SHINY VIDEO REVIEW: 3M MPro 110 projector
I’ve been playing around with 3M’s MPro 110 projector for a couple of weeks now, and I’m not sure what it’s for. It will throw a (small) picture onto a wall in a dark room, sure, but it seems to be built to be portable. The problem is that I can’t see a situation that you’ll encounter on a regular basis where this thing will be useful.
Even in lights-down conditions, it simply isn’t bright enough for you to see what’s going on – a pitch-black room would be fine, but on-the-move – where this product is intended to be used – you’re not going to run into those conditions.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I don’t have a real problem with the product (beyond the cable length issue mentioned in the video) – I just don’t see any demand for it. I guess that’s 3M’s problem, not mine. It can be yours (the product, not the problem) for £299, and it’s available now.
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I had an infocus projector that I used for presentations. It was sort of small (half the size of my laptop) but I’m in sales and for my use (2-5 people presentations usually) it got bulky and I kept breaking the bulb which got expensive also. I agree the 10-12 lumen projectors are no good for presentations, but I am now using the AAXA P2 pico projector which is 33 lumens and is just about bright enough for most presentations. Coffee shops, small conference rooms (lights off, etc.) it works fine. It’s also great because it’s battery powered. Big rooms, bright lights it doesn’t work, but that’s when I use my laptop as backup. I guess pico projectors are fine for me when it’s only a few people, but I can’t wait for them to get brighter and smaller.
Overall, it seems that the majority of the “pocket” projectors are aimed at young people with more money than gadget sense. You know, the ones that see something new and just have to have it.
For anyone that wants to put on a presentation, the majority of video projectors are so light weight that carrying them around shouldn’t be a issue.