One being the S-video port, the composite port, and one that is not all that common the Left/Right audio-in ports. One added port that is unusual is the Mic port. With the 8 Watt speaker this could come help amplify your presentation a bit. There is also an audio in port and audio out to another sound system should you need more sound output than the 8 Watt speaker. And finally, there is a input so you can turn the projector on from a wall switch. For security, you have both the standard Kensington lock and a lock bar for extra security. The Dell S300W takes a standard electric plug used on most desktop computers.
Dell S300W Setup and Menu
Setup of the Dell S300W is pretty straightforward. There is no optical zoom. You have to position the projector by moving it forward and aft to get the desired image size. There is a fine focus knob on the top of the projector. To adjust the angle on even surfaces, you will find four adjustable feet. The front feet unscrew a little farther than the rear feet to so you can raise the projected image. All are independently adjustable so even the most uneven surfaces won't keep you from producing a nice square image.
The lamp door is located on the bottom of the projector. If you plan to mount this unit, keep in mind that you will have to take down the projector. Some K-12 and Universities find this to be a disadvantage due to the extended amount of time it will take to maintain a large number of projectors, but keep in mind the number of features and the price of this projector. Considering its capabilities, it is priced very well. One will have to decide if all the capabilities justify the cost of maintenance.
The menu system was very easy to use and well laid out. All the buttons and controls were labled well and moving around from screen to screen was a breeze. Provided are some photos of the menu system to help give you a better sense of how they work.
Dell S300W Setup and Menu SlideShow
Dell S300W Remote Control
The Dell remote proved to be laid out well enough that you could get a sense of where buttons are without looking after at least a few minutes of using it. There is a clearly distinguishable navigation button setup at the top of the remote. The menu button is conveniently placed and there is even a laser pointer to the right of the menu button. All the other buttons below are ones that will not get used all that often, but the ones that will, have been nicely seperated from the cluster above. I felt that made it easier to work through the different sources and Video Modes. Overall a great, and very responsive remote.