3m MPro150 Pocket Projector

The MPro150 is 3M's flagship pocket projector and it can create projections ranging from eight- to 50-inches in size

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3m MPro150 Pocket Projector The MPro150 sits above the MPro120 in 3M's Pocket Projector line
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  November 4, 2010

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Key Specs

Audio: Y
Brightness: 15 Lumens
Display size: 8- to 50-inch
Inputs: VGA, Composite, Component
Lamp life: 20000 hours

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The MPro150 is 3M's top pocket projector at the moment and the company claims it's suitable for business applications, movies and, oddly, even music.

Compared with the less expensive MPro120 the MPro150 supports several different file formats, features an on-screen menu system, 1GB of storage and a microSD card slot. Beyond this the projectors share the same LED engine that offers a brightness of 15 Lumens. The non-replaceable LED in the meanwhile is rated for 20,000 hours of operation and can create projections ranging from eight- to 50-inches (diagonally). The projector is VGA, SVGA, XGA and WXGA compatible.       

Testing the MPro150's movie capabilities we were left underwhelmed. While it accepted different video file formats we were unable to modify the aspect ratio and, perhaps more annoyingly, couldn't navigate within the video. The only functions available are pause, play and skip to the next file.

Feeding the projector Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and more in a dark room, the 3M created crisp, legible projections. Unfortunately even a little light will wash out the display so you'll have to pick your projection spots well. Moving to music, the 3M's two half-watt speakers created reasonably loud audio though it lacked bass. The quality of sound was also spoilt a little by the high-speed whine of the cooling fan.

Verdict: Best used as a business projector but given its high price, its lower-cost sibling is a better option.

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