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The Dell M109S On-the-Go mini projector is a reliable product. Though it doesn't have anything out of the ordinary when it comes to the picture quality or features, you won't have to worry about lugging a variety of cables around, so long as you don't mind only using a Dell-specified cable. This mini projector is one that you will find useful, but doesn't have the option of using a battery or remote.
The picture quality of this mini projector is about average across the board. It comes with SVGA 858 x 600 resolution. The brightness is decent at 50 ANSI lumens, but with an image size of only 15 to 60 inches. We were hoping for something a bit larger, but this is still a fairly good size. The aspect ratio is 4:3 and the contrast ratio is only 800:1; on other products 2000:1 is common. We were hoping for something with a little more pizzazz from a company like Dell, but all-in-all these are functional specifications – you just have to make sure the room is fairly dark and the audience is relatively close.
There is only one port on this mini projector, but the cable that comes with the device enables both a VGA and composite A/V input. While we are glad that there are two options for connecting devices to the pocket projector, it was a little bothersome that the actual port requires a Dell-specific cable to even power the unit. Additionally, you'll always have to have the cable with you because this unit doesn't come with a battery.
The features on this product are limited. The lamp life is the lowest we've seen on a mini projector – only 10,000 hours – but it is still better than larger projectors of the same projection type. There is no built in speaker, internal memory or option to use an SD card. You do have the option of assigning a password to keep your presentations safe and secure. It is still really small at 3.6 x 4.1 x 1.5 inches and it only weighs 0.8 pounds. It's a little too big to fit in a pocket, but it's still small enough to easily slide into your laptop case or briefcase.
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This mini projector is fairly straightforward enough to use. All of the buttons on top of the unit are well organized and easy to figure out; the only problem is that there is no remote, so it is impossible to control it unless you are standing right next to it. Another small concern is that not all of the buttons are lit, so when you are in a dark room it can be difficult to see which button you need to press. The manual focus is really convenient to use, but we would have also liked something that could tilt the projector. Overall, the portable projector was simple to figure out.
The Dell M109S On-the-Go mini projector definitely does its job well, though it doesn't have as many features as some of the other products in our lineup. While the picture quality is only average, you might find the password protection and single cable useful when using this mini projector for your next presentation.