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Mini-Projector Face-Off: 3M MPro110 vs. Dell M109S


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A week ago, we got some significant playtime with Microvision’s very cool Pico P projector, but today we got hands on with competitors that are jockeying to become the big dogs in the mini-projector space: the 3M Micro Professional Projector MPro110 and Dell M109S. See the full specs of the projectors after the jump.

In our hands-on test, in which we played video clips and read news headlines, the Dell M109S proved the superior projector. It displayed a crisp image and robust colors that totally outclassed the 3M MPro110’s rather bland video. It may have a power brick that’s the size of a, well, power brick, but in these preliminary tests, we think toting the extra may be worth it if high-quality video is an essential.

That’s not to say that 3M’s projector is without merit. It’s far more pocketable than its rival and more than $100 cheaper, which will help it find an audience with those looking for a low-cost, travel friendly projector that delivers a decent image. Still, the image warping and washed out video may turn off some.

We’ve put together a video of both projectors in action so that you can get a sense of what both devices offer. Which mini-projector do you find the most compelling? Sound off in our poll!

3M Micro Professional Projector MPro110

  • $359
  • 640 x 480 native resolution
  • 4.5 x 2.0 x 0.9 inches
  • 5.6 ounces
  • Projects 6-inch to 50-inch image
  • Small, cell phone-size power adapter
  • Comes with VGA and Video cable
  • 10,000 hours of usage

Dell M109S

  • $499
  • 858 x 600 native resolution
  • 4.2 x 3.6 x 1.2 inches
  • 0.8 pounds
  • Projects 15-inch to 60-inch image
  • Uses its own power adapter or one from a Latitude or Vostro (reducing the number of cords to carry)
  • Multi-input connector (power, VGA, composite)
  • 10,000 hours of usage
  • Password protection

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