Dell 1100MP DLP Projector review: Dell 1100MP DLP Projector

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Good brightness; great contrast; very portable; reasonable price; handy remote; includes an extensive set of cables; impressive carrying case.

The Bad Small image size; long warm-up time; some color shifting; questionable lamp life.

The Bottom Line Clearly one of the best buys in the budget SVGA projector market, the Dell 1100MP offers good performance and great features.

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Dell 1100MP

The Dell 1100MP is the ideal multipurpose projector: bright enough for entertainment applications, light enough for business purposes, and extremely affordable. Although this stylish projector is one of the smallest in the budget class, it's also one of the best performers and, for less than $800, one of the best deals on the market.

This pint-size projector measures a mere 4 by 8 by 9 inches, about the size of a thick dictionary, and sports a sleek gray-and-silver design. The 1100MP is definitely light enough to take on the road, weighing only 4.9 pounds; with Dell's impressive selection of cables included, the 1100MP's travel weight is just less than 7 pounds. Only the Hitachi Performa CP-RS55 is lighter.

The 1100MP has a handy assortment of controls on its top panel. The power button is large and illuminated with a blue LED--a handy feature for use in dark rooms. Five other buttons, arranged in the shape of a cross, make it easy to navigate the projector's onscreen menu; quickly adjust digital keystone correction, which corrects distortion caused by tilting the projector; and switch between video sources, such as a laptop or an HDTV. The projector itself lacks volume controls, though the remote has them for the 1100MP's mediocre-sounding 2-watt speaker. The remote has all of the controls that are on the projector, as well as page-forward and page-back buttons for PowerPoint presentations. The projector's back accommodates a fairly extensive row of ports and connections, including VGA in and out, S-Video, USB 2.0, audio in and out, and an IR receiver. You'll find an impressive assortment of cables in the box, including a long, 10-foot AC cord and cables for VGA, S-Video, and USB; there's also two audio cables and video cables, which most projectors do not come with. Most of the cables have a Velcro strap for neater storage.

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Dell 1100MP DLP Projector

Part Number: 1100SCN Released: Mar 1, 2005
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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Mar 1, 2005
  • Type DLP projector
  • Native Resolution 800 x 600
  • Weight 4.9 lbs
  • Image Brightness 1400 lumens
  • Image Contrast Ratio 2100:1