When one thinks of projectors, they often visualize a bulky, ugly thing that lies bang in the centre of a conference room. However, one cannot blame them for visualizing such a thing, because for most parts, projectors do tend to look like this. So, when we get a projector that is just about the size of a MacBook Pro charger, we couldn’t wait to try it out. Countless brands have been launching mini-projectors, since a while now and their size seems to be shrinking further, steadily. A few mobile phones are available in the market that has these features, too. So does the Dell M110 make a worthwhile option for a projector? Read on to find out.
Design and Build Quality
This Dell M110 has been mainly designed with the needs of business professionals in mind, who are always on the go. The size of the projector, which at 105.3 x 104 x 36.5mm is rather small, allows one to easily carry it around in a laptop bag or even a ladies handbag for that matter. Apart from it being small, it is lightweight as well weighing just around 360g, further cementing our claim that it can be carried around without any hassles.
Maximum brightness at 300 lumens
It's exterior has a black glossy finish, which makes it suitable for most situations. With a black finish, one cannot usually go wrong as it fits in well in a conference room, while watching movies within the comforts of one's house or any other time. The fact that it’s glossy adds a fair amount of style, but if you’re a stickler for neatness, then the smudge marks caused by fingerprints may bother you. The controls for the projector are located at the top and they are denoted by a blue LED light. The lens focal adjustment is located at the top of the projector as well. These are the major design features found at the top panel of the projector. The lamp for the Dell M110 is located at the front towards the right.
Connectivity options for the projector are located on the rear and these include a slot for MicroSD card, HDMI port, 24-pin Universal I/O connector for analog RGB input, USB port for multimedia playback and AV-in. There are vents located on all sides of the projector, which help take care of cooling. Apart from this, the projector features in-built speakers as well. The build quality is pretty good and the feel is quite sturdy. There is nothing cheap looking about this projector at all and if dropped accidentally, it appears that it can come out on top.
The projector, in HDMI mode, outputs at a native WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800. This type of resolution is found mainly on laptops. While quite a few projectors output at 1080p nowadays, we are not complaining about this resolution, given the size of the M110. As for the brightness levels, Dell rates its M110 projector at 300 lumens with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1.
The interface of the projector is located at the centre of the screen and we were not too happy about this as it tends to interfere with the happenings onscreen. For other projectors, Dell has placed the OSD at the bottom of the page with the option of moving it to the top as well. However, with the Dell M110, we can change the location of the OSD as per our liking in the advanced settings for it to feature in any of the four corners or remain in the centre, which is its default.
Controls located at the top
The interface is pretty easy to navigate through with there being options for selecting the source, choosing the mode of viewing, volume levels of the in-built speakers, advanced settings, among others. The advanced settings are pretty detailed with the options for adjusting settings for image, display, projector, menu, power and information. Multimedia playback through a FAT32 drive is possible as well and it can read a range of video formats. However, when it comes to NTFS drives, this option is not possible. This limits our expansion capabilities to a fairly large extent. For a mini-projector, these are some pretty good features that have a lot of tweakable options.