With the advancement in modern technology, projector manufacturers can now build projectors in any shape and size.
Lately, there’s been a big boom in pocketable projectors because they’re easy to carry, offer a big-screen experience, and do not need an active power supply.
Hence, if you want a battery-powered projector that you can carry anywhere with you in your pocket, then you should consider getting a pocket projector.
Miroir brand is a renowned name in the pocket projector space and has launched plenty of pocket and portable projectors. The Miroir M220 is one of their prized creation.
In this Miroir M220 review, we’ll go over this projector’s initial impression, design, built quality, and performance. Later, we’ll let you know should you consider buying this projector or are there better options available.
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Miroir M220 Review
- Texas Instruments DLP Cinema Technology
- HD 1280 x 720 (720p) native resolution
- Auto focus with vertical keystone adjustment +/- 40 degrees
- USB-C Charge/Video and HDMI input
- Built-in lithium-ion battery for approximately two hours of projecting time
First Impression & Design
The Miroir M220 comes in a super compact box, which resembles the box size of any modern smartphone or Bluetooth speaker.
Along with the projector, the box also includes a USB-C to USB-C cable, HDMI cable, USB-C to HDMI adapter, USB-C charger, and instruction manual.
Talking about its design, the Miroir M220 feels very lightweight and handy. It measures 6.6 inches wide, 4.2 inches deep, and 1.1 inches high, and it weighs just over 1 pound. Compared to its big brother, the Miroir M289 weighs close to 28 ounces, although you get Full HD native resolution in it.
With its extremely compact size, you can easily tuck it in your backpack or carry it anywhere with you if you have slightly oversized pockets.
The front contains the projection lens and a small camera for the autofocusing feature. It also has perforations for quick heat dissipation.
The top section is completely glossy and features the Miroir logo in the center and touch-based multifunction, volume up, and volume down buttons.
Its left side has exhaust ports and a Power ON/OFF button, whereas the back, contains multiple connectivity options. The back also contains 2x 2W stereo speakers for casual audio listening.
In terms of connectivity options, you get 1x HDMI port, 1x USB Type-A port, 1x USB-C Video port, 1x USB-C Charge port, and a headphone jack. With the provided USB-C cable, you can easily connect this projector to a range of Apple devices, including MacBooks.
For its size, you get plenty of connectivity options. You can connect it to myriad of devices like gaming consoles, computers, laptops, streaming devices, and more.
Built Quality & Performance
Since the Miroir M220 is a pocket projector, it is important to question its built quality and long-term viability.
To our surprise, this super-compact projector is very well built without any squeaks or panel gaps usually seen in some cost-effective pocket projectors.
If used properly, the Miroir M220 can last a long time. However, its internal projector components won’t give a good response to accidental falls or drops.
The DLP projection technology used in this projector and countless other projectors contains multiple tiny mirrors to form a large projection. Hence, even a waist height drop might damage the entire projector assembly.
Other than the projection technology’s downfall, it’s hard to find any issue in the Miroir M220 plastic casing body.
For the price it’s sold at, popular pocket projectors like Viewsonic M1+ and Kodak Luma 350 come with only 480p native resolution, which isn’t ideal for big-screen viewing.
In contrast, the Miroir M220 comes with 1280 x 720p HD native resolution and support for up to 1080p Full HD resolution. The bump in resolution from 480p to 720p drastically improves pictures quality. It reduces blurriness associated with most low-resolution projector display output.
As mentioned above, this projector comes with Texas Instruments DLP projection technology. It is the most cost-effective projection technology yet offers exceptional picture output no matter the projector’s size.
The fantastic picture output is supported by an LED lamp that can last up to 20,000 hours. This lamp is capable of producing up to 400 lumens brightness output.
400 lumens allow you to enjoy bright projection without having to dim your entire room. On the other hand, projectors like Kodak Luma 350 and Viewsonic M1+ only offer 200 and 300 lumens, respectively.
The projector is capable of producing up to 100-inch projection. However, from my experience, the sweet spot is between 40-65 inches. You get the best balance between brightness, contrast, and color accuracy.
Moreover, to produce an 80-inch projection, the projector needs to be at least 9 feet away from the projection surface. To get the best projection output, I’d suggest getting a projection screen rather than projecting it on a wall.
A projector screen consists of special vinyl material and reflective coating, which offer better and brighter projection. In comparison, when you project on a wall, the wall absorbs most of the light and offers poor reflectivity.
Unfortunately, the package doesn’t come with remote control. Hence, if you want to change any settings, you’ll have to reach out to the projector.
The built-in 2W speakers get the job done efficiently. They are suitable for casual listening; however, for an improved audio experience, I’d suggest getting an external speaker. The absence of Bluetooth means you need to connect this projector to a wired speaker.
Important Features & Functions
Miroir M220 Review: Pros & Cons
The Miroir M220 offers impressive specifications at an affordable price. It’s slightly bigger than a modern-day smartphone and weighs around 1 pound.
Due to its low weight, carrying this projector in your pocket or backpack won’t be an issue. Hence, if you’re looking to purchase a pocket projector that offers the performance of a regular projector, then you should consider the Miroir M220. Although, the only feature I miss is Bluetooth connectivity, which would make it the perfect choice.
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1 thought on “Miroir M220 Review – A Pocket Projector for MacBooks”
I liked the portable profile of this projector. Most importantly, it is a lightweight unit. Personally, I love such slim design projectors. Thanks for detailing this unit.