By Andrew Liszewski
While it didn’t come up at the press conference earlier in the day, Samsung was showing off their MBP200 Pico Projector/Portable Media Player at a pre-CES event. I have to admit that the whole pocket-sized projector idea has intrigued me, and after playing with the MBP200, I’m definitely sold. Given the extra hardware on board, the MBP200 is considerably thicker than something like the iPod Touch, or pretty much every PMP currently on the market. But being able to project up to a 50-inch video onto a wall, totally makes up for it.
Besides the standard support for media files such as MP3, WMA, OGG, AAC, WAV, DivX, Xvid, WMV9 Simple Profile, MPEG-2, MPEG-4; Audio CODEC: MP3, AAC and WMA, the MBP200 also supports PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, MS Word docs and Excel files, which means you can justify picking one of these up as a tool for the office. And if you don’t want everyone else in the room seeing or hearing your files, the MBP200 also has a 2.2-inch QVGA LCD display and a 3.5mm headphone jack that can be used in lieu of the built-in speaker. As for availability, “sometime later this year” is the best I could coax out of them.