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Sony MP-CL1 Pocket Laser Projector

Pico projectors have always attracted my attention like a moth to a lightbulb. The Sony MP-CL1 is my third, but the first one I’ve owned capable of projecting HD video. It is a very impressive device, that almost no one needs.
I prefer to look at niche technologies and my retro-tech videos often feature devices that sold in limited numbers. For me a Digital Compact Cassette player from 1993 makes a far more interesting subject than a CD player from the same year.
This Sony projector is the type of object that I could imagine a YouTuber in the future making a retro-tech video about, but there’s no need to wait until then, my video is below.

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Reader Comments (3)

Techmoan, do you know if the MP-CL1 can do different refresh rates or is it stuck at 60hz?

I've had the 1st generation PicoP laser projectors, the Microvision ShowWX & ShowWX+, for a few years now, they're only 848x480 but I found if I specifically encode films to that resolution and add a bit of sharpness to the image it looks pretty good when played from a little Windows notebook through the VGA adapter.
Plus I've been able to overdrive them beyond 60hz right up to 75hz, but stick to 72hz for 24fps films (because it's a multiple of 3) which produces really nice smooth video.

Friends don't much like the speckle effect the laser projectors produce but I actually quite like it.

March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHaku

Thanks for writing on this pocket projector! I am a little new to these projector related stuffs, and I don't know what a laser projector is! How do you differentiate a laser projector from others?

April 5, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSavitaY

All projctors use a bright light source. Some use Bulbs, some LEDs and some Lasers. The Laser projectors are the least common because it’s the newest tech. Laser projectors have a big advantage in that they don’t require focusing. All the other types of projectors do.

April 8, 2018 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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