Dukane ImagePro 8788
Connections: Even though the 8788 can handle computer and component video signals, it cannot do so without changing cables. It also requires a special cable (not supplied) to convert the three component video RCA connectors to a VGA connector compatible with the projector's input.
Image Size and Position: The centerline of the lens is 9" above the bottom of the image for a 100" image at a 4:3 aspect ratio. For cart or tabletop mounting, you will probably need to raise the image by tilting the 8788 upward by extending the front elevator feet on either side of the chassis. These feet operate independently, so they can also be used to level the projector horizontally. There is ±30° of vertical keystone correction available.
Placement Flexibility: The 8788's 1.2:1 zoom lens gives you limited throw distance options for a particular image size. For example, if you want a 100" diagonal image, the projector must be placed between 10 and 12 feet from the screen.
No Digital Input: If you are a fan of digital data or video material, you will find no way to accommodate it on the 8788 . . . there is no HDMI port to handle digital inputs from certain laptops and most DVD players.
Audio Quality: The 8788's 1-watt speaker cannot fill a room with sound and external amplification may be called for, but its clarity is good with no buzz or rattle even at the maximum volume setting.
Dukane's 8788 lacks a couple of features such as a digital input and hefty speaker volume, but it makes up for those limitations with excellent data and video performance. We have not seen many projectors that came out of the box and put up such high quality images. In particular, the Cinema preset had outstanding color balance and naturalness, and it was a good choice for both data and video content. Your audience will be similarly impressed.
The 8788 is equally at home in classrooms or conference rooms, and its 5-year warranty is the jewel in its crown. Of the 56 XGA projectors in our database that have specifications comparable to the 8788, 54 of them offer warranties of three year or less. It is not uncommon for projectors to need repairs in their fourth or fifth year of operation, but that will be a no charge event for the 8788. There are other bright XGA projectors that are priced a little lower than the 8788, but its 5-year warranty can make up that difference in a hurry.
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