WTF IS THE SONY MP CD1?
Is that a projector in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?
Relieved to confirm that, yes, it is a projector. And a flippin’ teeny one at that. If you’re like us and spend countless hours every week perusing crowdfunding sites, you’ll know that miniature projectors are having a bit of a phase. Whether it’s because of the World Cup or the soaring prices of cinema tickets, people are going nuts for those portable beamers… and so it was only a matter of time before one of the big guns waded in. Thus, the Sony MP-CD1.
Interesting. What can it do?
It’s not going to floor you with specs, but that’s not the point. Sony’s pitching its diminutive device as the ideal portable companion for gamers, film fans and suited types who want an easy way to supersize their presentations. Despite not being much larger than a smartphone, the MP-CD1 can project an image up to 120in in size from a distance of 3.5m. You won’t be holding movie nights in a cupboard, but this Sony should work fine in smallish rooms.
Chuck some more numbers at me!
Alright then. The projector is rated at 105 lumens, with a resolution of 854x480. Again, not spectacular, but you’re carrying a cinema in your goddam pocket – and Sony’s included a ‘dynamic’ mode to give brightness and colours a boost. Besides, it’ll only cost you $400, which is decent for a projector. It also packs in automatic keystone correction, so it can beam images from a flat surface without needing a tripod. Providing you have the wobble-restraint of a skilled surgeon, you could technically do it from the palm of your hand.
Right, I’m already planning my private screening of The Godfather trilogy in the bathroom. Doable?
Maybe not all three at once. The built-in 5000mah battery should be good to keep on beamin’ for two hours – enough for a movie from a laptop or a decent gaming session on your PS4, both of which can easily be hooked up via HDMI.