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3M MP225a Mobile Projector

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3.4 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews
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  • Up to 2 hours of battery life per charge (or runs continuously on AC power)
  • Projects a screen size of up to 80 inches diagonally
  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod, iPad, iPad 2, laptops and gaming devices.
  • 32 lumens of brightness
  • Audio out for external speakers or headphones
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Product Description

Product Description

The 3M Mobile Projector allows big screen viewing of your content from Apple devices through the 3M Video Cable (included). Or pair it with a 3M VGA Cable (sold separately) and it does the same thing from your laptop. Project and share in a big way anywhere. Just connect, and then project. The 10" to 80" adjustable screen size makes it ideal for all situations. The 2 hour battery life means you can watch an entire movie. The user-friendly interface makes it simple to use. Have even more fun with your Apple iOS devices. Watch episodes of Mad Men with coworkers. Instantly share vacation photos with friends. Stream Netflix movies with the kids. Hook it up to just about any computer or laptop with a 3M VGA Cable (sold separately). You can mirror your display or even use the projector as a secondary display. 3M VGA Cable and Apple VGA Adapter cables required.

From the Manufacturer

Hook it up and share instantly.

Hook it up and share instantly.

The 3M Mobile Projector allows big screen viewing of your content from Apple devices through the 3M Video Cable (included). Or pair it with a 3M VGA Cable (sold separately) and it does the same thing from your laptop. Project and share in a big way — anywhere. Just connect, then project!

3M Mobile Projector Highlights:

  • Works great with your Apple devices
  • Creates entertainment on the wall, on the ceiling — on the go!
  • The 10" to 80" adjustable screen size makes it ideal for all situations
  • The 2 hour battery life means you can watch an entire movie
  • The user-friendly interface makes it simple to use
 
Ultimate companion.

Ultimate companion.

Gives new meaning to the Big Apple.

Have even more fun with your Apple iOS devices. Watch episodes of Mad Men with coworkers. Instantly share vacation photos with friends. Stream Netflix movies with the kids. All straight from your favorite gadgets.

Incredibly compatible.

Incredibly compatible.

It's your laptop's BFF.

Hook it up to just about any computer or laptop with a 3M VGA Cable (sold separately). You can mirror your display or even use the projector as a secondary display.

Ultra portable.

Ultra portable.

Ready, set, go.

Even though it's jam-packed with BIG features, it's still small enough to throw in your bag, briefcase or pocket and run out the door.

iPad 2 mirroring.

iPad 2 mirroring.

Mirror, mirror on the wall.

What's cooler than an iPad 2? How about showing a mirrored image of the iPad 2 screen on the wall? 3M VGA Cable and Apple VGA Adapter cables required.

32 lumens for 2 hours.

32 lumens for 2 hours.

Light up the silver screen.

No matter what you're showing — photos, movies, presentations, games — you have hours to look totally brilliant.

Intuitive interface.

Intuitive interface.

So easy, your kids can show you how it works.

Familiar symbols make using it super simple for both gadget geniuses and the not-so tech savvy.

Built-in stand.

Built-in stand.

Catch ya on the flip side.

Image too low? Don't grab a book to prop your projector. Just flip open the built-in stand for instant height adjustment.

Adjustable screen size.

Adjustable screen size.

One size fits all.

Project a screen anywhere from 10 to 80 inches diagonally — so it works wherever you are. Have fun experimenting with different surfaces and sizes.

Awesome accessories.

Awesome accessories.

Cables and screens and tripods, oh my!

We have everything you need right here: 3M VGA Cables, composite cables, component cables, speaker stands, tripods and extra batteries. Don't miss the scene-stealing portable screens.

