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3M Streaming
Optoma 3D-XL 3D
3M POCKET PROJECTOR MPRO120
3M Mpro150
Microvision PicoP-based SHOWWX+
3M Streaming Projector
Optoma 3D-XL 3D Projector
3M POCKET PROJECTOR MPRO120
3M Mpro150 Projector
Microvision PicoP-based SHOWWX
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Jan 2011
Aug 2009
Jan 2010
Nov 2010
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
LCOS
LCOS
Laser
Image Brightness
60.0 ANSI lumens
2000.0 ANSI lumens
12.0 ANSI lumens
15.0 ANSI lumens
10.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC
PC, Mac
PC
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCOS Projector
LCOS Projector
Form Factor
Portable
Portable
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    For $300, the 3M Streaming Projector powered by Roku is fun and reasonably priced. The Roku Streaming Stick, or the "Rock You" as my kids say, is the projector's main selling point. When considering this product, you must decide what you expect from it. This sturdy device is best for a "driveway" movie with the kids or an end-of-the-summer pool party. It does not belong in a business meeting, nor would you want to use it for any kind of serious home theater movie viewing.


  • The 3M Streaming Projector packs the full power of a Roku box in a pico projector, making for an undeniably cool gadget, even with its limited battery life.

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    I review a lot of projectors, and rarely am I as amused or excited by them as I am by the 3M Streaming Projector. It's so. . . neat. It can't replace a "real" projector, of course, but for something portable, it's awesome. Tether it wirelessly with your phone (presuming your phone can act as a wireless hub), and you could have big-screen streaming video just about anywhere. How cool is that?

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    Optoma's 3D-XL is a simple, straightforward product that solves a common problem in 3D projection. The 3D-XL allows the best content available on Blu-ray and broadcast/satellite to be used on the most inexpensive 3D projectors available, a feat which was previously impossible. By down-converting and re-formatting the 3D signal, the 3D-XL can make 3D projection surprisingly affordable.


  • The Optoma 3D-XL is the missing link that lets today's 3D projectors show 3D from most of the sources you might want to use them with.


  • There are some pretty amazing things about the 3D-XL. Starting with its truly startling cheapness. And the fact that it can upgrade some models of projectors you might already own to 3D, rather than requiring you to buy a whole new 3D projector system. Also brilliant is its suppression of 3D's dreaded crosstalk noise. However, its 3D effect isn't entirely convincing at times - or at least it seems to demand more effort from your brain and eyes than we felt entirely comfortable with.

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    The MPro120's ability to connect to both computers and video sources, combined with its relatively bright image and reasonably long battery life, makes it a good choice for both business and personal use. Bring it on a business trip, and you can connect to your laptop to show presentations during the day and then connect to your iPod to watch movies in your hotel room at night.


  • The 3M Pocket Projector MPro120 connects to computers and video sources, boosts brightness over 3M's first-generation MPro110, and fits in a shirt pocket.


  • The 3M MPro120 is a solid performer with excellent image quality, outstanding battery life, and easy-to-use features.

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    - Occasionally sluggish menu.
    - Contrast is sufficient for Word or Powerpoint documents, while images and video will benefit from more restricted lighting conditions.
    - The A/C adapter is international and can accept a wide variety of power configurations, and the tines are interchangeable between US, UK, European, and Australian standards.


  • The 3M Pocket Projector MPro150 delivers a relatively bright image, unusually loud audio, and the ability to show images from a wide range of sources.

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    - The device is easy to control and displays a decent quality picture.


  • Surprisingly similar to the original ShowWX, but with the one serious problem?in the form of a flickering green line with some images?solved, plus any number of small improvements and a lower price, the MicroVision ShowWX+ laser projector is well worth a look.


  • The Microvision SHOWWX laser pico projector is the full package. It's a battery-powered projector that can be plugged directly into an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with the help of an included cable. However, it illustrates the problem with almost all current pico projectors - it's just not bright enough to produce a satisfying image large enough to make projection worthwhile.

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    Product page: Microvision ShowWX+.