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Dukane ImagePro 8788 Classroom Projector

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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 5.0 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:5 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In
Video Formats:  480i, 480p,

Dukane's new 8788 XGA projector serves up a nice surprise in the brightness department. It is rated at 2,200 ANSI lumens, and that is just what you get when watching 16:10 format material such as movies or wide spreadsheets. But if you switch to the native 4:3 aspect ratio, brightness jumps to 2,640 lumens, and that can make a difference in a room with limited ambient light control. Billed as a classroom projector, the 8788 serves the conference room just as well with excellent graphics and better-than-average video.

In classrooms, where projectors can get rougher than usual treatment, one key attribute to look for is the warranty period. There are precious few companies that back their projectors with a five-year warranty, but Dukane has enough confidence in the durability of the 8788 to offer one. Also, as an LCD projector, the 8788 is not subject to distracting color wheel rainbow effects that some viewers are sensitive to. As an added bonus, the street price of the 5-pound 8788 is in the $650 range which makes it a good value for the budget conscious.


Image Quality: Projectors designed for the classroom normally have pretty good data images while falling short in their video capabilities, but the Dukane 8788 is an exception. Data images are crisp and saturated, photos are impactful, and small font spreadsheets are readable even with maximum keystone correction. There were no color variations in white backgrounds, and edge-to-edge focus was excellent. You will not be disappointed with any aspect of data projection, and the video performance is every bit as good.

Even with a relatively low contrast ratio of 500:1, the 8788 rendered highlights and black levels better than most classroom data projectors. Movies scenes had excellent color balance, and Cinema mode produced natural skin tones with no adjustments needed. In fact, neither brightness, contrast, nor color temperature needed tweaking to put up a satisfying video image.

Preset modes: There are four color presentation modes (Daytime, Normal, Dynamic, and Cinema) as well as blackboard, greenboard, and whiteboard settings. The color temperature and gamma settings for these presets are spot on for their particular applications. Unlike most low-cost projectors, the 8788 has four customizable settings for storing your favorite image adjustments.

Auto Source Search: The 8788 makes it easy to find sources when you cannot recall which inputs are active. On power up, it searches all inputs and selects the first active connection it finds. When the Search key is pushed on the remote, it begins searching and selects the next active connection.

Fan noise: In normal mode, fan noise is in the middle and lower frequencies so it is not particularly distracting. In Eco mode, fan noise drops to 29dB and will not be an issue even for those seated close to the projector. However, Eco mode drops brightness by about 35%, so you will have to experiment to see if you can get the image brightness you want along with reduced fan noise.

Remote Control: Remote control key functions are clearly labeled, but in a darkened room, discerning what key does what can be a test. Fortunately, relevant functions are grouped together, and the menu navigation cluster is separate from the function keys, so locating and using them becomes second nature in a short time.

Maintenance: Lamp replacement is made through the top of the projector, so it can be done easily even if the 8788 is ceiling mounted. Like most LCD projectors, the 8788 has an air filter that needs occasional cleaning with a small vacuum cleaner. The good news is that the filter can be replaced quickly if it becomes worn.

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