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      14.06.2011 00:32
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      If you can look past the poor handling of dark scenes this is a very capable projector

      I've been really impressed with the quality of this little projector from Dell. Due to the size of the projector and the fact that it uses LED instead of a traditional lamp I was expecting it to be really really dim and totally unwatchable.

      I got this projector to watch mostly films. I wanted something nice and portable that could be easily packed away as I couldn't justify something permenantly mounted in the living room. The input connectors provided are very comprehensive, as standard you get a Composite Video and a VGA input, but if you purchase a seperate VGA->Component Adaptor (I got one for £2.10 delivered off eBay) you can also feed the projector with a Component Video Signal, the resolution is ideal for 480p (854*480). The only downside with the connectors is that they are all external to the projector, there is a proprietry connector that goes into the back of the projector and the Power and Video Connectors are external to the device. The connector is quite delicate and after a lot of use I think it would be easily damaged.

      Image wise the projector gives a good picture. The DLP Technology provides nice vibrant colours and if you are watching a nice bright film you will be impressed, however the lack of brightness means that if you are watching something with dark scenes then it will really struggle, even if you are watching it in a totally dark room. It is not unwatchable, but you can see that it is finding it difficult.

      Even though this struggles with dark scenes if you were to use this projector as a portable presentation device for things such as Word Documents, Spreadsheets and Power Point Presentations and you have the ability to control the high level in the room then you will be very impressed. This is obviously the market that Dell is aiming at.

      There are no integrated speakers so you will need to use an external amplifier, I just use amplified speakers meant for iPods/MP3 Players.

      It is a nice touch that the power brick is the same as the recent Dell Laptops so if you were using this as a portable projector, you could save space by just packing a single power brick for both the laptop and the projector.

      I was very dissapointed that this projector didn't come with either extendable legs or a mount point for a tripod. With mine I have glued a piece of threaded metal onto the base and placed it on top of a standard camera tripod. This allows easy adjustment and placement of the image on the wall, without this it needed to be propped up on books which is far from ideal. Obviously space it at a premium, but I'm sure that Dell could have come up with something better.

      All of the controls for the projector are on a button pad on the top, they are flat buttons and are a bit fiddly to use. There is no remote control.

      It seems like I have been really picky on this unit, but despite it's short comings I really like it. It is small enough to pack away easily into a drawer and is very quickly setup again when needed. I use it for regularly watching TV Shows as well as films. It depends what you are after, if you are after a true home cinema projector you will be disappointed with this, but if you are prepared to make some sacrifices then you should be happy. For round about £250 it is just the price of a handful of nights out so great value.


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