3M MP410 - Features and Performance
3M MP410 Pocket Projector Features
There is, though, one handy little connection trick that makes this PC-connecting scenario easier to bear: Wi-Fi support. For while it's not included for free with the projector, you can get a relatively inexpensive USB Wi-Fi dongle that allows you to connect with your sources sans cables. Another accessory you'll probably want to invest in is a remote control. It's again a pity one isn't included with the projector as standard, but this is fairly common practice in the pocket projector world.
Turning to what's going on inside the 3M MP410, it's driven by a DLP/LED Pico projector system, as almost all pocket projectors are. What's impressive for its size, though, is its promise of 300 Lumens of brightness. This is an eye-catching high figure for such a small unit, and will hopefully prove enough to avoid the horrible lack of punch, brightness and genuine contrast that has historically blighted so many pocket projectors.
Its native resolution, meanwhile, is a WXGA 1280x800p. As well as being 'HD', this is a widescreen resolution close - albeit not identical to - the 16:9 aspect ratio used in the TV/Blu-ray world. Together with the quoted brightness, this widescreen imaging gives the 3M MP410 more potential as a multipurpose device (home movie/slideshow projector as well as business presentations unit) than most pocket projectors.
3M MP410 Pocket Projector Performance
This potential is largely borne out by the 3M MP410's performance, too. Utilising it first as a data display, we were struck right away by just how bright and dynamic its pictures look - even when pushed up to as much as 80-inches across in a dark room. This really is a substantial size for a pocket projector to still work well at - and even better its pictures also look bright and rich at 50-60-inch even in a fairly bright meeting room. This makes the MP410 right away a superior proposition for business users, given that few business folk really want to watch presentations in the dark.
Colours are rich yet controlled too, doing great justice to your painstakingly created bar charts and graphs.
Data images also look reasonably crisp and detailed for the majority of the time. You can see a little scaling noise unless you set your source to exactly the same resolution as the MP410's image chips, but this noise is never severe enough to stop text and numbers - however small they are - from being perfectly legible.
Given that most PC presentations are fairly straightforward in terms of the strain they put the MP410's imaging system under, though, we were keen to run some HD video in through the HDMI to see if that caused the 3M MP410 more trouble. Actually, though, the exact opposite happened, for if anything we found ourselves even happier with its video performance than we were with its data performance.
Again the vibrancy and colour punch of the picture immediately hits you, injecting far more life and eye-catching dynamism into animated movies than any similarly small projector we've seen.