HP mp3135 review

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HP’s new mp3135 is the only upright projector on test. This is good news if you have limited desktop space from which to project, and it looks stylish too.

HP mp3135 review

Press a button and two stabilising feet shoot out at the sides, but even then the unit is only 155mm wide. There’s also a front foot so you can tilt the mp3135 upwards, while the automatic keystone correction means the image will have the correct perspective without trawling through menus.

Like many others on test, the HP is based around DLP technology and uses the latest 12-degree mirrors. This gives a claimed contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and the lamp is rated at 1,800 ANSI lumens, which makes it bright enough for even well-lit offices.

Although not integrated like the InFocus or Panasonic, HP offers both 802.11b wireless connectivity and the ability to present from a PowerPoint file on a USB flash drive through the optional SAM (Smart Attachment Module). This costs about £350 if you buy it separately, but a more cost-effective £50 extra if you buy it as a bundle with the mp3135 from www.misco.co.uk

HP has added a yellow segment to the usual red, green, blue and white colour wheel, and claims this improves colour accuracy, particularly yellows. We found this to be true in our tests, where in sRGB mode images and photos were lifelike. Skin tones were realistic, there were no harsh transitions and contrast was impressive.

White uniformity wasn’t bad, although the top-left corner was a little dark. In Presentation mode, colours tended to be inaccurate, although the extra brightness made up for it. Charts had a decent punch to them, and only the smallest of fonts began to lose clarity. Focus was generally excellent, except for the top-right corner, but we saw worse on test.

For video, the mp3135 offers great colours, reasonable contrast and saturation. Panning resulted in some tearing artifacts, which will be annoying to some, while in the theatre mode the low brightness meant detail was lost in very dark scenes.

However, mobile presenters will appreciate the 18-second shutdown time, plus the fact that the remote has a useful laser pointer and forward/backward buttons. With the M1-DA connection, this means you can hook up the USB and video signal connections with a single cable. Menus are fairly comprehensive, easy to navigate and include a diagnostics mode. What’s more, this was the quietest projector on test.

But, at £1,290 without the wireless module, the HP is hard on the wallet. It also costs almost 17p per hour to run, as bulbs last for 2,000 hours and cost about £330. Both the InFocus and Panasonic are cheaper, brighter and offer USB flash drive support and integrated Wi-Fi respectively. Ultimately, there’s better value elsewhere.

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