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3M MP225a Pico Projector Review

A deplorably designed pico projector.

March 25, 2012
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Throw

With no zoom on the lens, we have to score the throw as zero.

Screen Brightness

If the table below is any indication (it is) then you will not be able to project a 140-inch screen successfully. 6 lux is just not enough to see anything. We have an 80-inch projection screen in our labs and were able to test this pico in a dark room successfully. Increasing the screen size or the amount of ambient light will make watching a picture with this projector difficult. Either keep it close to a projection surface or keep the lights completely off to enjoy this device.

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Optical Issues

These may look like blurry pictures, but they are focused pictures of a blurry projection. The picos have a hard time showing a very sharp picture. We noticed some bowing of lines across the top of the screen. In fact, we could not get the MP225A to show four straight sides. The best we could do left a bit of a dip on the top edge, with all of the corners aligned.

Formats

Using the proprietary Apple cable, you can project 720p or 1080i video from compatible apps. You cannot mirror an Apple device display, but apps like Netflix and Keynote will work. You can also play stored videos and pictures from your Apple device.

Using the optional (as in not included and costs more money) VGA cable, none of the standard video resolutions will work. There are a host of computer resolutions to use, but the sharpness at these resolutions is poor. Furthermore, we test these as video devices and inability to reproduce standard video resolutions through a computer cable forces us to detract points from the score.

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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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