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3M PocketProjector MP180 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £333
inc VAT

An amazingly versatile pico projector, but the included stand is poor, there's no remote control and it's expensive


800×600 resolution, 30 ANSI lumens, 32x64x150mm, 329g

The MP180 is a highly versatile office projector. It’s a short-throw model, which means it can project large images even when very close to a surface, and it can be hooked up to a source via VGA or component inputs (using an adaptor), display files from internal memory or a microSD memory card or copy them to internal memory over Bluetooth, and even browse the web over Wi-Fi.

Built-in office document and PDF support means you can read documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly from a memory card, and there’s also support for MPEG4 and H.264 movies and MP3, AMR and AAC audio files. BMP and JPEG image files can also be displayed. A resistive touchscreen interface lets you browse files, access settings and even browse the web, using the touchscreen to control a mouse and an on-screen keyboard. It’s extremely fiddly, but if it means not having to carry a laptop around with you then it may be worth it.

3M PocketProjector MP180 Front

Pico projectors use LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) chips. These are like a mirror with a liquid crystal layer. An LED light source is used, reducing power consumption and meaning the lamp lasts a long time (the LED lamp in the MP180 has an estimated life of over 20,000 hours). The upshot is a tiny projector that can project an 80in-diagonal picture at about two-and-a-half metres, with a built-in battery that lasts for about two hours. The MP180’s versatility makes it ideal for travelling business people, but it’s not without its flaws.

For a start, the MP180 only produces 30 lumens of brightness, so unlike normal business projectors designed for use under harsh office lighting, the MP180 should either be used in a darkened room or at very short range. The second limitation is a physical one: the desk stand that comes in the box is a three-legged tripod stand with flexible legs, which screws into a standard mount on the MP180’s underside. The legs don’t keep their shape well and so provide a rather shaky foundation; it would be wise to either invest in a proper tripod or a Joby GorillaPod.

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Price £333
Rating ***


Projector technology LCOS
Lamp brightness 30 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 20,000
Lamp life in economy mode 20,000


Native resolution 800×600
Max compressed resolution 1,280×800
Aspect ratio 4:3
Other aspect ratios 5:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 67in
Throw ratio 1.36:1 to 1.48:1
Optical zoom N/A
Projection distance 0.2m to 2.5m
Mirror image no
Invert image no
Lens shift horizontal N/A
Lens shift vertical N/A
HD Ready no
Special view modes N/A


VGA input no
DVI input No
Sound inputs none
Composite input no
S-video input no
HDMI input no
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support no
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs USB mass storage port, proprietary input


Size 32x64x150mm
Weight 329g
Internal speakers yes (2x 0.75W)
Extras desk stand, cables (power, VGA adaptor, component adaptor, USB)
Remote special features N/A
Power consumption standby N/A
Power consumption on N/A


Lamp cost (inc VAT) N/A
Lamp supplier N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) N/A

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