Dukane ImagePro 8788
Brightness and Uniformity: The 8788 exceeded its brightness rating by about 20% with 2,640 ANSI lumens in Daytime mode. Normal mode delivered 2,350 lumens, Dynamic checked in at 1,815 lumens, and Cinema put up 1,405 lumens. Eco mode dropped brightness by 35% in all modes, but with that came a 6dB reduction in fan noise. Uniformity was a superb 90% with the center of the image slightly brighter than the surrounding areas.
Warranty Provisions: While the vast majority of XGA projectors offer warranties in the 1-3 year range, Dukane offers a 5-year warranty on the 8788 and a 90-day warranty on its 200-watt lamp. This longer warranty has a nice upside if repairs are needed after three years, and it could more than compensate for the slight price advantage a few competitors have over the 8788.
User Memories: Many projectors offer a user memory where you can store your favorite image settings. That usually does the trick if you do not share your projector with a many other users. If you do share widely, the other users will appreciate the 8788's four user memories where they can store their own favorite settings and get to them quickly.
On-Screen Menus: The 8788's on-screen menu system is divided into two categories. The Easy Menu lets you adjust several basic functions like aspect ratio, keystone correction, and preset picture mode. If you need to adjust brightness, contrast, sharpness and other more specific settings, you go to the Advanced menu with its eight sub-menus to make your adjustments. The menus are not deeply layered, and navigation is easy. The menu can be positioned in different screen locations, but it still covers a good bit of the image. Fortunately, several adjustments collapse to a single line at the bottom of the image to make viewing their effect easier.
Personalization: If you are going to be the primary user of the 8788, it offers several ways to personalize screen images and button functions. You can import your favorite image to use as a background instead of the usual blue screen, and you can assign names to various inputs (e.g., "Jim's Mac" in place of Computer). You can also assign special functions to the remote's two My Button keys.
My Button: It is convenient to be able to assign one of a variety of functions to each of the two My Button keys on the remote. For example, source information comes in handy while making adjustments, but we suggest assigning Picture Mode to one of them since this setting cannot be accessed while in the Advanced Picture menu.
Lamp Life: Lamp life in normal mode is 3,000 hours, but Eco mode extends lamp life to 4,000 hours while reducing fan noise. Replacement lamps are street-priced at about $180.
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