What's in the Box

Projector
Rechargeable battery
Power adapter
Quick Start Guide
Product Safety Guide
3M Video Cable for connection to Apple products

How it works:

Device Video & Photos Display Mirroring Cable(s) Required Functionality How to Connect Suggested Applications

PC, laptops and Netbooks
Yes 3M
VGA Cable
(sold
separately)
Mirror laptop display or use mobile projector as secondary display
  1. Connect VGA end of cable to laptop's VGA port
  2. Connect VGA-A/V end to mobile projector
Everything on device can be displayed on mobile
projector

Apple MacBook
Yes

3M
VGA Cable
(sold
separately)
+
Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (sold
separately)

Mirror laptop display or use mobile projector as secondary display
  1. Connect Mini Display port end of Apple Mini DisplayPort adapter to MacBook
  2. Connect 3M VGA Cable to Apple Mini DisplayPort Adapter
  3. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M VGA Cable to mobile projector
Everything on device can be displayed on mobile
projector

 

iPad

Yes No 3M Video Cable for connection to Apple products (included) Video and photo slideshow in playback mode*
  1. Connect Dock Connector end of 3M Video Cable to iPad Dock Connector port
  2. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M Video Cable to mobile projector
iOS Videos, YouTube, Netflix, iOS Photos

iPad 2
Yes No 3M Video Cable for connection to Apple products (included) Video and photo slideshow in playback mode*
  1. Connect Dock Connector end of 3M Video Cable to iPad 2 Dock Connector port
  2. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M Video Cable to mobile projector
iOS Videos, YouTube, Netflix, iOS Photos
Yes Apple VGA Adapter (sold
separately)
+
3M VGA Cable
(sold
separately)
Mirror iPad 2 display on
mobile projector, including web browsing, e-mail, games and more
+
Video and photo slideshow in playback mode*
  1. Connect Dock Connector end of Apple VGA Adapter to iPad 2 Dock Connector
  2. Connect 3M VGA Cable to Apple VGA Adapter
    Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M VGA Cable to mobile projector
Most content on device can be displayed on mobile projector**

iPhone
Yes No 3M Video Cable for connection to Apple products (included) Video and photo slideshow in playback mode*
  1. Connect Dock Connector end of 3M Video Cable to iPhone Dock Connector port
  2. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M Video Cable to mobile projector
iOS Videos, YouTube, Netflix, iOS Photos

iPod Touch
Yes No 3M Video Cable for connection to Apple products (included) Video and photo slideshow in playback mode*
  1. Connect Dock Connector end of 3M Video Cable to iPhone Dock Connector port
  2. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M Video Cable to mobile projector
iOS Videos, YouTube, Netflix, iOS Photos

Camcorders & Cameras
Yes 3M
Composite Cable
(sold
separately)
+
Device Supplied RCA cable (please refer to device owner's manual)
View camcorder or camera video output on the mobile projector
  1. Connect device RCA cable to device video out port
  2. Connect 3M Composite Cable RCA plugs (white, red, and yellow) to device RCA cable
  3. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M Composite Cable to mobile projector
Everything on device can be displayed on mobile projector

Video Game Systems
Yes 3M
Composite Cable
(sold
separately)
+
Device Supplied RCA cable (please refer to device owner's manual)
Play video game system using projector as display
  1. Connect device RCA cable to device video out port
  2. Connect 3M Composite Cable RCA plugs (white, red, and yellow) to device RCA cable
  3. Connect VGA-A/V end of 3M Composite Cable to mobile projector
Everything on device can be displayed on mobile projector
Video and Photos:

Select software will display photos in slideshow mode. Non-copyright protected video, office documents, PDFs and presentations will display in play mode. Compatibility, or what the user will see projected, can vary by device type and what format the device manufacture outputs video.

* Photos will not display on the mobile projector in photo browse mode.
** Select applications may not support video output to the mobile projector. Check with individual application developer for more information.

Suggested Accessories:

The Canon PowerShot G11 features automatic face detection

3M VGA Cable, white (VC05W)

The Canon PowerShot G11 features automatic face detection

Portable Screen (PS05B)


Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name 3M
Item Weight 10.4 ounces
Product Dimensions 5.9 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches
Item model number MP225a
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Color White/red
Manufacturer Part Number MP225a

Additional Information

ASIN B005LU2Z2A
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 155 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #81,408 in Office Products (See top 100)
#680 in Office Products > Office Electronics > Video Projectors
#1,400 in Office Products > Office Electronics > Presentation Products
#12,442 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Shipping Weight 1.8 pounds
Date First Available September 12, 2011

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By Nerd Alert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 23, 2011
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Mobile projectors are still what I would consider bleeding edge, both in the sense that they are relatively new and in the sense that they are still not quite ready for a mainstream audience. However, the MP225 is a substantial step in the right direction.

