Portable home theater.
Sony’s MP-CL1 Mobile Projector is the company’s first venture in the portable projector market. Designed for users on the go, this portable projector allows you to connect various devices, including smartphones and tablets.
At just 210 grams, the MP-CL1 weighs as much as an iPhone 6S Plus, which also comes with similar dimensions (although a bit thicker). It can project a screen size of up to 120 inches, and with an internal rechargeable battery, you have two hours of usage with the MP-CL1.
The MP-CL1 includes a micro USB port that is used for charging, along with a USB out port (for charging other devices) and a mini HDMI port as its main video input connection. It support MHL, meaning that if your smartphone supports it, you can connect a wire and output your smartphone’s screen directly to the projector.
The projector also supports Miracast, a new standard that lets you mirror your devices with the projector wirelessly. There is also a small control on the side that you use to navigate the menus on the device. While it’s small, it is still very easy to use.
I hooked up the MP-CL1 with some of my devices using the mini HDMI port. Since of the devices I have require the full size HDMI port, an included adaptor has been provided in the package – though no HDMI cable was included.
The MP-CL1 uses lasers for its projection, meaning that instead of a bulb, tiny lasers were combined to create the projected image. The use of lasers also mean that the images focuses automatically so no need for further adjustments.
Upon testing, the MP-CL1 displayed decent colors. Maybe not as accurate as full-sized projectors, but good enough for me to see details on words I am reading or the movie I am watching. With a few tinkering of the device’s picture settings, you can get a desirable image output.
The Sony MP-CL1 works well as a standard portable projector. It’s compact, easy to use and sharp enough to deliver the best images.