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Dell Advanced Projector: P519HL Laser Projector Review – Hardware

Dell Advanced Projector: P519HL Laser Projector Review – Hardware: Overview, Inputs and Connectors, The Lens


The Dell Advanced Projector P519HL is intended for business and education applications, and is intended for larger venues like higher education classrooms, lecture halls, museums, auditoriums, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues. It would also be at home in larger K-12 classrooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, and board rooms.

The Dell measures 15.2 inches wide, 11.9 inches deep, and 4.5 inches tall, and weighs 12.57 pounds. A typical installation for this projector would likely be ceiling mounted. As it’s not practical for us to mount every projector that comes in for review, I will be describing the projector as it appears when looking at it on a table top.

The front of the projector houses the lens, which has both manual zoom and focus, and an IR sensor for the remote control. On either side of the projector, we have the hot air exhaust and cool air intake vents. The top of the projector has a simple control panel. All in all, I would say the word “simple” describes the entire design. Simple can be good!

The back of the projector houses the inputs and connectors panel, which is simple – there’s that word again – but has all the inputs and connectors you need for most business and education applications. Now, let’s take a look at that inputs panel.

Inputs and Connectors

The Dell P519HL has a simple inputs and connectors panel.
The Dell P519HL has a simple inputs and connectors panel.

The Dell P519HL has good connectivity. There’s a single row of inputs, with a Kensington Lock at the lower left corner. Starting from the left, we have the USB Media port, a wired LAN RJ-45 connector, a Powered USB port (great for connecting hard drives that require power, or charging your phone – am I right? I’m right), and two HDMI 1.4a inputs. Next to that is the VGA computer connector, an Audio In, Audio Out, the obligatory RS232 connector for old-school command and control, and a Service port.

The Lens

The P519HL has good placement flexibility, thanks to its 1.60:1 zoom lens. That lens has manual zoom and focus, but no lens shift. I generally prefer lens shift, but as this projector will likely be installed once and ceiling mounted, the need for the lens shift isn’t really high.