The HP MP3130 digital light processing (DLP) projector differs from most others in the market as it sits vertically rather than horizontally. HP's reasoning behind this is that, if placed on a table, it will be able to rise above the coffee cups and notebooks.
Weighing less than 2kg, it's also extremely portable. Buttons and sockets are clearly labelled on the unit and it comes complete with a remote control. The remote feels a little delicate, especially when extended to it's full length, but it does include a handy laser pointer.
The DLP chip housed within the MP3130 consists of more than one million mirrors that reflect that reflect individual pixels onto the screen. This provides more control over the image when compared with LCD projectors, as well as being producing a brighter image. Indeed, with an impressive 1,800 Ansi lumens and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, the MP3130 performed extremely well during our tests. Even in a well-lit room, it managed to project an acceptable display.
In terms of noise, however, the device is not the quietest.
It also benefits from a variety of automatic fuctions. Based on the input you provide, it will decide what settings will give the best results. For example, if connected to a notebook it will switch to business presentation setting and output at its maximum brightness. However, plug in a DVD player and it will reduce the brightness so projection is easier on the eye. It's also capable of automatically adjusting the vertical keystone correction.
Cheaper projectors are available but few will be able to match the clarity and the brightness of the MP3130. If you're prepared to shell out the cash, this HP DLP projector gets the job done.