Roku Streaming is going mainstream. For those that don’t want to (or can’t) hook up a computer up to their TV in order to stream video from the Internet, 3M’s Streaming Projector (Part SPR1000) Powered by Roku® is the perfect home theater system. Let’s take a closer look at it and see what you get and what it’ll let you do.
What You Get with the 3M Roku Streaming Projector
Looking through all the reviews and specifications for 3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku (SPR1000). This is an Internet appliance that requires a Wi-Fi Internet connection to stream video from a number of different services (we’ll get into those later). The Wi-Fi receiver is dual band, which means that your streaming experience will be clean and not jumpy. It uses a rechargeable battery that gives just over two hours of life, or you can go continuous with the included AC adapter.
The Roku Streaming projector from 3M uses Digital Light Projection technology to project an image of up to 120 inches across onto the surface of your choice. (Remember the commercial about DLP? “It’s the mirrors!”) Yes, I said 120 inches. That’s just under three times as big as a 42-inch big screen TV. And the DLP technology used in it is the same as you will encounter in an IMAX theater. You get near HD quality video with 800×600 resolution. You’re not going to miss any of the video details that the director wanted you to see.
As for sound, you’ve got two choices. The projector has a built-in speaker, but it also has an audio-out jack, allowing you to use headphones, powered computer-type speakers, or hook it up to your home stereo or surround-sound processor for massive theater-quality audio. Imagine, 120 inches of video playing on a wall, with heart stopping surround sound audio coming from your 5.1 or 7.1 audio system, just like in a theater.
The Roku streaming magic is brought to you by the Roku Streaming Stick™. This is a device that very closely resembles a pen or thumb drive. It plugs into the back of the projector and receives the High Speed Internet signal from your Wi-Fi router. Basically, it turns the projector into an Internet set-top box without requiring the TV. Anywhere you have some unobstructed wall space you can project your streamed video.
The connector on the Roku Streaming Stick™ is HDMI. And there’s a limited amount of memory in the stick. What this means is that you can also plug the stick into anything that has an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) input and watch videos and view photos saved on the stick.
And you’re not limited to using the projector in the U.S. It comes with a power adapter that lets you use it anywhere in the world. So, take it with you when you go on vacation and as you’re sitting in your hotel room recovering from jet lag, you can plug it in, connect to the hotel’s Wi-Fi, and start streaming. The included infrared remote gives you complete control over all the functions of the projector.
Some Technical Specifications
The projector itself has a lamp that produces a bright 60 lumens, so you don’t have to turn the lights completely off to enjoy your streaming videos. Because it’s small, at 4.3 inches by 4.1 inches by 2.0 inches, it can go just about anywhere. The size of the projected video depends on how close you place it to the “screen”. Want to watch a movie in private and not disturb your partner as she’s sleeping next to you? Place the projector close to the wall and plug in the headphones and watch your movie on a six-inch “screen”.
Sounds Neat, But What Can I Watch?
You’d actually be better off asking me what you can’t watch using the 3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku. Roku Streaming gives you access to over 600 channels of streaming video. Some of them are free and some are subscription services, but by using this device, you’ll get video quality that’s like what you’re used to on your computer or plasma TV, on a much, much bigger scale.
Some of the channels and sites you’ll be able to stream and watch include, but by no means are limited to, the following:
- Amazon Instant Video
- Hulu Plus
- HBO Go
- Many more
Nifty Accessories Available
Some of you may not have a perfectly unobstructed wall that’s big enough to use as a viewing screen. 3M knew this, so they’ve also made a special collapsible viewing screen that you can pick up separately to watch your movies on. You also may not have anything to set the projector on that’ll keep it steady and level throughout a movie. 3M was thoughtful enough to put a tripod adapter on the bottom of the projector. Even better, it’s not a proprietary adapter, so if you have a tripod for your camera, you’re set.