Mobile projection made easy
Now project anywhere you want with Sony’s latest projector
Few companies have tried their hand in mobile projection in the last few years. While companies like Samsung and a few others preferred to concoct a smartphone with a built-in projector, Motorola went ahead and created a mod for its Moto Z phones. Sony, on the other hand, reckons a dedicated accessory is an answer to mobile projection.
The MP-CD1 features a sleek metal design and a black slipcase for carrying it around. The focus slider is placed on the left side while the ports - USB-C, USB-A out, HDMI and 3.5mm audio jack on the right side. There’s a fan to take care of heat dissipation underneath the unit and a tripod socket. MP-CD1’s design is practical and has been clearly designed with portability in mind.
During our use, we found MP-CD1’s performance to be okay. While ease of use is one of the strong points of
MP-CD1 and its brightness, the projector lacks in terms of resolution. It uses Texas Instrument’s DLP IntelliBright technology that improves the brightness to up to ANSI
105 lumens but this brightness comes at the expense of resolution. The projector supports a maximum resolution of (854x480) and the low resolution is obvious when you expand the viewing area (it supports up to
120-inches at a projection distance of 3.45m). The projector comes with a 1W speaker, which is weak in most occasions but the device comes with a 3.5mm audio jack to connect headphones or external speakers. Auto keystone helps to correct the projection even when the device is projecting on a surface at an angle. The built-in 5000mAh battery is good enough to last a single movie.
Do note, you can’t wirelessly project from a mobile device. You need a Chromecast-like device and while it’s not advertised, Sony bundles a third-party casting device that makes projecting YouTube, Netflix, etc, wirelessly possible from the smartphone.
MP-CD1 scores high on the ease of use, portability, and lamp brightness. But the projector suffers from the weak audio output and low resolution. If portability is the top-most priority, MP-CD1 won’t disappoint but if projection quality is what you’re looking for, you might want to look elsewhere.