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Dell M900HD review

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Price when reviewed : £619
inc VAT

It's expensive, but this is a great portable projector if you want to project wirelessly


1,280×800 resolution, 900 ANSI lumens, 43x232x164mm, 1.6kg

The petite, Best Buy-winning Optoma ML550 is our favourite portable projector, but the Dell M900HD shows there’s still some merit in being slightly bigger and bulkier when it comes to lightweight office projectors. The M900HD’s LED lamp can produce a very bright 900 ANSI lumens, which is close to double the brightness of the Optoma ML550, and its huge lamp life of 30,000 hours provides great peace of mind. If using it on the move, remember to take its power adapter with you, as there’s no internal battery.

Dell M900HD

With such a strong lamp, we had no problem at all viewing PowerPoint presentations in our brightly lit test room. We were able to read black-on-white text and white-on-black text perfectly, although we had to strain our eyes slightly to read smaller text thanks to the limited focus ring round the lens.

Elsewhere, its 1,280×800 resolution looked great. Colours were bright, and we could even see a reasonable level of detail in our high contrast test photos. We’d still recommend turning the lights off if you want to present a lot of photos, but you should be able to leave the lights on for simple graphics such as graphs and charts.

The projector has a larger throw ratio than most pico projectors, so you’ll have to position it slightly further away from your projection surface to get a large image. Even so, we could display a diagonal of 71in from 7ft away, so you shouldn’t have a problem using it in most meeting rooms. There’s also a height-adjustable foot at the front of the projector to help you get the best angle.

Dell M900HD

Picture settings include Presentation, Bright, Movie, sRGB and Custom. While all five can technically be changed and altered to your liking, you’ll automatically be switched over to Custom as soon as you start adjusting the other four. This will erase any previous Custom setting you had, so we’d recommend sticking with Custom and only altering the settings when necessary.

There isn’t a lot of scope for tweaking the picture, though, as Advanced Settings only lets you change the brightness, contrast, colour temperature and white intensity. There are also options to use the 10x digital zoom, change the aspect ratio from its native 16:10 to 16:9 or 4:3, or turn off its auto-keystone correction. Just be aware that you won’t be able to access these settings if you’re projecting files stored on a USB drive, as pressing the menu button only brings you back to its internal multimedia browser.

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Price £619
Rating ****


Projector technology DLP
Lamp brightness 900 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 30,000
Lamp life in economy mode 30,000
Contrast ratio 700:1


Native resolution 1,280×800
Max compressed resolution 1,920×1,080
Aspect ratio 16:10
Other aspect ratios 16:9, 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 71in
Throw ratio 1.4:1
Optical zoom 0.0x
Projection distance 0.91m to 2.4m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 40%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes Presentation, Bright, Movie, sRGB, Custom


VGA input no
DVI input No
Composite input no
S-video input no
HDMI input yes
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output HDMI
Others inputs/outputs SD card slot


Noise (in normal use) 36dB(A)
Size 43x232x164mm
Weight 1.6kg
Internal speakers yes (3W mono)
Extras remote, cables (USB, power), carry case
Remote special features aspect ratio, colour mode, input select, freeze
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 142W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) N/A
Lamp supplier N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) N/A

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