3M MP225a Pico Projector Review
A deplorably designed pico projector.
The 3M MP225A comes with a built-in stand that flips out of the bottom, raising this Pico about 3/4'' off the ground, giving it an angle of about 10º. It's a nice piece of built-in versatility, but we have to note that this diminutive stand is made of some thin plastic. The stand will definitely support the MP225A, but we advise that you be careful, it feels a bit fragile.
The lamp is rated for 20,000 hours, which means it can run for 2.28 years straight on full blast before burning out. However, the lamp cannot be replaced, so once it has burnt out, proper disposal is the only course of action. Considering most people will not use a projector without turning it off for the next two years, this hefty amount of lamp life should get you through to the next line of smaller, more awesome gadgets before it burns out.
Remote Control Tour
There is no remote for the MP225A. In many of the advertorial photos of this product, we see people holding the projector as they laugh harder than they have in years (often copious amounts of wine are shown in these shots too). The MP225A does fit nicely in your hand, leaving your thumb right on top where the manual controls lie, so this might be a reasonable option, but minor hand tremors will make for a very shaky projection. Also, this projector is primarily designed for use with Apple products like the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, which all have their own controls and can be used as the remote instead.
In the Box
The contents of the box were sparse, containing the projector, the proprietary Apple device connection cord, a warranty and safety guide, two quick start guides (1 French, 1 English), a DC wall power adapter, and a small card congratulating us on the purchase of our new MP225A.
For a pico projector, the MP225A isn't the smallest, but for portability we still hold it in high regard. It's not going to fit very well in a jacket pocket, at almost 6'' long, 1.5'' thick, and about 2.25'' wide, with some significant weight at 11.46 oz, but put it in any bag without a thought. One plug to connect to devices makes this an easy and quick setup, which adds to the portability in our esteem.
Setup could not be simpler. There is no menu system, so one connection, using the included Apple cord or the optional VGA cord, and you are projecting right away.
This 3M pico has some style built in. They went with a white casing, which we assume is meant to match some Apple products, given that the only connection that comes in the box is for Apple devices. White plastic will eventually show use marks, but it won't show fingerprints like reflective black casing. A small ring of red plastic circles the manual controls on the top for a touch of flare and connection to the 3M brand. The rounded form of the body makes it fit in the hand very nicely.
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