The much-anticipated 3M Roku Streaming Projector finally launched, but reviews don’t seem to be painting a good picture for the first-of-its-kind streaming up-the-wall projector. The device, which comes with a streaming stick with its $299 price tag, does not appear to be everything the marketing guys at 3M have said it would be.
Arstechnica, the popular technology website got its geeky hands on a device this week, and the results of combining a 4 inch x 4 inch projector with streaming video services doesn’t look pretty. Both Roku and 3M teamed up to produce the new device, which is definitely portable–but comes with terrible battery life.
The streaming projector uses DLP projection, but limits the use to an unheard of (in 2012) 800×480 WVGA resolution. This results in the projector having to be very close to the wall to get a clear picture, and even then Arstechnica reports that the image looks very washed out–even in low-light rooms. Once the lights come on in your room the projector becomes all but a pretty paper-weight as the image displayed on the wall looks extremely faded.
In terms of battery life, the device has about an hour and twenty minutes of entertainment time. Ars reports they tested both in “regular mode” and “eco mode” and actually achieved more viewing time with the “regular mode” activated. Other reviewers are also reporting that the device gets extremely hot and comes with a very loud stock fan.
Despite the hype surrounding an affordable and portable streaming video projector, for the money spent it may be a good idea to find a more suitable projector that provides a better picture–even if you have to sacrifice the portability.