OK, before I start, let me just say that I’ve never reviewed a projector before. And I said yes without thinking much when Epson asked me if I want to review their Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. Then it occurred to me. I can’t test a projector in Starbucks where I usually do my product reviews. And I don’t have much space at home to test it. You see, I don’t really have a piece of wall in my room to project the image.
So ya, this is the best I can do. Please excuse the 2 lines from the cupboard doors.
Anyway, back to the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector. On first look, the Megaplex MG-850HD looks like any ordinary projector. It is capable of producing HD 720p resolution in 2800 lumens. That’s pretty bright. But what makes it different from most of the projectors out there is the built in Apple dock connector for your iOS devices like iPhone and iPad.
The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD is great for watching movies Just plug your iPad on the Apple dock connector and play your favorite movie or stream videos from YouTube. It has 2 built in 10 watt speakers for better sound quality. Oh, and it charges your iOS devices at the same time.
The Megaplex MG-850HD does not do mirroring of your iOS devices. Instead, there is a menu for you to access your videos, musics, photos and some apps when you plug in your iOS devices. Navigation through the menu is easy and straight forward. There is a remote for those who wants to sit back and relax. I tried playing some YouTube videos and going through my photo album. The image quality is great.
Do note that not all apps are supported by the MG-850HD dock. Only apps like YouTube, Keynote and Photo Library that supports video out can be used on the dock connector. That basically covers most of the things you need. But if you need to project other apps that does not support video out, just get a HDMI adaptor and do mirroring. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD has HDMI, component, and composite video inputs for other devices. You could even plug in your USB Thumbdrive for a PC less slideshow.
As a whole, the Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is a great projector for iPad and iPhone owners. Great for a movie nights. The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD All-in-One Projector is now retailing at S$1299