One of the last picture strengths to become clear to me while reviewing the MICO 50 is actually one of its strongest: motion handling. The thing is, the MICO 50 handles motion so effortlessly from whatever sort of source you throw at it that you completely forget that motion normally causes most displays a few problems - especially in these days of 1080p/24 Blu-rays.
There’s no blurring whatsoever, no transient noise that I could see, and best of all, no distracting judder. Also, however, the image doesn’t go processing crazy and try to produce a picture that moves so silkily smoothly that it looks nauseating and unnatural. Instead you just get an image that looks pretty much exactly like something you’d see in a commercial cinema. And you can’t say fairer than that.
With the MICO 50 also doing a startlingly smart job of upscaling standard definition (it’s actually more forgiving of standard def than it is poor-quality HD), finding things not to like about the MICO 50 is a pretty thankless task. Aside from the fact that it costs more than I’ll likely ever be able to afford, of course!
I guess there’s a tiny bit of DLP dot noise visible during really dark shots - though you have to practically have your face pressed to your screen to really be distracted by this. I’m also no fan of Sim2’s operating system, finding the onscreen menus rather technical and unfriendly, while the remote control far more basic than such a projector deserves.
However, it doesn’t make a great deal of sense to dwell on this latter point, since the Sim2 will doubtless be professionally installed for you when you buy it; you won’t just be sent one and expected to sort it out for yourself. In fact, it will likely more often than not become part of a much larger installation, where it will be controlled via a fancy third-party control device from the likes of Crestron.
For this same reason I haven’t gone into my usual detail in this review on how the MICO 50 is to set-up - though I might as well say in passing now that I’ve mentioned it that with its fully motorised image shifting, zoom and focus, built-in test signals and long and short-throw lens options, it’s actually extremely easy to install.
Let’s wrap up, though, by getting back to the only thing that will really matter to the MICO 50’s likely buyers: its truly amazing pictures. If you want to achieve the aficionado’s dream of being able to see an HD picture on your projection screen that looks exactly like it did when it was mastered or broadcast, or a standard def picture that looks better large than you could ever have expected, this Sim2 is for you.
The MICO 50 might be Sim2’s first foray into LED waters, but the Italian brand has absolutely nailed it. With its amazing build quality, excellent custom install flexibility, extreme colour management and almost other-worldly picture quality, it’s an absolute poster boy for what LED can do.