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Microvision Showwx+ HDMI review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £319
inc VAT

The Showwx+ HDMI is highly portable and has great image quality up close, but is best if you want to project from a smartphone


848×480 resolution, 15 ANSI lumens, 118x60x14mm, 117g

The 848×480 resolution matches that of some smartphones, but when using a laptop you’ll have to reduce your desktop resolution to match. With only 15 lumens brightness, you’ll either have to turn the lights out or move closer to your projection surface to get a decent image. With office lights on, we found we couldn’t get a clear enough image beyond about three feet, which resulted in a 27in-diagonal image – not bad, considering it could be magnifying your smartphone’s 3-4in screen.

With the lights off, it’ll project much further, depending on your subject matter – we tested a presentation and got a decent-enough 62in-diagonal image at seven feet. It’s not perfect, though – the further away the surface is, the more you start to notice horizontal, flickering lines, and at large distances these can be distracting. These artefacts don’t show up at short distances, but you do get a speckle effect at close range.

Microvision Showwx+ HDMI right side

Provided you get the projector’s distance from the screen right, image quality is great. Charts and text in our presentation tests were sharp and clear, although the low brightness meant detail was lost in some pictures. With the lights off and the screen close, colours and contrast in films were great, although slightly marred by the speckle effect. There’s also an Inverted option, which is useful if your presentation has black text on a white background – you can make it more readable by changing it to white on black.

If you have a smartphone with an HDMI output (or an Apple device) and the ability to run presentations, the Showwx+ HDMI could be the ideal travelling business tool, although it’s on the expensive side. The 3M PocketProjector MP180 offers similar mobility with memory card support and a built-in media player, so is more versatile, but at close distances the Showwx+’s vibrant colours give it the edge in picture quality.

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Projector technologylaser
Lamp brightness15 ANSI lumens
Lamp lifeN/A
Lamp life in economy modeN/A
Contrast ratio5,000:1


Native resolution848×480
Max compressed resolution848×480
Aspect ratio16:9
Other aspect ratiosnone
Max diagonal at 7ft71in
Throw ratio1:1
Optical zoom0.0x
Projection distance0.15m to 2.5m
Mirror imageno
Invert imageno
Lens shift horizontalN/A
Lens shift verticalN/A
HD Readyno
Special view modesBrilliant, Standard, Inverted


VGA inputno
DVI inputNo
Sound inputsnone
Composite inputno
S-video inputno
HDMI inputyes
Component inputno
PAL supportyes
SECAM supportyes
NTSC supportyes
Audio outputnone
Video outputnone
Others inputs/outputsUSB charging port


Internal speakersnone
Extraswrist strap, storage puch, AC adaptor, cables (micro-USB, composite adaptor, iPhone adaptor)
Remote special featuresN/A
Power consumption standbyN/A
Power consumption onN/A


Lamp cost (inc VAT)N/A
Lamp supplierN/A
Lamp cost per hour of useN/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy)N/A

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