• The MG-850HD is an HD-capable projector with integrated speakers and a cradle for the iPod/iPhone/iPad
The docking cradle will charge your iDevice, and you can navigate your
media via the projector remote. You can view purchased/rented video
content from the iTunes store, as well as YouTube video.
• Dual USB ports allow for media playback via a computer or USB storage device.
• Two lamp modes allow you to tailor the projector's light output to suit your viewing environment.
• The projector has HDMI, component video, and VGA inputs.
• 2.1x manual zoom is available.Low Points
• The MG-850HD does not have a 1080p resolution. It's a 720p projector.
• The projector doesn't have as many advanced picture adjustments as you get in a higher-end model.
• It lacks RS-232, IR ports, and a 12-volt trigger.
• There are no lens-shift controls, and zoom/focus are manual.
Competition and Comparison
The MG-850HD doesn't have a lot of direct
competition, as there aren't many integrated projector/speaker/source
solutions out there. Optoma offers a pico projector, the Neo-I
, with integrated
speakers and a docking cradle. You might also want to take a look at
Epson's MovieMate line
if you prefer a DVD player to the iDevice dock.
A 100-inch HD display for $799? That's essentially
what the MegaPlex MG-850HD brings to your table, along with the ability
to easily watch and listen to entertainment content from your iDevice
and other mobile devices. Granted, you don't get a 1080p resolution, but
I don't think that's a critical concern when you consider the more
casual environment in which this product will likely be used--be it a
family room, a college dorm, a board room, or even for the occasional
outdoor movie night in the backyard. The MG-850HD's portability and
flexibility allow it to deliver big-screen entertainment without
tethering you and your media to a dedicated theater space.Additional Resources
• Read more video projector reviews
by Home Theater Review's staff.
• Explore screen options in our Projector Screen Review section