Sunday, August 31, 2008

Dell 3400MP DLP Micro Portable Projector

Technology: DLP front projector, 2X color wheel
Native Resolution: XGA 1024x768
Brightness: 1500 lumens
Contrast: 2100:1
Zoom Lens ratio: 1.5:1
Lens shift: None
Lamp life: 3000 hours at full power, 4000 hours in Eco-mode
Weight: 2.4 lbs.

Dell 3400MP DLP Projector: Pros

  • Very bright in Presentation mode, good brightness in Film and Video mode
  • Physical size and weight - this projector provides a lot of punch in a tiny package
  • Very sharp image
  • Good warranty, with lots of options, including accident coverage
  • Lamp life, a most impressive 3000/4000 hour (eco-mode/full power) rating
  • Very good color accuracy in Movie mode, suitable for color accurate presentations
  • Some documentation is good, specifically the quick Setup Guide
  • Compression technology for handling widescreen resolutions is very good
  • Very g ood remote control, buttons are laid out logically, well spaced
  • Very good menus, despite requiring hitting an exit item to move back up levels
  • Physically cute, and yet impressive
  • Functional, small and attractive semi-hard shoulder case
  • Excellent - Remote allows control of presentations, and full remote mouse control
  • Audio output
  • Price performance - considering that you do pay a premium for such a small projector, this projector is an excellent value among the smallest and lightest competition
  • And of course, mobility

Dell 3400MP DLP Projector: Cons

  • Color performance in Presentation preset - Reds and Yellows are weak(although typical of most DLP portable projectors)
  • Documentation sometimes thin, weak index, for example couldn't find info about remote mousing in manual (fortunately they indicate it in the setup card)
  • Menu control system, despite four arrow system, relies on Exit key to move back up levels, requiring extra keystrokes (no big deal)
  • Limited inputs, only one computer in (accepts analog or digital), no monitor out (that means primarily for laptop users), you can't have component video and a computer hooked up at hte same time.
  • Very limited zoom range (1.15:1), although typical for such a small projector at least a couple do a bit better (InFocus 70+, for example has a slightly better 1.25:1)

Dell 3400MP DLP Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Ease of Use
  • Audible noise levels (for a projector this small)
  • Build quality