Certainly at the top of my “what I’d really like to own if Mrs. The Droid Lawyer would let me buy anything” list is a new projector. In particular, I want a nice “pocket” projector that will stow easily in my computer bag.
Well thankfully, AT&T gave me a chance to play with the Miroir MP60 pocket projector.
The Miroir MP60 definitely isn’t going to replace your home theater room’s high-definition projector, but if you’re looking for a great tag along product, this is it.
Of course, if you wanted an impromptu neighborhood movie night, the MP60 would work just fine.
For being such a small device (3 7/8 x 3 7/8 x 7/8 in), this projector actually performs quite well in picture quality. The 85 lumen LED lamp shines a native resolution of 854×480 and can handle up to 1080p input. I
‘m not sure about how long the lamp will last, but for $299 you can easily replace this with another projector. Update: one of the comments below indicates the LED lamp will last about 20,000 hours.
The projector has a 3800 mAh rechargeable battery, which should get you roughly 1.5-2 hours of playback time — for comparison, the Nexus 5 has a 2300 mAh battery. A full charge takes about 2.5 hours. Note too, you can also run the projector from the plug if you know you’ll exceed the 1.5 hour window. The MP60 has a USB port for charging your mobile device, but you’ll probably need your power cord if you intend to run both at the same time.
The MP60 includes a variety of cables like HDMI to HDMI and Micro USB to HDMI. There’s also a nice, but rather small, carrying case for storing the projector. Weighing in at roughly 8 oz, the MP60 will travel nicely in your carry on or briefcase.
As with most projectors, the MP60 does not have powerful enough speakers to give a full movie experience. Standing arms length away, I could barely hear the television program we played through the two 1-watt speakers. You’ll definitely want to tether the projector to an external speaker using the line out port.
Or you could just use your device’s Bluetooth for connectivity.
Picture quality is important
Overall, I’m really impressed with the MP60’s picture quality.
For “play time,” I set up the projector on the kitchen table and let the kids watch a Netflix program (say “Hi” to Droid Tot 1 on the right). Even in less than perfect viewing conditions, we could see the picture from the MP60.
Later on, I was able to take this out-of-focus and very pathetic picture of the white screen projected on the wall.
I think you can reasonably expect to project a 60-inch picture from 9 feet (the picture above is from about 7 feet; the focus is my camera’s fault). Obviously, the better quality your projection surface is, the better quality your picture will be.
Thankfully, even in less-than-ideal lighting, the MP60 performs well.
Note, I took this picture from about 4 feet on a white wall.
Compatibility is key
Miroir’s MP60 is compatible with all of my Android devices, and my Chromebook. However, you’ll probably need a SlimPort (Amazon) cable to output your Nexus device to the projector.
I’m not really interested in exporting videos from my Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 because I have my Chromecast — if you follow this link you’ll see how to connect your Chromecast to a projector — that will connect directly to the projector. I can output the audio through the audio out port on the MP60.
Overall performance and assessment: the pros and cons
The MP60’s price tag of $299 (Miroir.com, AT&T Online or Retail or Best Buy) will probably discourage a number of people. That’s especially true when you consider larger projectors (budget model) cost roughly the same price — check out this Epson VS230 on Amazon for $333.99.
But compatibility and compactness is the driving force behind these pocket projectors.
Imagine being able to set up one of these projectors in a courtroom, attaching a Chromecast or Apple TV, and making your trial presentation from your tablet or laptop. That’s a money saving factor in not having to hire a “technology specialist” to run your project. Not to mention having to lug equipment around.
I’m not totally enamored with the MP60, because there are two design features that Miroir could improve.
First, the lamp focus is an awkwardly-placed dial at the front left of the projector.
I’m honestly not sure how to fix the dial, perhaps wider, but I fumbled around to focus the picture because the turn dial is so small.
Second, the MP60 has a + and – sign to turn up the volume, with a lighted dot in between the two.
I found these were too sensitive at times and I’d accidentally turn down the volume. Obviously, if you keep your hands off the projector that won’t be an issue. I also found that I couldn’t make a menu selection when I tried to use the center dot. I’m not sure whether my problem occurred because of the media source, or whether it’s from the device.
Nonetheless, those are two petty issues to an otherwise well-performing projector.
The fact that I connected all of my devices without any issues is particularly telling about the simplicity of the MP60 projector. I’m fairly confident that anyone who can flick a switch and plug in a cable could figure out how to connect and display their movies or presentations.
I should mention that you’ll probably want to purchase some sort of tripod (perhaps this one or this one) to prop up the projector. The MP60 doesn’t have any adjustable legs, so when it’s sitting flat on the table, the projector’s shooting a picture straight ahead. You could also use a book or notepad, if you need.
If you’re looking for a compact projector you can take to a number of different venues or events, the Miroir MP60 does the trick.
Now the only question for me is, “AT&T, do I get to keep this projector?”