The Dell M110 projector is designed to be used by business professionals on the move, and apart from its size the device has a few features that make it an attractive purchase.
We wouldn't go so far as to say the M110 was a pico-projector as it has dimension of 104x105x 37mm and weighs 360g. This means it is not as small as devices such as the smartphone-like Acer C20.
The cubic shape of the M110 means that it is not really designed to be placed in a pocket but it is compact and lightweight enough to be easily be slipped into a bag or carried around all-day in the nifty little carry case supplied.
The design is excellent, and the device is likely to attract admiration when whipped out for a presentation.
The controls located on the top of the device are easy to use. Users can quickly adjust focus and keystone settings with the focus tab and arrow keys. There is a button specifically for settings, so features such as brightness, colour and aspect ratio can be altered quickly. On the bottom is a little wheel that allows users to place the device at an angle.
Brightness is impressive
The specifications of the M110 are more than reasonable. The projector comes with a 300 Lumens LED lamp, 1280x800 native resolution and provides a picture size of up to 80ins. This makes it very similar to the ViewSonic PLED-W500, and although the Dell's lamp is 200 Lumens less brightness, it is far more portable.
As with most LED projectors Dell quotes 20,000 hours of life for the lamp so it is unlikely to need to be replaced during the lifetime of the product. We found the projector to be more than adequate for viewing documents and watching videos in low-lit environments.
Projected images are vibrant and have good colour replication, compared to some pico projectors, which display washed out images and video. Of course the quality is not going live up to the projectors with 2000-3000 Lumens lenses, but this is the trade-off that has to be made for portability.
Image projected in darkened room
Image projected in brightly lit room
The projector is best used in with the lights off or room with ambient lighting. The device doesn't fair so well in brightly lit rooms and we found that images appeared faint.
As the M110 uses a DLP chip, there is a mechanical spinning colour wheel inside the projector that makes it susceptible the "rainbow effect." This is where users may see flashes of red, blue and green when there are fast moving bright objects displayed, usually on a black background. Although this doesn't ruin the experience, it is something to bear in mind.