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Family Movie Night with the 3M Mobile Projector

Last week we called our local cable company to set up service at our new location and to schedule disconnection at our current location for later this month.  Unfortunately they accidentally disconnected our service and it took them over a week to restore it and get the account straightened out.  So what does a family of four do without cable for a week?  Watch a lot of videos via our iPad2 and the 3M Mobile Projector.  A couple times my hubby and I even crawled in our bed with my youngest son and watched Spongebob and other cartoons until we all fell asleep.  It was pretty cool snuggling together and watching the BIG SCREEN.  It was especially fun for me because the projection was so large and clear I didn’t even have to wear my glasses to see it.

Our original intent for getting the 3M Mobile Projector was to use it for our outdoor movies at the pool.  We love lounging in the pool on hot summer nights while we watch movies on our homemade outdoor screen, also know as a white sheet hung on our privacy fence.  Watching the movies outdoors reminded me of when I was little when my parents used to bring me to the drive-in.


Guess what we are watching.

I did a short video during the day in a room with no covering over the windows, on a beige colored wall, at low/medium volume to give you an idea of the recording clarity and sound.  I was really impressed with the power this small, mobile unit packed.  It is difficult to find mobile projectors that are small and compact, yet deliver bright and clear images with sufficient sound.  The 3M Mobile Projector is perfect to bring to any social occasion because it is super user friendly, portable, and bright.  As you can clearly see watching Spongebob was no problem with this machine.

3M Mobile Projector Tech Specs & Info

The 3M Mobile Projector connects to Apple® iOS devices, including iPod®, iPad® and iPhone® (not included) and projects up-to an 80-inch image.  The battery lasts for up to 2 hours so watching most movies and television shows is no problem and the projector does operate while plugged in.

• Dimensions: 150 mm x 65 mm x 30.5 mm
• Weight: 300 grams (10.6 oz.) — Less than a pound!
• Brightness: 32 lumens
• Resolution: SVGA (800 x 600)
• Power Source: Lithium Polymer battery or AC adapter
• Uses Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) technology for superb image quality
• LED light source offers 20,000 hour lamp life, so no need to worry about replacement bulbs

This summer we got creative with the projector.  Not only did we use it to replace our cable when it went out, but we also shared our vacation photos on our living room wall with our relatives.  If you had a 3M Mobile Projector, what would you use it for?

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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of 3M and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


  1. Thanks for sharing this great review about this 3m projector,I have to admit it is so much fun to watch movies in this kind of machine, aside from the wide screen, I think that we might feel like we are in theater.

  2. Mary Ambrosino says

    The picture is excellent. I never would have thought about getting one until I read this review and am now seriously considering one. I would use it for the same things you mentioned in your post.

  3. I’m guessing, you watched Spongebob Squarepants? Am I right? Ha ha! It’s definitely much better to watch movies with projector. Cinema in the comfort of your home. 🙂

  4. Wow! I just can’t believe it.. is that really so small?! It must be such a great thing! That is really a must-have one for home movies! Much better than a TV!

  5. The only downside I see to this, is that if I turned it on for my kids they would never let me turn it off and want to sit and watch it more than I’d like them too lol. Seriously though looks like a great product and would definitely be something that kids would enjoy.

  6. TRACY SIMMS says

    great review..my family would love this!thanks, simms3710@yahoo.com

  7. Not only this will be perfect for family movie nights, it is also a good tool if you are homeschooling your kids.

  8. That looks so cool! My hubby would love that not to mention the kids! Love the fact you can take it anywhere!

  9. That sounds pretty cool and i’m so excited to have this 3M mobile projector for my iPhone. Thanks for the review and for the info! Love it!

  10. Pamela Oakley says

    This is very high definition 3M Mobile Projector. This is perfect for family movie night since it can provide great movies to the family. I love using this one.

  11. Brethney Callies says

    This is really great. I am planning to purchase this 3M Mobile Projector for my family. They are always asking this one.

  12. Nina Parrish says

    Well, thanks for sharing this product. I will share this one to my husband. Perhaps, we will purchase this product.