The Good Small and light; excellent brightness and image uniformity; CompactFlash reader; customizable start-up logo; three-year warranty; fast start-up and shutdown.
The Bad Pricey; runs hot; remote control lacks laser and mouse function; light leakage from front.
The Bottom Line The XD50U's superior image quality and design are well worth its price, but if you're on a budget, consider Dell's 3200MP.
Mitsubishi dazzles its customers and competitors alike with the XD50U DLP projector, our Editors' Choice. This 3.4-pound, XGA device can fill a screen full of bright, colorful, and sharp images equaling those of projectors that cost and weigh twice as much. The multitude of thoughtful touches include a CompactFlash card reader and the ability to project your company logo upon start-up, a unique feature in this price range. While some competitors outdo the XD50U on one point or another, no other projector puts it all together so well. If you don't want to pay the XD50U's high price, is much less expensive and almost as good. Mitsubishi, a longtime maker of large video and data projectors, thinks small with its XD50U. One of the smallest and lightest projectors we've tested, it rivals a hardback book's size--measuring 7.5 by 9.4 by 2.1 inches (W, D, H) and weighing a mere 3.4 pounds. Even with a complement of basic cables and its tiny remote control, it has a travel weight of only 4.4 pounds.