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Vivitek DH3660Z Laser Projector Review – Summary

Vivitek DH3660Z Laser Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

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.

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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 Vivitek DH3660Z reproduces pretty accurate skin tones. This photo was taken with the projector in Movie Mode.
The Vivitek DH3660Z reproduces pretty accurate skin tones. This photo was taken with the projector in Movie Mode.

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.

Vivitek DH3660Z Inputs and Connectors

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.

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.

Pros

  • $2,499 List Price
  • 4,500 Lumens
  • DLP Projection Technology
  • 1080p Resolution (1920 x 1080)
  • 20,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Laser Light Engine – Up to 20,000 Hours
  • 1.50:1 Manual Zoom Lens (+13% Vertical Lens Shift)
  • RGBY Color Wheel
  • 10-Watt Mono Speaker
  • 3D Ready
  • 360° Projection – Flexible Installation from All Angles
  • Portrait Mode – Projector Can Be Installed in a 90° Vertical Installation
  • Instant On – Turns on in 3 Seconds and Auto Selects HDMI or VGA Source
  • Instant Off – Auto Shut Down, No Cool Down Time
  • Wireless Connection via NovoConnect
  • Integrated network monitoring and management solutions (product certified) including Crestron® RoomView™, Extron, AMX SSDP and Telnet
  • Backlit Remote Control
  • Excellent Warranty – 5 Years Parts and Labor on Projector, 5 Years or up to 10,000 Hours on Light Source

Cons

  • Really Quiet Speakers – Only suitable for small to medium sized classrooms and conference rooms.
  • Loud Fan in Full Power – Overpowers speakers, use ECO Mode or external speakers to combat this.

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