Picture quality was not as sharp and detailed
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.
Impressive for the price! Projects my iPad!
My ONLY complaint is that the sound from the projector is too quiet. For something that is supposed to be able to project a large image, one might expect that the sound would be comparable. It is not. In fact, the projector has a cooling fan that runs all the time, and I can actually hear the fan over the audio. Fortunately, there is a 3.5mm jack that can be used for external speakers or for headphones.
Don't expect to be blown away, and you won't be disappointed.
Fantastically cool product
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?
Built-in rechargeable battery, Solid build quality
The 3M streaming projector powered by Roku is a huge hit, as far as we're concerned. Both the projector and the Roku streaming stick that comes with it are multitaskers in that they can each be used with other devices around the home. And considering that a Roku streaming stick sells for $100 on its own, the $300 price for this combo is more than palatable; it's down-right appetizing.
If you're projecting at any kind of angle your frame isn't going to be perfectly rectangular
No. It's a fun novelty, but for most people $300 is too expensive for a novelty. It's clear to see how future generations of this product will be awesome, and we can't wait to see how it evolves. But for now it's more of a proof-of-concept.
Features dual-band Wi-Fi for movie watching without any hiccups
A price of $299 may seem steep for a device this small that also requires users to subscribe to third-party services to get at its intended functionality, but it's cheaper than some of the better pico projectors - and it comes with a Roku Streaming Stick that can be used separately (with caveats).
The 3M Streaming Projector is a really neat gadget for users who valuable portability and who aren't too bothered by its poor battery life.
Extremely Light and Portable, High input options
The 3M Streaming Projector is perfect for any home cinema fan looking to bring the world of streaming media on to their wall. If you love projecting movies and TV shows to get that home cinema experience let the 3M Streaming Projector bring you hours upon hours of entertainment.
Pop the Roku Stick out and use it in any compatible TV
It's really exciting for the future--here is a gadget that's legitimately good, at a very low price. Imagine the next one! If they can keep the price at $300 but bump the resolution and the lumen count for the next generation, it could be a must-buy.
Picture was clear
At a retail price of $230, this projector is worthy of consideration if you are not planning on upgrading to the new iPhone in the near future. It offers a clear picture with some added flare and attitude. This consumer has a shiny new gadget riding shotgun to her beloved iPhone 4s.
Excellent build quality
The 3M MP220's looks might not set pulses racing as much as some pocket rivals, but it more than makes up for its aesthetic shortcomings with its build quality, the extent of its features, its flexibility, and best of all its picture performance, which comfortably outperforms expectations raised by previous experience with such small projectors.
Serious film fans won't be happy with its lack of black level depth, we guess, but then the MP220 is fundamentally not targetted at that audience.
Looks and feels solid
The 3M Mobile Projector MP220 looks and feels solid. It clearly targets business users who can expense not just the unit's high price, but also the cost of the accessories that render it more usable. Its unusually high resolution should add to the corporate appeal. But if you don't need the extra high-res support, you might want to look at less-expensive DLP options.
Sweet Little Thing
Overall, this little guy is an excellent portable projector. The complaints I have are relatively minor and can often won't be a concern for someone using this with a laptop (for example, one could use the laptop speakers instead). The device is pricey but compared to the competition plus the convenience and features of this device, I think the price seems reasonable.
Excellent picture quality by pocket PJ standards
Ever since we saw our first pocket projector we've been seduced by the idea of tiny light boxes capable of producing big images but have routinely been let down by the reality of the dull, soft pictures pocket projectors so often produce.
Finally, though, in the 3M MP410 we truly have a product that delivers our dream combination of a pocket-sized form factor and pictures bright and contrast-rich enough to not only be purely functional but also actually enjoyable. Well done, 3M.
Colours aren't reproduced accurately
Image quality is very disappointing with the 3M MP410. We rarely see contrast this low and colour fidelity so far off the mark. Given its high price, we were expecting more. All in all, you're better off waiting for the technology to develop a bit more before investing in this kind of projector.
The Next Step in Mobile Projectors
The MP225 is bright enough to project a high quality image that will work well for both presentations and entertainment in a dark room. We are still far from the point of convergence, where all projectors shrink to a mobile size, but the long battery life and simple setup of this 3M unit show that they are still the company to beat. Unlike some previous products in this category, the niche audience this is aimed for will find this projector a valuable tool rather than solely a fun gadget.
The MP180's rainbow effect and lack of contrast prevent it from totally winning our hearts. However, provided you're not intending to watch too many Hollywood blockbusters on it, it's nonetheless a stunningly designed, thoughtfully conceived, feature-packed, cable-free and above all groundbreakingly flexible pocket projection temptation - one that's a lot cheaper, quicker to use and easier to cart about than your average laptop.
Extremely compact and easily portable
The 3M MP180 is a mid-cost pico projector. This projector is geared specifically toward business use. The MP180 provides thirty lumens of brightness for two hours of battery life (if you are using SVGA resolution), so that you can share presentations and video on the go.
Inbuilt web browser
As a projector, the MP180 is excellent. Even in brightly lit rooms it presents images well, and, while it's on the large side for what we'd call a "pocket" projector, we can forgive this, given the quality of its images. The inclusion of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, along with a large number of native business file formats, should give it plenty of scope as a portable business tool. Where the MP180 falls over, though (tripod aside), is the resistive touchscreen.
Reasonably long battery life
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.
photos were surprisingly sharp and vibrant (if slow to load), though line drawings and diagrams showed pixellation.
At just under $400, the MPro150 is no bargain. For much less (~$250), you can get its predecessor, which is fine if you’re running video from an external source. If the ability to project Word files on the wall of a dark room is something you really need, then this is your gadget. But if you want to watch movies, or load your old web video collection on a MicroSD card and have it on tap, I’d wait for the next generation.
A portable projector
The newest kid on the block, the MPro150 impresses us, but yet still leaves us feeling that it is merely a hint of better things to come. With a rather steep price of $727, it is purely reserved for those who really need a portable projector, like businessmen or traders. While it can double up as a PMP, the short estimated battery life of 2 hours is a drawback since most full-length movies can't be played to completion unless hooked to a power source.
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