Dell S718QL Overcomes Ambient Light At InfoComm 2019

Art visited the Dell Booth at InfoComm 2019, where he came upon a unit he reviewed before – the Dell S718QL. This ultra short throw projector was displayed in a custom cabinet where it was inset into the credenza itself. There are several manufacturers of custom cabinetry for ultra short throw projectors (Salamander Designs is one, and they were present at InfoComm this year) and some that specialize in specific manufacturers.

In the Dell Booth, the S718QL was up against some serious ambient light. Trade shows are known for rather pervasive lighting, and many manufacturers will put up walls or makeshift ceilings above their projector displays to protect the projected image against ambient light. Not Dell, though. This projector had the whole of the trade show lighting experience raining down on the projector screen. The screen looked to be an Ambient Light Rejecting screen especially designed for ultra short throw projectors, but even still, the S718QL performed admirably.

The Dell S718QL

Dell S718QL - Laser projector

When Art published his review of the Dell S718QL in March of 2018, the first line dubs the projector as “pretty impressive!” This is a laser projector that can be used in both business/education applications, and home entertainment. It has 4K UHD resolution (2716×1528 x2), and is a pixel shifter. It’s nicely bright, with a 5,000 lumen claim, and features that ultra short throw design. It’s a DLP projector that can project up to 124” diagonal, and has an MSRP of $5,999, with a current street price of around $1,000 less.

The Dell S718QL has a media player that works with Microsoft Office. It also has Split Screen, Portrait Mode, and PC-Free Presenting. These features make it well suited for business and education applications. It has Bluetooth audio, so you can sync your external Bluetooth speakers if you want more than the built-in speaker (6-watt stereo), which works in both business/education and home entertainment environments.

You’ll notice I say “home entertainment” rather than “home theater.” That is because, simply put, this is not a dedicated home theater projector. For the price point, you can find one much better suited to that purpose. In Art’s review, he talks about the color of the Dell S718QL:

“The brightest mode, as usual, leaves a lot to be desired. All the others are different, but are pretty good. None, however, would make for really good home theater use, out of the box with no adjustments – the modes are just not accurate enough. Calibrated though… it can be a bright, 4K UHD home entertainment projector, although still not as good as most dedicated home theater projectors.”

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Highlights

  • $5,999 MSRP – Street price is $4,999 (2/2018)
  • Laser Light Engine (5,000 lumens)
  • 20,000 hour life on laser (to 50% brightness)
  • Ultra Short Throw Design
  • 4K UHD Resolution (2716x1528x2) for 8.3 Megapixels
  • Supports 4K HDR, but not P3/BT.2020 color space
  • Three HDMI inputs
  • Two 6-Watt Speakers
  • Bluetooth Built In – Connect wirelessly to external Bluetooth speakers
  • Built-in PC-Free Presenting (with Microsoft Office compatibility)
  • Split Screen Capability (HD only, not 4K)
  • LAN Support – Includes advanced features with Crestron, compatibility
  • Optional Wall Mount Kit

Disclosures

From the Editor: This video was shot at InfoComm 2019 as a behind the scenes look of the Dell Booth. It was shot by Art Feierman, editor of ProjectorReviews.com, at the InfoComm 2019 Dell Booth, and was edited by Nikki Kahl.

Videos that are part of the Projector Reviews TV channel are created by Projector Reviews Inc. Our trade show videos, such as this video from InfoComm 2019, are intended to give a behind the scenes look into the show and demo what’s new with projector manufacturers. Thanks! – Art

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