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Mitsubishi XD600U Projector Mitsubishi XD600U
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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:2,000:1
Lumens:4500
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Color Wheel:5 segments
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$349.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In (x2), HDMI, Network, Audio Out, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 525i, 525p, 576i, 576p, 625i, 625p, 1125i

Mitsubishi XD600U
3D Projector for Business and Education

Bill Livolsi, January 7, 2010

Limitations

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.

Conclusion

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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Comments (13) Post a Comment
Pat Boyle Posted Jan 8, 2010 1:51 PM PST
I went to see Avatar this week. I had seen Beowolf a year or two ago. Those are the only two movies that have tempted out from my Home Theater in a long time.

Beowolf was very dim in the theater. I attributed that to the 3D technology. I was a little early for Avatar so I caught ten minutes of 2D Sherlock Holmes. I was shocked at how fuzzy and dark the image was. It was so dim that I felt that my eyes were working extra hard. Avatar was also rather dim as I had expected. I think the current crop of popular HT 1080 projectors are simply not bright enough for 3D. But something like this machine seems to make sense. What does this do to the LED illumination we have been waiting for for so long?

DLP seems to be roaring back with LED DLPs in our cell phones and 3D projectors in our homes for games and soon movies.
Wyatt Posted Jan 8, 2010 4:50 PM PST
Is there anything specific about DLP that makes it more accessible to 3D than LCD?
Daniele Milani Posted Jan 10, 2010 1:56 AM PST
Happy New Ye10! Thank-you v.m. for Your clarity. Very interesting. Are there others reviews,about 3D-ready projectors,i.e.Lightspeed ?

Best regards. dm
M van der Sluis Posted Jan 11, 2010 6:33 AM PST
This is exciting to see. 3D projector reviews. Fuji has the 3DW1 Compactcamera and it can also take movies in 3D. So for the consumer, there is a way to make photo's and movies in 3D yourself. They also have the 3DV1 which is a 8"screen where you can see the material in 3D without glasses, so that is also possible. But using a beamer gives the ultimate experience like 3D Imax Avatar.

Looking forward to the rest.
Patricio Vidal Posted Jan 12, 2010 9:35 PM PST
This is an excellent projector: bright, great colors, and almost silent. My only disappointment was that it is not supported by the NVIDIA 3D Vision glasses so I can not use it to play 3D games yet.
James Posted Mar 3, 2010 3:24 PM PST
I picked one of these up with a bundle from aspenmediaproducts.com, it came with 2 pair of lcd glasses and the computer with all the software needed. Very cool, I got 3D in my theater ;)
jorge runciman Posted Jun 29, 2010 11:13 AM PST
Desearia la direccion de una tienda en Los Angeles, para una demostracion,teniendo un Blu Ray 3D, para proyectar DVDs.

Thank.

Google Translation: I wish the direction of a store in Los Angeles, for a demonstration, having a Blu Ray 3D, to project DVDs.
Loken sang Posted Jan 5, 2011 11:56 PM PST
The projection screen contains uncountable tiny black dots which are clearly visible but not ignorable.

model mitsubishi 520U
Kaley Posted Oct 4, 2011 6:52 AM PST
Does this projector have to be used in 3D? Or is there an equivalent non-3D model? I am really looking for a projector with superior picture quality and accurate colors.
Mike V. Posted Dec 13, 2011 5:20 PM PST
Can this projector take in the audio signal within the HDMI and then output with the 1/8" audio output onto an external receiver?
RDM Posted Dec 23, 2011 8:07 AM PST
You made a comment @needing a beefy video card. Can a Dell Optiplex 760 Drive this projector adequately? Also, can it be mounted overhead?

Thanks and regards
agenildo Posted Apr 25, 2012 10:26 AM PST
Preciso saber se ele precisa de uma placa para funcionar o 3D, pois n esta confirmando isso, quem tem sabe

Partial Google tranlation: Need to know if it needs a 3D card to work.
Charlie Comstock Posted Mar 10, 2016 12:47 PM PST
What type of screen is required if one is viewing a 3D movie? Can I wear my standard polarized glasses to successfully view the 3D effects.

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