I tested the MP410 with an iPad, using Apple’s HDMI adapter, and found that the 1280x800 resolution related quite well. The combination of the two makes for an ultraportable presentation solution.
One of the things that most interested me about the MP410, however, is the promise of being able to leave the iPad or laptop behind and just load presentations on to an SD card or, better yet, the projector’s internal 1GB storage.
Thing is, the MP410 only supports certain photo, video and audio f iles for playback – so PowerPoint or Keynote presentations must f irst be converted into a compatible video format, or series of images, before being played directly on the projector.
3M also has an optional wireless USB accessory and apps that will enable you to transmit presentations from an iOS, Android or BlackBerry device – but these need to be converted f irst using the free PTG Software the company provides.
For general use the MP410 is truly excellent considering its tiny size. Images are crisp and bright and set-up is easy.
A tad expensive, but priceless for those who need it
R8 000 The internal speakers aren’t amazing, but should suffice for small meetings if you need sound. The cooling fan on the projector is rather loud, but didn’t bother me. Its LED bulb is good for 20 000 hours of usage before it needs replacement.
The MP410 can also be mounted on any standard tripod or 3M’s own offering, sold separately. This would be a handy addition, as I did have one or two occasions where the projector needed to be propped up and I had to use a book for the purpose as the device does not have extendable legs.
Having a portable projector this small is priceless and it’s also useful in the home environment for quickly getting sports games beamed into kitchens or braai areas – or converting spare rooms into movie cinemas for kids at parties.
The MP410 is easily the best projector in its class, but is rather expensive, especially when the inf lated South African price is compared to what it goes for elsewhere. For those who need it, however, the price tag will easily be justified.