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Mitsubishi XD60U Projector

?Mini-Mits? packs a powerful punch By Charlie White

Mitsubishi XD60U Projector reviewWhen a box was delivered at the door here at the Midwest Test Facility, I thought it was a book from Amazon. Imagine my delight when I opened the small package, to reveal a projector that was no bigger than an everyday dictionary. Its the Mitsubishi Mini-Mits XD60U ($2500, about $1700 street), which is not the tiniest projector in the world, but it can certainly lay claim to being the most powerful small projector yet built. We ran this mighty mouse of projectors through our battery of tests and were pleased with the results. Heres our review.

Even though its diminutive size gave away its apparent mission, I could certainly tell this little dynamo was intended for road warriors as soon as I opened up its smart-looking carrying case. Electrical cables with plugs for outlets around the world are included in this comprehensive package, as well as a smart-looking credit card-sized remote. As I held the Mini-Mits in my hands, one word popped into my mind?a word I try not to use but couldnt resist?the little sucker was cute. If there were ever a time to use such a word, this was it. Its so tiny, it can even fit in a larger briefcase alongside your laptop?a hotshot companion to your notebook, allowing you to toss up huge, bright images for all to see wherever you go.

As I readied the projector for testing in our Midwest Test Facility theater, I unscrewed the two front feet to elevate the angle to where it would project onto our screen. Theres also one back foot that can be opened or closed to raise the back of the projector to your liking. In the back of the projector is a DVI input as well as Composite and S-Video inputs, giving you plenty of versatility when it comes to the variety of devices you might need to plug into it (see graphic below). Theres also an audio output so you can feed the sound from your computer out to an amplifier. I was also impressed with the USB port in the back, into which you can plug a remote mouse to control your computers cursor. Neat.

One cable I wish would have been supplied is a component cable that connects the DVI input in the back of the projector to the component outputs of a progressive scan DVD player or HD set-top box. Thats okay, though, because we have an appropriate cable here and used that for our testing. But I think if Mitsubishi is going to tout the fact that this projector is appropriate for HDTV viewing, the company should supply the proper connecting cables.

(Click graphic for enlargement) The Mini-Mits is a small projector that packs a powerful punch.

As soon as we had attached the included DVI cable to the VGA output of our test computer, a Dell Precision Workstation M60, it was time to fire up the Mini-Mits. The first thing I noticed as it revved up was that this little unit is not exactly quiet. Its not the loudest fan that weve heard in these parts, but it certainly could be quieter. It sounds about twice as loud as a projector weve gotten used to hearing a year-old NEC HT1000 projector which is too loud for my taste but is still within an acceptable range. The Mini-Mits, while much louder than that, is just barely soft enough to pass muster here, although keep in mind that all of us here are overly sensitive to fan noise. 

Taking the remote in hand, I noticed that the infrared spread on this tiny control is not wide enough or powerful enough. The remote only works if you point it exactly at the projector. Weve been spoiled around here with some of the extremely powerful remotes included with lots of projectors these days, and wish such a remote wouldve been included with the Mini-Mits. That said, you can do a lot with the remote. Many often-used functions are right there and accessible with a simple button push, such as the vertical digital keystone correction, which works quite well. I suppose there must be some sacrifices to this tiny size, because even at $2500 it would be nice to have corner control correction as well as the vertical digital keystone correction. Even so, the keystone controls do their job well, with the ability to narrow the top of the picture if your projector is at too low of an angle for a squared-away picture. It can also narrow the bottom of the frame if your angle of attack is too high.

Notice how small the projector is in my hand. At 7.6 inches wide x 1.6 inches high x 9.9 inches deep, it's not much bigger than a FireWire disk drive. It weighs 3.5 lb.

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