks & Whites

These two picos have comparable peak brightnesses, the AAXA P4 coming out ahead slightly.

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Color

The 3M MP225A showed better color performance in all of our color tests.

Motion

The AAXA P4 processed motion spectacularly for such a small device. What we saw was comparable to some televisions and the best of the projectors we test.

Viewing Effects

We saw slightly less skewing of straight lines on the AAXA P4, showing a sharpness that outpaced the 3M MP225A.

Connectivity

The 3M MP225A is intended for very basic user control and really quick setup. The AAXA P4 has a bit more manual control and a few more ports to connect to devices other than those made by Apple. If you do not have an Apple device, but want a pico projector, you should go with the AAXA P4.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity & Media
  9. Power, Noise & Heat
  10. Optoma Pico PK320 Comparison
  11. Aiptek PocketCinema V50 Comparison
  12. AAXA Technologies P4 Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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