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Dell's Tiny But Powerful M209X DLP Business Projector: Overview

Posted on March 27, 2008 by Art Feierman

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Dell M209X Specs
Price 999
Technology DLP
Native Resolution 1024x768
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2000
Contrast 1,800:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.10:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 3000 hours in Bright Lamp mode, 5000 hours in Eco-mode
Weight 2.6 lbs
Warranty 2 Years

Highlights of the Dell M209X

  • Extremely small form factor: 6.1 x 8.1 inches, 2.8 inches high
  • Industry "standard" 2000 lumens despite small size
  • Limited 1.1:1 zoom lens range
  • Extremely long lamp life - 3000 to 5000 hours depending on mode
  • Small, well padded carry case included
  • Two year warranty program includes replacement, 3rd year available, as is Dell's Complete Care, which covers accidental damage...
  • Small, but functional remote control
  • TI's Brilliant Color

My initial reaction, upon first powering up the M209X is that it is bright, especially for such a small projector. As is common with DLP projectors, the overall color accuracy leaves something to be desired when the projector is in its brightest modes, but color becomes very good, when needed, by switching down to Movie mode, but it does cost some brightness.


It's been almost a year since we last reviewed a Dell portable business projector. The new M209X, Dell's latest under 2.5 pound DLP projector, almost immediately is recognizable as a step up from the 3400MP reviewed last spring.

It's smaller, it's cuter, it is much brighter, and as an added bonus, it is slightly less expensive. All good things!

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