We can’t think of a single other projector at anything like this point that offers the full BrilliantColor implementation – even the InFocus and Planar models we mentioned before.
Of course, this wouldn’t matter if BrilliantColor delivered only a small improvement to pictures. But our experience of it in the past has found that it radically boosts the saturations of DLP colours, as well as making the DLP colour palette seem wider and more natural. So here’s hoping that its strengths shine through even on a £1,600 machine.
Other key facts and figures about the D10 find a native resolution of 1,280 x 768 (you didn’t honestly expect full HD DLP at this price, did you?!), and a slightly disappointing claimed contrast ratio of 2,000:1 which kind of reinforces our worries about the projector’s DarkChip2 core.
Heading for the D10’s rear panel uncovers a capable set of connections, including separate DVI and HDMI digital inputs both capable of handling 1080p HD sources. There’s also the expected D-Sub PC port, a 12V trigger jack for kickstarting a motorised screen, plus USB and RS232 jacks for integrating the projector into a full home cinema system.
At this point the D10 starts to feel rather familiar. In fact, closer investigation reveals that it shares precisely the same rear panel layout and configuration as Planar’s PD7010 projector, another DarkChip2 model reviewed a few weeks ago. There’s nothing wrong with this per se; it’s common for many AV products to share a number of OEMed common parts. The only worrying thing in the D10’s case is that the ‘similar’ PD7010 only costs £1,100.
Still, let’s not get too caught up in this. Even if some elements of the D10 are bought in from other places, we have no doubt that SIM2 will have tinkered extensively with everything before launching the product. And the PD7010 we mentioned certainly does not feature a full BrilliantColor system, a fact which some might argue is enough in itself to account for the price difference.
The D10’s onscreen menu system – which also resembles that of the Planar PD7010 – makes handling the projector pretty easy thanks to the way it puts so much information on screen at once without becoming indigestible. It’s also got a fair amount of flexibility in terms of image zoom and keystone correction, making it pretty straightforward to adapt to even an awkward-shaped room.