Light Engine: x XGA , native 0. Lens and Throw Distance: 1. Throws a " diagonal image from Warranty: One year.
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Light Engine: x XGA , native 0. Lens and Throw Distance: 1. Throws a " diagonal image from Warranty: One year. While its 4. The Dell MP weighs only 4. The connection panel is on the rear of the projector. It has two VGA inputs, which is nearly unheard of in a budget projector.
It also has one VGA output for monitor loop-through, a feature that is highly desirable in the education market in particular. Password protection can be used to limit access to the projector, and a Kensington lock provides the security needed for classroom deployment. The MP has a flat throw angle, meaning that the centerline of the lens intersects the bottom edge of the projected image when the projector is not tilted.
Practically speaking, this means that the bottom edge of the picture will be just a couple inches above the level of the conference table. If you want the image higher on the wall, you must either elevate the projector or tilt it upwards. If you choose the latter, you will have a trapezoid-shaped image that you can opt to square up with keystone correction. Keystone correction is vertical only, and manually adjusted. When using keystone, the MP applies an uneven bolding effect across the screen, resulting in small text becoming slightly harder to read.
However, at 12pt font and above, this should cease to be a problem except on very small screens. There is relatively little learning curve, and the buttons are easy to use by feel, even without a backlight. The menu system is somewhat unique. Pressing the menu button on the case or remote brings up a row of icons at the bottom of the screen, representing different categories of adjustments.
Pressing "enter" on any of these adjustments brings you into that submenu, and pressing "menu" again collapses it back down. It is a very slimmed-down, low profile approach that manages to maintain functionality without taking up valuable screen real estate. LG Electronics When the projector is operated in standard mode with the lamp on full power, fan noise is about average for this class of projector.
However, eco-mode makes it significantly quieter, to the point where it is easy to ignore even when used in a small meeting room and placed in close proximity to the audience. The MP has a 1. It cannot be used to significantly alter the size of the projected image from any given throw distance, so it does not allow for much placement flexibility. For example, if you want to present a 70" diagonal image, the projector needs to be placed about 9.
Lamp life on the MP is rated at hours for standard operating mode and hours for eco-mode. This sounds like a large amount, but it really means that you can purchase the MP and a replacement lamp for the cost of the larger MP, and keep it running for twice as long.
Furthermore, even at hours of lamp life, the price of running the MP works out to roughly ten cents per lamp hour.
Therefore, you can use the lamp power modes to control the amount of light you want for varying presentation situations. In smaller conference rooms, lumens will often be sufficient while may be too bright. This is ideal for photography in a darkened room or even movies on the weekend, for which a business projector would typically be too bright.
While black level in PC mode was normal for very bright commercial projectors, which is to say not very good, sRGB mode offered a huge improvement. In this mode, the MP is a fine choice for any number of applications, including photography, video games, and the occasional movie.
Image sharpness was impeccable. Every corner was in perfect focus simultaneously, and there was not the slightest hint of softness anywhere in the image. One of the competitive strengths of DLP technology is its subtle pixel structure, a feature that is particularly desirable when viewing video, film, and digital photography.
When viewing the image from a distance of anything more than one screen width, there was no visible pixelation and no hint of a screen-door effect. At x, or SXGA, small text became harder to read due to compression artifacts, but 12pt and larger font was still legible.
While there are some limitations, like a short zoom range and imperfect keystone adjustment, the Dell MP is a serious contender and a tremendous value. For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Dell MP projector page.
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