Product: Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD
Looking for an iOS device dock that will not only play music and charge your device, but will also double as a projector? Look no further than the Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD. Slightly larger than most iOS device docks, this projector has a built-in dock and was created with those backyard movie nights and impromptu Instagram/photo sharing sessions in mind.
You can play content that is in your Photos app on the device, you can play videos from the Video app (so content that you've shot or items purchased in iTunes), and play music and music videos also through iTunes on the device. There are also a few apps like Netflix that will allow you to project, but these are pretty rare, and to view videos the best bet, if using the dock, is to make sure that they are in the Videos app on your device. Of course, like any projector there are also inputs, so if you want to connect your DVD player or say, use the HDMI input for an Apple TV to wirelessly mirror your iOS device, that's a snap.
The MG-850HD Projector is perfect for someone who wants a way to watch the movies on their iOS device on a larger screen and doesn't want to own a TV. The Epson is a nice one-stop solution with integrated speakers, and I used it as often as a dock as I did as a projector. I can see this, for those fortunate enough to have guest rooms, being a great entertainment unit, providing a way to listen to music and share videos with guests visiting with iOS devices.
Pros: Compact design with integrated speakers, iOS device dock lets you charge your device while playing content from it.
Cons: No AirPlay. Playing content without the use of additional peripherals off your iOS device requires it to be docked, which means mounting the projector from the ceiling or up high does not work. Not a mirror, and only certain apps allow for viewing of content when docked.
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(Images: Epson, Joelle Alcaidinho)