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3M Pocket Projector (3M MPro160)

by 3M
3.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
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  • 32-lumens brightness for full 2-hour battery
  • SVGA (800x600) resolution
  • Compatible with: PC, DVD, iPod, iPhone, digital camera, smartphone, gaming consoles
  • Two, .75W stero speakers
  • Light source: LED - 20,000 hours typical
  • VGA input/output
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Product Description

Product Description

Plug the 3M PocketProjector MP160 into your digital media device and watch the fun begin. It provides great versatility and value for business presentations‚ family gatherings‚ and school lessons—anything you want to see on a bigger screen. This portable companion projector is the brightest mobile projector on battery at 32-lumens for 2 full hours. A great tool to showcase a business presentation, show off pictures or play video games on the ceiling.

From the Manufacturer

Share your favorite movies, make business presentations, or project photo slideshows virtually anywhere with the 3M PocketProjector MP160. Ideal for proud parents and mobile professionals alike, this palm-sized, versatile projector lets you display crisp images of up to 80 inches from the digital content on your laptop, digital camera, DVD player, smartphone, gaming console, and more. Two hours of battery life and a consistent light output ensure dependable and professional-looking presentations.

3M PocketProjector MP160

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3M PocketProjector MP160
At a Glance:

  • Pocket-sized projector for mobile presentations and sharing photos on the go
  • SVGA-resolution for crisp images
  • Projects up to 80-inch screen size
  • 30 lumens of brightness
  • Built-in 3/4-watt speakers
  • Compatible with some smartphones, laptops, game consoles, and more
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Project Presentations, Movies, Photos, and More

With the PocketProjector MP160, you won't have to gather around a small, difficult-to-read cell phone screen in order to share your digital content. And you can keep your cumbersome office projector back at the office where it belongs.

Weighing a mere 10.6 ounces and measuring a compact 5.9 by 2.5 by 1.2 inches (H x W x D), this versatile projector can be carried comfortably in a bag or pocket and fits in the palm of your hand. It connects to a wide range of devices via the included VGA and composite video cables for high-resolution projections of up to 800 by 600 pixels.

Share Your Digital Media Virtually Anywhere

The MP160 is not only ideal for business presentations, but it is also handy for family gatherings or movies with friends. All you need is a flat surface to project videos, photo slideshows, Web sites, and more from your smartphone, laptop, camera, iPod, DVD player, or other digital device. (Note that the MP160 connects to iPhones, iPads, and other Apple products, but due to licensing restrictions, certain proprietary media cannot be displayed. Apple adapter cable sold separately.)

Whether you're in a cafe with friends or a conference room with your clients, the MP160 lets you get the most out of your digital content by projecting clear, vibrant images with screen sizes of up to 80 inches (measured diagonally).

Sharp Images, Consistent Brightness, and Long Battery Life

The MP160 features an SVGA-resolution LCOS projector that will bring out the color of your vacation photos. Emitting 30 lumens of brightness, the projector also makes black-and-white spreadsheets and charts easy to read.

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The pocketable MP160 lets you make presentations anywhere.
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Boasting twice the lumens of its predecessor, the MP160's display remains consistently bright--even when you're running the device on batteries, and even when those batteries are getting low. A full two hours of battery life increases the projector's versatility. (Note: The two hour battery life is based on a new battery. Battery life will gradually decrease over the lifespan of the battery. Replacement batteries are sold separately.)

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Features Built-In Speakers and Audio Out

The MP160 comes equipped with two built-in 3/4-watt speakers that produce robust sound for enjoying music, movies, and videos. It also features audio out, so you can take advantage of headphones or additional speakers.

The device's intuitive buttons couldn't be easier to operate.

Compatibility and Warranty Information

The MP160 is compatible with Blu-ray players, CD players, digital camcorders, digital cameras, DVD players, gaming consoles, laptops, mobile phones, PCs, portable media players (including iPods), and portable TVs.

Based on smartphone capability (see below), the MP160 can make the small screen of your phone large and easy to show to groups. Be sure to test with your phones, as some providers block content out of phones.

Note: Some cellular phones and smartphones (such as BlackBerry phones older than two years) do not have a video- or TV-out and cannot be connected to the PocketProjector MP160. Your phone's manual should include information about TV-out or video-out if the feature is available.

The 3M PocketProjector MP160 is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box

Projector, battery, wall charger, charger adapters (US, EU, UK, AUS), VGA cable, composite video cable (RCA), 6-inch tripod, lithium-ion battery, protective pouch, and quick-start card.

