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3M MP225a Pico Projector Review

A deplorably designed pico projector.

March 25, 2012
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Value

We are still working on testing the Aiptek V50, because we could not connect it to our computer for testing. We tried routing the AV composite connection into a VGA converter, but the effort was for naught. Some of the results will have to wait, but key figures like peak brightness and color gamut have been recorded.

Until then, we know that the Aiptek V50 is much brighter than the 3M MP225A but has a lousy set of colors. We also know that the Aiptek V50 has many more possible connections to be made with a host of devices (not quite so easy to connect with for a computer though). We see these projectors filling the same niche: small easy to setup devices for home video.

The 3M MP225A, though mainly limited to Apple devices without the optional VGA cable, we think is the better option. If you want to play video in a portable setting, Apple devices are the way to go. No one wants to bring a DVD player with them to play video through the composite connection. It's just a bit dated at this point, and with such a now device like a pico, we need them to connect to the most fashion forward gadgets to be able to appreciate and use them regularly.

Blacks & Whites

The Aiptek V50 proved to be significantly brighter than the 3M MP225A, a big measure of quality for these little projectors.

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Color

Comparing color gamut alone (it is the only color information we have at this point), we see that the Aiptek V50 did a rather deplorable job replicating the standard set of colors. The 3M MP225A has a much better set of colors.

Motion

This comparison will be written soon. For now, we know that the 3M MP225A showed some of the worst motion processing we have ever seen over the VGA cable.

Viewing Effects

To be announced.

Connectivity

The 3M MP225A is very limited in its connectivity which makes it really easy to setup and use. The Aiptek V50 on the other hand has connections for USB, memory card, and composite video, so a DVD player or a gaming system will connect just fine. There is also some internal memory on the Aiptek V50 so you can play files for a presentation right away.

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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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