Since I've tested the the Margi Presenter-to-Go card I'm really impressed
of its possibilities. Therefore I did some deeper investigations how it
works in real life environments. Specially I'm fascinated to use it with a video
projector instead using a more expensive Notebook.
Thanks to Compaq I got one of its fantastic iPAQ projectors - the
MP2810. The most important for me was to see how presentations looks with
this high-end projector using a Notebook versus an iPAQ. So I made some sample
presentations to compare it by myself and also my Girlfriend had a look
which presentation is running on which device. She uses projectors in her job
near daily, so she was the perfect test candidate. Here are the results.
The 2 pictures below are real photos I made while I used the iPAQ MP2810
video projector. Can you spot any differences? I'm sure you can't.
The original PowerPoint presentation
Can you spot the difference? Which is the
Notebook, which is the iPAQ with Presenter-to-Go?
This result really persuaded me that a Notebook isn't necessary anymore, if
you plan to hold PowerPoint presentations only in the future. For you as the
user, a Pocket PC, Margi Presenter-to-Go, Video Projector solution has some real
advantages, specially if you take such a small and light weighted projector like
the Compaq iPAQ MP2810:
Beside the weight reduction you can reduce the luggage you have to carry with
you as the iPAQ fits into the bag of the video projector very easy, no hassle to
carry a Notebook and a projector bag with you. Also you have no more hassle at
the security checks on the airports of the world where you have to put the
Notebook separate now on the X-Ray machine and have to boot it anyhow later.
Your iPAQ can be switched on/off with a fingertip.
||Sony Vaio C1
Margi Presenter-to-Go card
|iPAQ MP2810 Projector
||iPAQ MP2810 Projector
But on the cost side you can also save some bugs as Margi explain on its
For a 30 minute presentation, 15 minutes are wasted in setup tasks such as
booting up, resolution settings, application setup, projection setup,
troubleshooting etc. Similarly, wrapping up can take 5 minutes.
A typical presentation with
Laptop: 15 + 30 + 5 = 50 minutes (setup + presentation length +
Presenter-to-Go/Pocket PC: 1 + 30 + 1 = 32 minutes = 18 minutes saved per
And with an average billing rate of $60/hour,
10 presentations a month can save you 60*10*0.3 = $180 monthly or $2,160 yearly
20 presentations a month can save you 60*20*0.3 = $360 monthly or $4,320 yearly
Plus the money you can save if you buy a Pocket PC/Margi Presenter-to-Go
combination only and not a Notebook. This is more than interesting for companies
where a lot of people has Notebooks because this staff held presentation from
time to time.
This combination still kicks me! Specially when I was playing with the
Compaq projector it was so easy to setup the presentation. It took seconds only,
the longest was switching on the projector and the results was fabulous. Your
audience will not see any differences in the presentation quality if you are
using a Pocket PC with Margi Presenter-to-Go only!
Cheers ~ Arne