Dell 2400MP Projector: Summary, Pros, Cons
Impressive! The combination of low price, exceptional brightness for a 5.5 pound portable, better color handling than I would expect from a low cost DLP projector, made reviewing the Dell 2400MP a real surprise, and a pleasure. Definitely one of the best values on the market, and winner of our Hot Product Award, for the reasons stated above.
In trying to figure out how to write this summary, it occured to me that I might as well go through the minor imperfections with you, afterall, the Dell 2400MP, isn't perfect. It's just that what it does well more than offsets any of the downsides.
So, the first thing that is less than perfect about the 2400MP, is it's warranty. It's only one year, but, even with that, it comes with an overnight replacement program (with the usual caveats). When you consider the price of the 2400MP, though, you can choose to buy one of their multiple extended warranties for a reasonable price. In fact, Dell offers something I'm not aware of any other manufacturer currently offering. As with their laptops, you can get an extended warranty that covers accidental damage, like dropping it or spilling liquids on it. So, if you're a klutz, Dell's got you covered (optionally).
So when you consider the warranty issue, all you have to do, is throw a number of extra bucks at your Dell, to get longer, and, if you want, wider coverage.
The Dell 2400MP lacks a DVI input, but that's found on very few projectors in its price range, and is only needed by an even smaller percentage of the market. More to the point, however, is that the Dell has only one computer input. If it has a real failing, it's that it doesn't have a component video input as well. You can feed the Dell a component video signal through the computer input, but that means you if you want a computer hooked up, you can't also have a top quality (digital or component video) source hooked up at the same time. Interestingly the Optoma TX700 which was one of the other projectors reviewed for the comparison, and one not quite as bright, has a DVI port with digital and analog, plus the usual analog computer input, providing the for excellent flexibility. If you need computer signal plus component video, or digital, you might consider that Optoma.
Lastly, the 2400MP is a bit noisy. In full power, it is definitely audible but shouldn't pose a problem, even in small rooms. The 15% dimmer eco-mode is an easy alternative if it's noise is a problem for you. It doesn't quiet it much, but probably enough to satisfy just about everyone. Many other small powerful projectors, that come to mind, like Epson's 765 (2500 lumens, 4 pounds), are significantly noisier.
So, I'll stop quibbling, here's the list of
Dell 2400 Projector: Pros and Cons
- 3000 lumen projector for $1099!
- Extremely bright for a 5.5 pound projector
- Very good handling of color, notably Reds and Yellows, the traditional weakness of small DLP projectors
- Good compression technology
- Very good overall video quality, except for noise
- Sharp image
- Good menus
- Audio out
- Lot's of good, affordable extended warranties to choose from
- Page Up, Page down presentation control
- Nice shoulder carry case - well padded
- Lacks DVI input (few users require one)
- Lacks 2nd computer input (nice to have, or to have a component video input, in addition to the standard computer input
- A bit noisy
- Definitely visible noise on video, in bright areas of the image, detracts from it's potential use at home.
- Lacks full remote mousing (some projectors have, other models don't), but superior, RF remote mousing devices are very affordable, and typically better than included IR solutions
- Remote control
- Shoulder case (very nice) is larger than it needs to be, the price you pay for that extra padding
Dell 2400MP Summary
The Dell 2400MP is a great value. It's an $1100 business projector that has the power to to handle small and medium room presentations with lots of light on, and do a good job for audiences to 400+.
It's colors on presentations are surprisingly good. Its video performance is good enough to seriously interest home theater people that need a bright business projector for rooms with a fair amount of ambient light. (If only it had that extra input.) The remote works well, menus are easy to navigate, and documentation is respectable.
When you add it all up, I'm not aware of another projector in it's general price range, that can claim better price performance. The 2400MP projector gets my highest recommendation, and our Hot Product Award.