Posted on December 13, 2019 By Nikki Zelinger
Vivitek DH3660Z Laser Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons
The front of the Vivitek DH3660Z.
The back of the Vivitek DH3660Z.
The Vivitek DH3660Z's 1.50:1 manual zoom lens.
The lens controls of the Vivitek DH3660Z.
The top of the Vivitek DH3660Z.
The Vivitek DH3660Z is a 1080p (1920 x 1080) DLP projector claiming 4,500 lumens. Though it missed its claim, the projector only came up a few hundred lumens short at 4,269 lumens. This projector has a list price of $2,499 – highly competitive for a 1080p laser projector – and will be at home in K-12 classrooms, college and university classrooms, lecture halls, auditoriums, museums, smaller entertainment venues, conference rooms, meeting rooms, and boardrooms.
The DH3660Z has a 1.50:1 zoom lens with a modest amount of vertical lens shift (+13%), but it also has digital image shift, which is highly useful during installation. The projector is super sharp, thanks to the 1080p resolution, and sports a laser light engine with a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours. This Vivitek has a 5 year warranty, and 5 years or up to 10,000 hours on the light engine. A 20,000 light engine life translates to about 18 years of use when running the projector for six hours a day in a typical 180-day school year.
The DH3660Z is a no-nonsense projector with a host of special features. It has an RGBY color wheel (red, green, blue, yellow), which improves the range of color the projector is capable of reproducing. It is 3D ready, and compatible with the network monitoring and management solutions (product certified) including Crestron® RoomView™, Extron, AMX SSDP and Telnet. It has excellent placement flexibility, thanks to the zoom range and lens shift, as well as the 360° Projection and Portrait Mode features, which make the projector suitable for digital signage applications. The Vivitek has wireless compatibility via NovoConnect, and even has a backlit remote control. Nice.
The Vivitek DH3660Z has excellent connectivity – all of the inputs and connectors you’ll need for your education or business applications. It has is a wired connection for LAN (RJ-45), 3 HDMI ports, a Kensington Lock, VGA Computer In and Monitor Out connectors, an RS232c connector, an Audio In and Audio Out, a Mic In port. It also has Component Video inputs, a Service port, and a USB Type-A input.
A scene from Journey to Space, projected by the Vivitek DH3660Z.
A scene from the Netflix show Explained, projected by the Vivitek DH3660Z.
An infographic, projected by the Vivitek DH3660Z.
A presentation slide, projected by the Vivitek DH3660Z.
A website, projected by the Vivitek DH3660Z.
The Vivitek DH3660Z has seven color modes. The out-of-the-box color modes are Bright (4,269 lumens), Presentation (3,467 lumens), Movie (3,042 lumens), Game (2,571 lumens), sRGB (1,934 lumens), and DICOM SIM. (2,028 lumens). There is one User Mode that measured at 3,113 lumens. Of all of these modes, there are two “best modes” – sRGB for presentations, infographics, documents, and websites, and Movie for viewing education films and videos. All of these modes are fully capable of combatting the ambient light of typical classroom or conference room, even sRGB, which is the least bright. I shot the photos below in sRGB Mode.
The Vivitek DH3660Z projecting in a fully darkened room.
The Vivitek DH3660Z projecting in a room full of ambient light.
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