Home' LAPTOP Magazine : September 2010 Contents Samsung SP-H03
The SP-H03 pico projector is a com-
pact, well-designed accessory that's
a great choice for business travelers.
And at $299, it's less expensive, yet more refined
than the competition.
Measuring 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.5 inches, the square
SP-H03 is about the size of a White Castle burger.
At 6.4 ounces, it won't weigh you down. There's a
slight delay between pressing buttons and when
the projector responds. It was difficult to make fine
adjustments with the focusing slider. The back houses
a 15-pin connector, mini-USB port, composite AV
jack, headphone jack, and power port. The power
cord is 12 feet long, but the VGA adapter is short.
Samsung includes a padded case.
The projector's user interface is sophisticated
and easy to navigate. Each menu option---be it for
Documents, Music, Photos, or Videos---is written
in large text with a slick icon next to it. There are
even more options, such as different test patterns
that owners can use to calibrate colors and overall
At 3 feet from our projector screen, the SP-H03
cast an image 28 inches in diagonal. Its rated 30-
lumen output was slightly dimmer than that of the
PK301. Videos played back smoothly, whether they
were from a notebook or the projector's microSD
Card slot. The projector immediately recognized
a PowerPoint deck, and played it without issue.
Audio was predictably puny from the SP-H03's
single 1-watt speaker.
Samsung rates the battery life of this projector
at 2 hours; we were able to coax 1 hour and 37
minutes out of it before the device conked out.
The Samsung SP-H03 is a sleek and user-friendly
pico. It not only outperforms its competitors in terms
of video quality and ease of use, but, at $299, it's
less expensive to boot.
Long battery life
Focusing slide a little touchy
Like other picos, 3M's MPro150 is small, compact,
and stylish. But while the $399 MPro150 projects
a bright picture and lasts more than 2 hours on a
charge, it came up short in other departments.
The elongated 5.1 x 2.4 x 0.9-inch body is about
the same size as two cigar tubes taped together.
3M coated the entire chassis in a soft rubber finish,
and the whole unit weighs just 5.6 ounces.
The lens has a small and responsive focusing
wheel next to it, and on the opposite side of the
MPro150 are two inputs: mini-HDMI and mini-USB.
Between them is an audio-outjack. A microSD Card
slot on the right is protected by a rubber cover. The
MPro150 also has two 0.5-watt speakers and 1GB of
internal memory. The projector supports BMP and
JPEG images, H.264, and MPEG-4 video files, and
AAC, AMR, and MP3 audio files. It can also display
Microsoft Office and PDF files.
The backlit controls are arranged in a circular
D-pad style. 3M conveniently bundles a small
flexible tripod with the projector, but the mounting
point seems a bit too far forward.
Simple and easy to use, the MPro150's interface
features nine icons laid out in a grid; a gold star
in the middle is a shortcut for favorites. Arrayed
around it are icons for a file browser, PDFs, photos,
presentations, settings, spreadsheets, videos, and
Despite a rated brightness ofjust 15 lumens, the
image from the MPro150 was plenty large and bright.
At 3 feet from the screen, the projector beamed out
pictures about 30 inches across. However, it only
projects in a 4:3 aspect ratio. This means movies
are squeezed to fit in the wrong size. Fortunately,
videos played smoothly with excellent contrast,
deep greens, and vibrant reds.
Rated for 2 hours, the MPro150's battery lasted
14 minutes longer than advertised.
While the 3M MPro150 beams out a bright
image and its battery lasts more than 2 hours,
the inability to show 16:9 files in their proper ratio
and lack of image adjustment options make this
pico tough to recommend.
Long battery life
Only projects in standard 4:3 ratio
No image adjustment options
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