How many times have you tried to use a projector only to be bogged down with inconveniences like a delay to find the right VGA or HDMI cable? Use the wrong one and instead of the vibrant images you’re expecting the projector to broadcast onto the screen, you’ll find yourself staring at a giant black rectangle of nothingness. And worst of all, if you can’t find the right cable you’re stuck with whatever you’re doing being limited to the size of your device’s screen. If that’s a 3.5” iPhone screen or even a 9.7” (diagonal) iPad screen, that’s extremely inconvenient when sharing media with a group.
Few can ignore the great technological strides in the area of broadcasting images from devices other than a laptop or personal computer. Regardless of why you’re using a projector, the more convenient it is, the more likely you are to enjoy using it. And if you have an iPad, your projector troubles could be over because more and more devices are boasting iFriendly features, like a dock that allows projection directly from your Apple mobile device.
Reinventing the Projector
The Epson MegaPlex Portable Digital Dock Projector reinvents how you share presentations, HD films, music, or family vacation photos. Whether you’re in the board room or your living room, your Apple device easily syncs to the projector via the built-in docking system. A pair of 10-watt stereo speakers built into the projector sends a crisp, clear audio throughout the room. Here are some other perks.
- Easy Slideshow Sharing – Using my device as a USB drive, I can send files from iPad to projector in a snap, making it easier than ever to share still images like photos or digital art.
- Superior Audio – My projector for iPad is an Epson MegaPlex Portable Digital Dock Projector, and its speakers offer big stereo sound without the frustration of trying to hook up a complicated surround sound system in my room. Because I don’t need a surround sound system, I’m not limited to using my projector in just one room.
- Vibrant Images – When using projectors for iPad, look for ones that offer high resolution and lumens. A good projector will easily scale up an image from a 10” iPad screen to something closer to 100” wide on the screen or flat-surfaced wall, handing light and dark images or movie scenes with equal brilliance. If you’re familiar with how video conferencing works and your projector’s battery will last a couple of hours, then using an iPad to broadcast a presentation in the board room is as easy as sharing music or HD films with an informal group of friends at home.
- Versatility – Like other iPad projectors, you can plug your laptop or home computer, gaming console, smart phone, and most other digital devices to share content. The built-in docking system eliminates the need for cords. My laptop usually stays on my family’s corner computer desk, but its files are stored on a cloud drive. Because the iPad allows instant access to the files, I can dock my tablet onto the projector and share away.
One Amazon reviewer, a member of the online seller’s invitation-only Vine™ Voice program, had this to say about the Epson MegaPlex Portable Digital Dock Projector for iPad, “Connectivity is the other special feature. I plugged in my iPod Touch and ran a photo slideshow with music. It just worked. There’s a slide-out tray that has an iPod/iPad/iPhone jack. The tray easily holds my wife’s iPad with no strain.”
Once your Apple mobile device, like an iPad or iPhone, is in the docking system, the projector detects and syncs the device, giving you one of four options: Videos, Music, Photos & More, and Settings. The menu system allows you to choose any media or files that you’ve saved on your device – even things in your cloud drive. For instance, when I use my projector for iPad for audio, it even displays the album cover.
Another User-Friendly Feature
One of the features not mentioned on Amazon that I really love about my iPad presentation projector is the coffee-cup icon on the remote control. This is one of the most thoughtful features I’ve ever seen on an iThing accessory. While my projector does just about everything except make me a cup of coffee, pressing the coffee-cup icon causes the projector to pause whatever I’m watching and instead fill the screen (or in my case, living room wall) with a bright white light, illuminating the room so I can easily take a break without stumbling in the dark to find a light switch.
In today’s world of hands-free, wireless technology it’s no great revelation that more and more products are allowing synchronization with Apple mobile devices. I never thought a projector would top the list of most wanted accessories for my iPad, but now that I’ve invested in one, I’m more than pleased with the results.