IF YOU want a cheap and space-saving alternative to a wide-screen television, Sony’s MP-CL1 is the product you have been looking for.
First impressions of the device — which is only slightly larger than a smartphone — leaves you wondering if something so small could truly be a solid substitute for your current TV.
But don’t let its appearance fool you; this $699 mobile projector packs a real punch.
Measuring just 14cm long by 8cm wide and weighing a measly 210 grams, the product is capable of projecting some impressive video quality.
With an output resolution of 1920×720 pixels, the MP-CL1 offers slightly less than the full HD 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution offered by larger, more expensive home cinema projectors.
In addition, the projector only offers a maximum brightness of 37-lumens, which means users will need to use it at night or in a dimly light room in order to achieve a cinematic feel.
The plus side is the product comes equipped with a laser beam scanning system designed to ensure the projector can focus itself, no matter what surface it is being broadcast.
As for image size, the product offers a screen size of 120-inch images when projecting from 345cm away, 91-inch from 230cms or 45-inch from 115cm.
The MP-CL1 comes standard with a HDMI connection port, which means laptops, PCs or video gaming systems can be easily plugged into the device and broadcast within seconds.
Alternatively, the projector can use Miracast to mirror the display of certain Android smartphones or tablets without the need for a HDMI connection — a feature that is handy for those travellers.
Unfortunately, Apple users will need to dish out a little extra dosh to purchase a Lightning Digital AV adaptor to make the projector compatible with iPhone or iPad.
The product comes standard with HDMI, USB and an audio jack.
The MP-CL1 boasts two hours of battery life when not connected to a power source and also doubles as a mobile charger when smartphones are plugged into the device.
With a single speaker at the bottom of the device, the sound quality of the MP-CL1 is very poor, but thankfully there is an easy fix.
Users can play sound through their connected device or a 3.5mm headphone jack allows for headphones or external speakers to be plugged into the device.
Unfortunately, there is no Bluetooth capability for speakers.