SETUP

There are few instructions with this unit, because there are almost no options. Plug the device into either an i-device or a computer via the overpriced VGA cable, which I purchased for this review, and you are ready to go. Component cables are also available for purchase separately. The MP225 was detected flawlessly when I plugged it in and I was ready to go. The only buttons are for volume, power, and battery, the latter of which displays remaining battery life on the screen.

PICTURE

Before speaking about picture quality, I would like to clarify that the way we perceive lumens is not linear. You may look at the 32 lumen rating vs. a similarly priced normal sized projector with lumens in the thousands and think it will be impossible to see. This is not the case, because as you increase lumens, you need a greater and greater lumen increase to be able to detect an increase in brightness. This relates to how our eyes work. For a mobile projector, 32 lumens is very impressive by current standards, and a substantial step forward for the technology.

So, what does that increase do? If you spend an equivalent sum of money on a standard projector, you will have an image bright enough to use with the room lights on and the windows open, which is ideal for both work and home use (unless you are a vampire). Unfortunately, the MP225 is only visible in a well-lit room when projecting a very small size image. If you have a laptop, for example, using the laptop screen would be much better.
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What a blast!

This projector is a lot of fun.

There are a few things to take note of, but overall, it's got some great pro's going for it:

+ Small (fits well in your hand)
+ Light (It's easy to hold and project anywhere)
+ Impressive (Family we showed it to loved it and wanted one too)
+ Projects movies just fine as well as some apps
+ Projects even bigger than advertised (6 to 8 feet wide and still looks pretty good)
+ Onboard speakers are pretty good
+ You can project YouTube videos from the YouTube app

There are a few negatives:

- Could the 3M logo on the conector be any larger? Come on, 3M, your name is already on the projector.
- Doesn't mirror (the included cable doesn't offer mirroring of all screens on the iPad, just the video and some apps.
- There is a small fan inside that makes some noise
- Battery is okay. Wish it could go longer than 2 hours.
- With the given cable, it doesn't let you project photos from the native photo app
- Wish it came with a little pouch or case for the projector

It displays videos and the screens of some apps (like StarWalk that I show in the video).

I tested this with the iPad 2, and aside from the minuses mentioned works great. We've enjoyed it
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This is not compatible with the newest generation of ipads or with the iphone 5 and the "vga cable" that you can allegedly order to make this item work is not available as it has been discontinued. After waiting an atrocious amount of time to hear from the manufacturer, this was their response to my purchase:

The MP225 projectors have been discontinued but remaining inventory
has been sold through retailers such as Amazon.com at close out clearance
prices. Documentation included with the projector reflects the accessories when
they were available but subsequently have been sold out and discontinued. The
projector as is will only work with the iPhone4,4s and the iPad 1, 2, and 3. If
you need the projector to work with any other devices, we can only suggest to
return the unit if within its return policy and purchase another model with
different connections such as the MP300 (HDMI) or MP410 (VGA and HDMI)
projectors. We apologize for any inconvenience. Unfortunately, due to the
projector having a proprietary input connection, there is no alternative cable
that can be used.

Sincerely,
3M MISD Technical Assistance Center
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You do not need additional cables to mirror Ipad,ipad2,iphone3gs,iphone4,iphone4s!!!!

When I first got it I ran some test, was initially disappointed it could not mirror my iphone4.
Then I found out I have to buy additional cables ( what the hell?!) and was not happy about that!

So I started researching.......after 2hours BINGO !! found a free solution !

if you have a jailbroken Ipad1/ipad2 or iphone ( any version!)
goto cydia and search for tvout2
once u install tvout2(it is free), you will NOT need additional cables to MIRROR your Ipad/iphone screen !! just the included 3m cable is enough!!!
It will mirror exactly what is on your idevice screen WITH the sound coming out from projector !

can play angry birds or browse the net with projector !
that little application make this projector AMAZING!

without this amazing tvout2 app, the projector is 3 stars due to additional cables requirement.
with this amazing little app, projector is 100 stars :D

Have fun you all
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One year Update : This device been amazing for entire year I have own it! Played many movies off it and enjoyed the large screen it projects upon my wall. I have extra speakers hooked up to the projector to creat a movie theater experience as well. This device really shines when you play blueray contents off your iDevices. The higher the quality of your mp4, the sharper it is at large projections. Very satisfy with it so far.
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