And though the 3400MP isn’t well endowed on the connectivity front it does tick some pretty big boxes. There are both S-video and composite inputs (one up on the LP120’s solitary composite input). Component video input is offered via the extended DVI socket, or M1-DA as projector companies call it these days, which means the 3400MP is capable of supporting HDTV signals of up to 1080i resolution using the optional component video adaptor (£14.81 inc VAT).
So what do you pay for all of these goodies? You might be justifiably expecting to pay a whopping great price premium. Good build quality, design and specifications after all don’t normally come cheap when they’re all combined together in one package. But here the asking price is rather less than you might expect. At just £1,056 and £234 for replacement bulb modules (both prices include VAT) the diddy Dell is something of a bargain. The cheapest price for the LP120 we could find at the time of writing was £1,292, the bulbs are more expensive, and don’t last as long either.
In simple terms, Dell’s 3400MP does everything better than the best compact projector around without sacrificing too much in terms of weight and portability. In practical terms, what you get is a machine with better looks, better optics, a brighter picture, a nicer accessory pack complete with James Bond-style briefcase, plus bulbs that last longer and cost less. All of which makes for a very pleasant surprise and a perfect tool for watching reruns of that glorious Ashes victory…