SONY MP-CD1

Mo­bile pro­jec­tion made easy

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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.

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