Earlier this year I reviewed the Sony MP-CD1, the company’s 2018-released pico projector that can work with pretty much all the latest laptops, smartphones or gaming consoles to produce a 100-inch screen. It’s straightforward to use. It’s travel-friendly. And it has a decent 2.5-hour battery life. The Sony MP-CD1 did have some issues, though.
Unlike its main competitor, the Anker Nebula Capsule, Sony’s pico projector doesn’t come with wi-fi and a built-in operating system, so it can’t function on its own to stream apps like Netflix or Hulu – it needs to be hooked up to another device, otherwise it has nothing to project. And it doesn’t support Bluetooth either, so it can’t function as a Bluetooth speaker.
The two biggest advantages of the Sony MP-CD1 are that it has a very slim design so it’s way more portable. And it charges via USB-C, which many of your devices will use in the future (if they don’t already). The main downside, other than its lack of its own operating system and built-in Bluetooth, was its price – it was less feature-rich than the Nebula Capsule, and produced the same 720p picture quality, but it was still more expensive, making it difficult to recommend.
That said, Sony just dropped the price by $100, so the normally $400 pico projector is now $300. But Anker also dropped the price of its Nebula Capsule to $300, which is $50 off. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a good deal on pico projector, now is a good time to strike. Again, Anker’s is way more versatile. And Sony’s is more travel-friendly. Both produce the same picture quality.
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