Copyright 3M 2010. All Rights Reserved.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2.5 x 1.2 x 5.9 inches
Item Weight 10.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 3M MP160
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,367 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Projectors > Video Projectors
#2,763 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Presentation Products
#22,110 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at October 31, 2010

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The miniaturization of technology is amazing. With iPods and cell phones and netbooks I've always had ways to show neat stuff, but generally one at a time. Nobody likes to squint over a tiny screen or deal with viewing angles. Something small and battery powered that I can just stow in my bag and project on any wall would be pretty great. Unfortunately, this just does that and doesn't quite seem to be as magical as the PR makes it out to be.

As far as controls and circuit logic goes, it's pretty plain. Just a stand-by screen waiting for input, volume up and down, mute, battery check, and off. No color adjustment. No 16:9 / 4:3 toggle. No high-power mode when plugged through AC. I know it's small, but even a simple color adjustment could maximize the range of non-ideal surfaces you can confidently project onto.

The image itself is fair quality... even though this 2010 model has double the brightness of the earlier 3M models, you still really can't consider using this in a lit room. That "whether you're in a cafe .. or conference room" really is a bit of a stretch since the cafe isn't going to let you turn out the lights. One real annoying bit about the display is the rainbow effect that drives me crazy from early DLP televisions. Newer revisions are fast enough to minimize it, but the red/green/blue flicker is quite obvious with this. I would say that rules out most movement-heavy video sources, relegating it to the world of Powerpoints and camera shots. For those things it should do fine: the standby screen gives a nice big "3M" logo in the center and you could use that for a focus reference. As the machine stays on and heats up, though, it seems to lose focus a bit and it then becomes a little more difficult to readjust because the focus dial is now hot.
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This projection device was made for business presentations, home slide shows and alike. It is not a replacement for a one thousand dollar high definition projection system, nor was it meant to be. I found it to be exactly as advertised.

- a light, easily hand-held unit (weighing less than 11 ounces), with 32 lumen intensity and two very small(0.75watt)internal speakers.
- a small, flexible, tripod
- a case for the unit, which holds only the unit
- a wall charger that is adaptable for US, EU, UK and AUS electricity plugs (please note that the voltage in these systems varies, so it is very important that this adapter be used as this insures that the correct voltage and current is delivered to the unit)
- cables enabling one to use a computer (PC and MAC), camera, and phone as a source

HOW DID MY UNIT PERFORM? The device I received performed as advertised, specifically (based on using it with a lap-top PC, tested with PowerPoint presentations and movie DVDs):
- The setup was very simple and straightforward. The unit only allows one to view the state of the battery and to change the sound level from Mute to one of four other levels. However, given the very low level of the sound coming from the projector, the speakers would probably always be used at the highest level unless earphones were being used (there is an earphone jack on the projector). There is a focusing wheel, but no other picture adjustment.
- Fully charging the unit from a complete discharge took a little less than the three hours stated in the description of the device. While charging, a yellow/orange light is illuminated, which goes out when the unit is completely charged.
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First of all, this little device displays a very large, clear picture. The color fades out a little if you go larger than about a 6 foot by 4 foot projection, but anything smaller is bright and clear in a dark room. It would be nice to be able to adjust the color for different colored walls, but there is no way to do that, only a dial to adjust the focus. Also, the volume is so low it's not practical to use it when trying to watch a video.

I have three kids and they like to watch each other play computer games, but it drives the player crazy to have someone looking over their shoulder to watch their laptop. They solved that problem by using this projector so the other two can watch it on the wall and the player has his laptop all to himself. We also use it to watch Amazon Prime Instant Videos, but for that, we use speakers, otherwise you wouldn't be able to hear the movies.

It comes with a storage bag, a flexible tripod, all the wires you need to connect it to various devices and power adaptors for different countries.
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I've had this handy projector for about two weeks now, and its great at what it does...but why?


Projects a low-powered image onto a wall. Room needs to be pretty dark for the image to be at all visible.


Project an image when there is any real light in a room


Fun, and little else.

This is not a practical projector for business purposes (i.e., when you have a client to impress). It IS a fun device for hotel rooms to watch a movie on the wall, but I would not drag the device with me in an overnight bag due to size and weight issues.

Good battery
Reasonably light
Good price
truly portable

So low powered (30 lumens, when a standard projector is 2000-3000 lumens) that it is impractical for anything other than a dark room
Speakers are basically uselesss; most laptops or netbooks will have better sound

A product in search of a need. Think hard before you buy it as to what application it will address.
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