The 3M MP180 pocket projector is worth considering if you want to be able to quickly
provide impromptu presentations to small groups of people when you are out on your
travels. So its ideal for sales and marketing teams as well as those going on business
trips abroad. It is also really handy for personal use too.
It offers a range of interesting features including: SVGA 800 x 600 resolution; Up
to 2 hour battery life (at full brightness throughout); 2” touch screen for controlling
projector menus and controls; 4GB onboard memory and support for up to 32GB Micro
SDHC cards; viewer software for PowerPoint, Word, Excel, PDF files, photos and a
range of video formats too; …And if all that wasn’t enough it also provides Bluetooth
connectivity as well as web browsing via wifi.
So this projector can be used as a stand alone device with your presentations stored
onboard or as an ultra portable projector connected to another device. In fact it
comes with a generous list of connectors and plugs etc as standard (except an apple
ipad/iphone adaptor cable which can be purchased separately).
There are a few compromises though, which as long as you are aware of them in advance,
means you won’t be disappointed if you do get one:
The built in Picsel PowerPoint viewer used with onboard memory on this product doesn’t
support PowerPoint animations or slide transitions, so if you want animations you
will either have to convert your presentations to video (which we have tried and
are happy with the results) or use it like a conventional projector and connect it
to a laptop or netbook which can support PowerPoint animations.
With 32 lumens brightness it will never replace a conventional projector for all
your business presentation requirements. The image size it can produce is usable
but varies greatly depending on the ambient light in the room. In some quick tests
in well lit indoor locations we found it to be good for images of around 20-30 inches
diagonal size (depending on brightness in room) but with more subdued lighting anything
up to the claimed 80 inches image size can be achieved but again it depends on how
subdued the lighting is.
In our location review video we were surprised to find that it actually produced
images of between 50 and 53 inches diagonal without too much trouble in a reception
area and in a training room (natural daylight and the venetian blinds closed).
Whilst it does provide web browsing capabilities, it doesn’t support Flash (same
as the iPad) and its browsing speed is quite slow. So in this area don’t expect it
to match the latest tablet devices because it won’t. That being said, a pocket projector
with web browsing thrown in is still amazing. For business presentations, we found
connecting to the wifi in advance and putting key websites in the favourites list
is advisable as the virtual keyboard is a bit fiddly to use with an audience watching.
Although bigger than its predecessor, the MPro150, it will still fit in most pockets.
This is one of its key features as it means you don’t have to carry it around in
your hands everywhere… combine this with its ability to present to small groups of
people and its advantages over a tablet device or netbook become clear.
The use of the 2” touch screen to control projector menus means you don’t need to
let the audience see you navigate around the various files and screens.
So after using this product for a while now, we think it is a viable business presentation
tool especially useful for impromptu presentations for those on the move, or for
those at networking events where it can be stored in a pocket until required.
Watch the top video to see our detailed guided tour of the 3M MP180 and the second
video to see the MP180 in action.
3M MP180 pocket projector review
List price £399 inc VAT
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For a really neat speaker that works well with this projector look at our review
of the WoweeOne Classic here (special offer of free carry case available for our
readers when they buy one at the Woweeone website using our voucher code).