Dell has just released their newest product to come off of their projector line, the S300w. The S330w was designed primarily with presentations in mind though it does work well in classroom settings as well as in home theaters. The S300w is an all around well developed projector with a pretty nice spec sheet and some cool features.
First of all, the S300w is completely wireless. This gives a greater sense of flexibility and mobility than you have with most other projectors creating less of a hassle when you want to use it. To add even more flexibility, Dell has included what they call a Plug-and-Show via USB ability which provides direct and hassle free projection through a USB flash drive plugged into your PC.
The S300w is capable of eliminating shadows on the presentation screen while the speaker is between the projector and the screen and is ideal for short-throw distances. The S300w produces 2200 ANSI lumens (max) brightness as well as a high 2400:1 typical (full on/full off) contrast ratio. A WXGA (1280x800) native resolution with a native 16:10 aspect ratio gives you a greater picture quality with over 30% more pixels than XGA (1024x768). Also tacked on to the S300w is high-definition 720p. The device can also project a 90-inch image from three feet away as well as a 60-inch image from two feet away.
To further the image quality Dell has added DLP and BrilliantColor technology to boost the picture for increased reliability. With the S300w you will also get Crestron RoomView Express for free. Crestron RoomView Express gives administrators and support staff the ability to perform remote system diagnostics, monitor lamp life, log network activity and even automate tasks through event scheduling.
The wireless capabilities of the S300w are also top notch. The S300w has standard 4-to-1 split screen projection which allows the device to project up to four different user screens simultaneously. This allows real-time side-by-side comparisons which can come in handy in more ways than one. The S300w can also wirelessly connect to as many as 20 different PCs at the same time, allowing people from various locations to communicate and present their ideas simultaneously.
A Conference-Control function has been implemented into S300w. This allows a moderator or conference leader to control and streamline presentations through a web-based control page. The S300w also offers multiple connectivity options which enhances multimedia presentations. This comes with an HDMI connector, microphone port and dual VGA connections which enable seamless transitions between presenters. RJ-45 gives the user network manageability including power management, updating firmware, checking status, receiving email alerts and much much more.
The coolest feature included into the S300w is the option of making your projector 3D capable. While not standard, the S300w is capable of adapting to 3D, allowing you the chance to get all those new 3D Blu-ray movies coming out soon.
The S300w is EuP compliant and consumes less than 1 watt of electricity in standby mode and has a lamp life of up to 5000 hours. Password protection as well as a security-cable slot help guard against any unauthorized access. Dell also adds a 2-year limited hardware warranty as well as a 2-year Advanced Exchange Service and an optional limited hardware warranty Accidental Damage Service.
Overall the S300w is a very good short-throw projector. It has a ton of features that make it perfect for classroom and meeting presentations and it comes with some great home theater options. The fully customizable S300w is available now for $999.