Pocket projectors aren’t a terribly new sort of gadgetry, but they’re becoming more mainstream thanks to decreasing prices, shrinking sizes and increased connectivity support with other gadgets you might have.
Enter the Miroir MP60, which weighs in at less than a pound, is less than four inches wide and long, is less than an inch thick, and costs $299 through AT&T. It uses DLP technology, has a viewable screen size of up to 60 inches and is compatible with many products, from computers to gaming systems to smartphones and tablets.
I tested the MP60 with a Samsung Galaxy S2, since it’s what I had on hand at the time. The two paired flawlessly, and within a minute I was able to browse my phone while watching what the Miroir was projecting.
White walls work
Video and projection quality was great once I got into a dark room that had some white walls.
White walls are my preference, but the projector will work on any surface (just some better than others).
Colors seemed accurate enough, and brightness and contrast were solid, too.
The MP60 has a built-in speaker that, for the size and location, is pretty decent.
It didn’t blow me away while I was watching “Jurassic Park” during the testing period, but since the device has a 3.5 mm audio jack, I was able to plug in external speakers for better sound. Of course, headphones work here, too.
Devices hook up to the MP60 via HDMI, and the Miroir comes with a number of adapters to make sure everyone’s modern devices are compatible with the provided connection cables. I was able to hook up an iPhone 5, a PlayStation 3, a Google Chromecast and an Acer Chromebook without issue.
So, as you can see, the MP60 can work for a lot of different instances where a pocket (also called pico) projector is wanted or necessary.
Need to do a work presentation? It has you covered. Want to have a fun gaming session on a 60-inch display? It has you covered. Want to watch home videos while on a family road trip because the Motel 6’s channel lineup is horrible? It has you covered.
No bulb worries
The Miroir MP60 does what it’s supposed to do for a price that, while not cheap, is rather inexpensive considering the technology and footprint.
My favorite thing about the MP60 is it eliminates the worry about bulb life: When it comes to projectors, the lightbulb is the most common component that needs replacing. Bulb life varies from projector to projector, but others in the MP60’s price range have bulbs that last about 5,000 to 6,000 hours, and cost about $100 to replace. The MP60’s LED bulb lasts 20,000 hours, which is pretty incredible.
I never thought I’d grow fond of a pocket projector, but the Miroir MP60 took my heart. If I’d use it more often than “from time-to-time,” I could see it taking my money, too.
This is a good buy, so don’t hesitate if you’re in the market.