The Dell Advanced Projector P519HL is a $2,499 laser projector with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution projector claiming 4,000 lumens. The projector can produce an image of up to 300” diagonal, making it a perfect fit for larger venues like higher education classrooms, lecture halls, museums, auditoriums, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues. Just be aware that, the larger the projected image, the more lumens you need.
This is a DLP projector, meaning it uses a color wheel to reproduce the entire color spectrum. There are always trade offs between the different types of projector technologies, but DLPs do have some real strengths. DLP technology yields to manufacturing smaller projectors. This allows for more portable, lighter weight projectors than, say, their 3LCD competition. This makes installation easier, especially when mounting the projector to a high ceiling.
In poor lighting conditions, where there is some degree of uncontrollable ambient light, you’ll get more white lumens dollar-for-dollar than a 3LCD projector, though a 3LCD projector will perform better in terms of color when faced with ambient light. This is because 3LCD projectors have as many color lumens as they do white ones, while DLP projectors do not. That 4,000 lumen count only refers to white lumens in the case of the Dell P519HL. Again, trade-offs. In controlled conditions, both technologies perform well.
DLP projectors have sealed light paths, which prevents dust particles from settling on the inside of the light path and causing “dust blobs” on your projected image. This saves time and money, as to get the dust removed is a major maintenance call. With a sealed light path, you get protection of the DMD chip, color wheel sensor, laser bank, and other optical components. 3LCD manufacturers are starting to seal their light paths as well, though they do it in a different way.
The Dell Advanced Projector P519HL has excellent color.
Computer generated graphics look great when projected by the Dell Advanced Projector P519HL.
The Dell Advanced Projector P519HL handles PowerPoint presentations beautifully.
Small type, such as what is used in Infographics, is highly readable by the Dell Advanced Projector P519HL.
Websites look great when projected by the Dell Advanced Projector P519HL.
Laser light engines are amazing for business and education environments. These types of light engines generally last three times as long as their lamp based competition, sometimes more. In the cast of the Dell P519HL, the light engine is rated at up to 20,000 hours. That’s about 10 years of heavy use. Most lamp based projectors fall between 3,000 hours and 8,000 hours, so that 20,000 hours is a pretty sweet deal.
The Dell Advanced Projector has good, if not simple, connectivity. It has all of the inputs and connectors you need for a basic setup in a business or education environment. That is, no advanced networking like HDBaseT, which is used for running A/V signals over extremely long distances. If your applications require you to do that, look elsewhere. If not, keep reading. Next up, let’s take a look at the projector’s highlights before getting into its features and performance.