During the recently held CES 2010 in Las Vegas, 3M introduced the MPro150
to the world. As some of you might have guessed, this is an update to the MPro120, part of the 3M's successful MPro Pocket Projector Line. The MPro150 adds a lot of internal functionality that the 120 simply does not offer. While they both feature a 1280x800 resolution, i.e. HD Ready - the 150 is simply a brighter projector at 15 lumens.3M MPro 150 projector displayed at 3M's booth during CES 2010
Another important place where the MPro150 stands out is that it has 1GB of internal memory which allows for the storage of data without having to connect it to any laptop during a presentation. And if this storage isn’t enough, there is also a MicroSD card slot which the MPro120 also does not have. Because this version of the pocket projector has internal memory, it also has a USB 2.0 connection to allow for data transfer. It also has an audio out 3.5mm stereo jack which can enable one to hook up the projector to a pair of speakers if needed. Those speakers, though, may not be necessary because the MPro150 also has two built in speakers in addition to all of the other features that 3M has packed into this little device. There is also a multi connector port which supports VGA, component and composite video inputs.
While all of these connectivity options are fantastic, it’s what the MPro150 is capable of doing internally which is what really makes it shine. The MPro150 is capable of displaying Microsoft Office applications without having to be connected to a computer. All the user has to do is simply save the files to the MicroSD card or save the files to the onboard memory and the MPro150 will simply open up those files and display them as needed. In addition to Microsoft Office support, the MPro150 also supports Adobe PDF support, still and video image projection as well as MP3 playback.
All of these features come packed neatly in a 5.6 ounce package that is capable of delivering 2 hours of usage in normal brightness and 90 minutes in high brightness. The dimensions of the product can be found on the product specification website, but we can tell you that this thing is definitely something you could easily grab in your hand and go with. The MPro will retail for approximately $399, but we’ve already seen it go for $385 on sites like Amazon.
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