I was particularly impressed with the projector's ability to lock onto higher res sources, including 1920x1080 the top end of HDTV resolution. Menus are pretty good, easy to navigate, and I defintely liked the remote control. With a $999 price, you are definitely paying a premium for the small size of the projector, as similarly bright, but much larger XGA resolution projectors can be had for a few hundred dollars less.
Dell M209X: Summary
Need a projector that combines minimum size and weight, with maximum brightness? You need look no further than the Dell M209X.
Need a projector with the closest thing to a bullet proof warranty (between its great standard warranty, and the extended and accident options), this is it.
Realizing that there are perhaps a half dozen projectors in the under three pound weight range, that are similarly small in terms of bulk (the shapes do vary), and that I haven't reviewed any others recently, I am still very impressed. I certainly wasn't expecting the M209X to be as bright as it measured, nor that it would so easily exceed its brightness claims.
What it comes down to is this: If a bright micro-portable is what you need, and especially if the 3LCD competition is too large for your tastes (no 3LCD projector comes close to this projector's small size), the Dell should serve you extremely well. It is well endowed, feature wise, and well laid out.
Only the traditional red/yellow handling issue in brightest modes, can be seen as a weakness, and as I have pointed out, you can still get out very good reds and yellows, but only about half of its maximum brightness, when needed.
Our congratulations to Dell, they've produced an excellent, and brilliant, micro-portable projector, that deserves our Hot Product Award. And it's cute, too!