3M To Launch MPro 150 Pico-Projector

3M has released the follow up to the MPro 110 micro projector that we previewed back last year; the MPro 150 promises to be a better all rounder which solves its predecessor's shortcomings.

The device has an autonomy of around two hours which is more than enough for presentations but not for a full length feature film. At 160g and measuring only 125mm long, it is about the size of a mobile phone which means that you should be able to put it in your pocket.

The company says that the MPro 150 can project pictures with a diagonal of up to 50 inches at resolutions of up to 1280x800, which is within the realms of HD. Other compatible resolutions include VGA (its native resolution), SVGA, XGA, WXGA formats.

The most appealing feature for users on the road is that the projector can pull content out of the 1GB internal memory which can supplemented through optional microSD cards.

The MPro 150 is compatible with Microsoft Office file formats, PDF documents, MPEG4 and H.264 ideos, BMP and JPG photos.

There's also a pair of 0.5w speakers and a 3.5mm audio socket which can be used to connect external speakers. 3M has also bundled a Gorillapod-like tripod, a number of cables and a few more accessories.

While the MPro 110 projector had a selling price of £275, the MPro 150 will cost at least £360 and is already available from Expansys.

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(The Inquirer)