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3M MP180 Review

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PROS / This pico projector possesses 4GB of internal memory and 20,000 hours of LED lamp life.

CONS / The picture quality is good, but not outstanding.

 VERDICT / Unlike a number of other pico projectors, this device makes use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. It also is compatible with many mobile devices and offers an interactive touchscreen.

If there is one thing the 3M MP180 pico projector enjoys, it is plenty of internal memory. With 4GB of internal memory, this mini device supplies you with enough data storage capability for the intricate and lengthy presentations to any audience. With this device, you don't need to lug a laptop along to business events where you will be expected to provide a presentation. If need be, you also can use a micro SD card to store more information.

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This diminutive pico projector can throw images more than 6 feet, and the maximum size it can display is 96 inches, which are respectable although not outstanding characteristics. The contrast ratio for images is 200:1, which is not as good as some pico projectors on the market. The 3M MP180 offers resolution of 800 x 600, which again is not top-line. Its brightness is 32 lumens, which is decent but not the finest.

This pico projector supplies two hours of battery life and it has two 0.75-watt speakers. Its LED lamp life is 20,000 hours, which is substantial. This small projector takes up little space with its dimensions of 1.3 inches in height, 2.5 inches in width and 5.9 inches in length. It can fit into the palm of your hand and weighs just under 12 ounces. You also get a 6-inch tripod to mount this projector on a table or other surface.

Its connections include Micro USB, Micro SD card, composite AV and VGA. You also can make use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy to stream material from the internet and load laptop or PDF files. It also is compatible with such things as smartphones, DVD players, digital cameras and MP3 players. You must buy an adapter cable to use this device with Apple products such as iPads and iPhones.

It does not come with a remote control, although you can buy one separately as an extra accessory if you wish.

As for help and support, 3M does a great job. We found we could get a real person on the phone with little effort and the individual who answered our questions was quite helpful and well-informed. You also get email support. There is a knowledgebase on the company website that addresses frequently asked questions. This device comes with a one-year warranty.


This device has lower figures for its image contrast ratio and resolution, but it supplies you with terrific internal memory and the ability to access files from your laptop or stream material from the internet. The 3M MP180 pico projector is not the very best mini beamer on the market, but it is a useful tool for the businessman or woman on the go.