Ah sweetness! Projector prices are finally dropping to a level where we won't have to do anything illegal to be able to afford one. But the thing with projectors is that it's not always the cost that prevents us all from having a home theater, but the cost that comes along with it. Things like a good projection surface, an external sound system, air conditioning to prevent the bulb from over heating after long hours and the most important part—the right lighting. Not everyone can live with stumbling around in a dark room just because the "TV" is on.
The point is, that besides the cost itself, it takes a lot of tender loving care to be able to effectively handle a projector at home.
That's why these babies are usually found only in your local pubs and boardrooms, where people are not so uptight about the kind of quality in terms of contrast ratio, black levels, clarity etc. just as long as everyone in the room can make out what's going on.
The BenQ MP611c DLP projector may be available at a budget price of Rs. 53,000, but it definitely doesn't look like one. It's 10.9x3.7x8.7 inch size makes it considerably small in size and the 2.68kg weight is not too heavy to carry either. It's top portion has the shiny plastic finish like the PS3 and just about every consumer electronic these days.
The top section also has all the controls like power, directional buttons, menu, source etc. along with three light indicators for Power, Temperature and Lamp.
The MP611c supports a native resolution of 800x600 (SVGA) and a maximum resolution of 1280x1024 (SXGA), which means that it's best for standard definition resolution when it comes to video formats. It has composite and s-video inputs, so you can directly plug-in your DVD player or your digital cable TV connection.
There are quite a few features that I really liked about the projector. It had a pretty good start-up time at under 30 seconds and an equally impressive shutdown time which was close to 40 seconds. The performance was very silent, with no fan noise even in a completely quiet environment.
Having a easily navigable menu system was another plus point for the MP611c. All the options were easily accessible, which made the initial setup a breeze. The zoom and focus functionality was found on the same ring that encapsulates the projection lens, which was, once again, convenient to use. The thing is that the MP611c was extremely easy to set up thanks to its easy accessibility.
I selected VGA input to play movies on the MP611c, primarily because compared to composite and S-Video (my other alternatives), the VGA input would give me the purest quality, and sure enough, the image was, to an extent, impressive. The black levels were considerably deep but though colors stood out pretty well they lacked a certain vibrance in parts that required it. Don't get me wrong, the image quality wasn't dull, but when you're pampered with the kind of lively colors from flat panel TVs these days, these drawbacks do stand out a bit more.
The parts that were supposed to be vibrant in fact gave a burned out, high contrast kind of an effect, which was especially visible in animated movies and videogames.
Besides these gripes, there wasn't much worth complaining about in the MP611c. It's suitable for just about any environment, thanks to its bright 2100 ANSI Lumens bulb, 2000:1 contrast ratio, and the (relatively) quick startup and shutdown times. Of course, at its price of Rs. 53,000 (plus taxes), you can probably hook up with an HDTV, but if size matters more than the resolution then this one's a great option.
||2100 ANSI Lumens|
|Native Resolution||800x600 (SVGA)|
||16.7 Million Colors|
|Lamp Life||3000 hrs (Standard)
4000 hrs (ECO)
|Projection Size||31 ~ 300 in|
|Features||Power on/off tone
Panel key lock
Freeze Blank (ECO mode)
Auto off Quick cooling
Auto source detection
"Q?" hot key for FAQ
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