The Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector is priced at Rs 29,990.
While the company claims it can project up to a screen-size of 120 inches, it practically can't keep up to this promise.
The projector is ideal for when you need to make presentations on the go.
Sony has been in the projector business for a while now, and even came out with the world’s first 4K home theater projector back in the year 2012. And now, the company has come up with a new portable projector called the MP-CD1 Mobile Projector priced at Rs 29,990 which is a convenient little device that isn’t much bigger than some of the smartphones today.
I have been using this projector for some time now, and here is my review of the Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector.
Design of the MP-CD1 Mobile Projector
The one thing that will fascinate you is the design and size of the Sony MP-CD1 Mobile Projector which admittedly is compact and functional. The device has a brownish-black metal body with a matte finish and is slightly larger than my Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. It weighs only 280 grams and its dimensions are 83x16x150mm which is a testimony to how portable it is. It has a sturdy build quality and comes with a leather case within the box, which looks pretty nice itself and offers some quality protection when traveling with the device.
The device has the projector lens on the left front panel of the device, and the right panel of the device houses the power button, a Type-C port for charging, a USB Type-A port for connectivity, HDMI (MHL) for video input and 3.5mm port for audio input. The left panel of the device has the manual focus slider and the bottom of the device has a screw mount slot for regular tripods.
Performance of the MP-CD1 Mobile Projector
If you have some far reaching expectations of the MP-CD1, it’s best to tone them down. The projector gets the basics right, but don’t expect to entirely switch to using this for all purposes that need a screen. It is supposed to perform as a portable projector for those situations when a full-fledged screen cannot be accessed and it does that well. To begin with, the Sony MP-CD1 requires next to no setup and just works on the go.
It turns on really quick and all it needs is to be plugged in as a display, and voila, you have a screen. Now the MP-CD1 may have improved a lot over its predecessor but it still produces a 105 lumens with a resolution of 854×480 pixel and uses DLP IntelliBright technology. This is impressive for something this size and produces an 80-inch image at best, but does its best work when you keep the projection size lower. If you go over that, the fidelity of the image and the brightness can’t seem to cope up even in the dark.
The company says that this can produce a 120-inch image, and I’m not saying it can’t. It’s just that the results won’t be the best. It comes with a 5,000 mAh battery and can even be used as a portable charging source which is a great additional feature. It lasts over three hours when used continuously which is perfect when using this for presentations or demos on the go. With a full charge it can even project a whole movie paired with a portable speaker. The only downside is that it does not come with Bluetooth.
But the auto-keystone software that it uses to correct the image produce even if it is moved a little bit seems not to work all the time. Many a times the image would be slightly disproportionate in one aspect or the other. But that does not hamper the experience much.
If you are one of those people who has to travel a lot and has to make presentations for a living, this handy little thing can be quite an asset. Its short setup time and effective image quality makes it invaluable in situations you quickly need to show what’s on your computer to a room full of people.
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And for those that want a portable screen with them wherever they go, this could serve you well if you don’t mind spending the extra cash, considering that it isn’t an affordable product by any means. This would work well to project a movie on the tent wall when camping out or for gamers to use as a portable screen. But with that said, it works well only in some situations, and can’t be considered an all-purpose magic solution to all portable screen needs.