3D Projector for Business and Education
3D Limitations. Now, not everything about the XD600U's 3D implementation is perfect. First of all, to engage 3D mode, you will need to dig down into the menu system: From the menu, click "Detailed Menu > Image > Advanced Menu > 3D Mode" and set it to "On." This will put the projector into its 3D mode, which again only works if you have it connected to a computer outputting 120Hz 3D content. This mode switches the projector into its "User" mode and locks the controls. So while the projector has a maximum lumen output of 4500 in its other modes, 3D content has a maximum lumen output of 2580. Effectively, this limits the size of the 3D image you can display. And if you plan on alternating between 2D and 3D content, you will need to manually switch 3D Mode on and off through the menu selection detailed above.
One other thing. We mentioned that 3D mode on the XD600U cuts lumen output rather drastically, but there are also the 3D glasses themselves to consider. Since the glasses operate through the action of an LCD shutter, they do cut light output significantly - about 70%. To the viewer's eyes, the picture appears to be about 775 lumens. There's an upside, though - the same shutter that cuts lumen output also deepens black levels, meaning the net result is an increase in contrast. With a bright projector like the XD600U, you still end up with enough light for a very enjoyable picture. On 3D projectors with much lower light output, this may not be the case.
Edge-to-edge Sharpness. Edge-to-edge sharpness was solid overall, but we did notice some unevenness when displaying a screen full of small text. When the top right corner of the projected image is in focus, our test unit shows some softness in the bottom left section. Unless you are using lots of small text or finely detailed images, this is not something you are likely to notice in everyday use. Most photographs and PowerPoint presentations did not suffer any degradation due to this slight flaw.
Brightness uniformity. While very bright, the XD600U has a brightness uniformity of about 75%. Specifically, on our test unit, the bottom right corner was brightest, while the top left was the least brilliant. The difference between them is enough that you notice it on a full-screen white pattern. However, most content is considerably more varied than a full-screen white test pattern. While viewing photographs, for example, the difference in illumination was not visible most of the time.
Mitsubishi's XD600U is a compact powerhouse of a projector. With a weight of less than eight pounds and 4500 ANSI lumens of brightness, it is a versatile, portable option for large-venue installation. Its 1.5:1 zoom lens makes it easy to install, and 3D capability goes a long way towards making it future-proof. Maintenance costs are kept low thanks to a filter-free design and long lamp life. Wired networking makes things simple for the folks in charge of maintenance, as well. All in all, the XD600U is a projector that is designed to deliver a great image for a reasonable price, both up-front and in the future. If you are looking for a versatile projector for a multi-unit installation in conference rooms or university classrooms, the XD600U may be just what you're looking for.
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