Posted on September 23, 2010 Art Feierman
3M’s MPro150 Pico projector is a full featured native SVGA (640 x 480) resolution projector that has a manufacturer rated 15 lumens of light output. Fairly typical light output for a Pico projector. It in some ways differentiates itself from the rest of the Pico projectors by offering an internal memory/software system that allows you to load many different presentation file formats that can be run directly from the projector without a laptop. By no means is the MPro150 the only projector that has this capability, but it is not common amongst all. It however has some drawbacks when it comes to displaying these file formats. Will provide more detail about that in the Performance section.
The MPro150 is small and compares easily in size and weight with other Pico projectors in its class. It’s physical design in my opinion is one of the best I have seen. The touch menu on the top of the projector is well laid out and all the inputs are in very logical places.
The MPro150 supports multiple resolutions and can produce a 50 inch image. It’s ability to project multiple HD sources also makes this a real contender against other Pico projectors. In the performance section I will discuss the resolution issues and provide some helpful information so you can decide if MPro150 is a good fit for you. Priced at $350 dollars, although can be found much less at certain online stores, the 3M MPro150 might be a good choice but as you read on, you will be able to decide for yourself if the cost matches all the features you particularly need in a projector. Below are some highlights, specs and special features. After that we will dive a little deeper into the MPro150 Pico.
Displays Multiple Presentation Formats The MPro150 is able to run many types of presentation files without the use of a laptop. Display Excel files, PowerPoint files, Adobe Acrobat PDF’s by just uploading the files to the projectors internal memory.
Tripod Mount The MPro150 comes with a mini tripod and can easily mount to any tripod should you need to.
LED Light Technology You never have to replace the lamp. The LED light technology used in Pico projectors means you will most likely buy the latest model before the lamp ever fails.
Supports HD Just about any HD source can be viewed with the 3M MPro150. Accepts signals from digital cameras, game consoles, and other HD sources via standard size HDMI cable.
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