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3M's MPro110 digital projector now on sale

updated 01:30 pm EST, Wed November 12, 2008

3M digital projector

3M on Wednesday announced the release of its first handheld digital projector, the MPro110, meant for use in business, entertainment and field applications. Capable of projecting images between 6 and 50 inches, the MPro110 is just 4.5 inches long but can still output a 1280x768 resolution. 3M points out its new mini projector is the only one on the market with an integrated VGA port. The Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) projector can display content from connected personal multimedia devices such as digital cameras and certain MP3 players.

The LED light source provides 10,000 hours of life, does not require a fan for cooling and has no need for a lamp replacement. The MPro110 uses a built-in rechargeable lithium ion battery that lasts between 40 and 60 minutes, according to 3M. The 3M MPro110 is now available for purchase in Canada at major retailers, priced at just about $360. A US release date hasn't been mentioned.

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  1. psdenno

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    This goes... the top of my Christmas list.

  1. ScottGG

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    Joined: Dec 2007


    it is useless!

    "I bought this just a week or two after it was released, after reading a couple of reviews that were in the secondary (not mainstream) media. These reviews must have been written by geeks who never have to actually present anything. They said they liked it. I am not sure why! Because it is small?--maybe, but other than that, it is useless. I can't imagine subjecting a group of more than one to try to look at the image. They would question why I did not just show it on my notebook computer. The largest image possible was about 28" and the larger the image, the fuzzier and the fainter the image.

    Don't waste your money! The reason you would buy this is to do presentations on the road, where the portable nature of the unit makes it easy to transport. Sure--it is very small, but the output is absolutely terrible. Why would you want to show any product or presentation through a dirty lens? That's what it looks like. Its like trying to hold up a candle to a negative or slide and trying to view it. The resulting image is skewed, fuzzy, and, in many cases, unreadible. I had it hooked up to my notebook computer with a 13" display and I compared both images. Realize that I had darkened the room to almost black (which is hard to do in most business environments) and the image on my notebook computer was stunning compared to the 3M output. It was like a weak flashlight trying to light up a Powerpoint. Waste of money. I returned the same day it came in, and had a 15% restocking fee for the piece of junk. This is the first product that I knowingly bought made by 3M. It is an embarrassment and certainly will make me think twice about buying a 3M-branded product. Stick with conventional alternatives or use your notebook display. Pocket the $300-$400 and let it grow for 30 years."

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