Meet Dell’s New Native 4K HDR S718QL Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector
Juan Carlos Ropel, June 24, 2017
Dell has recently unveiled its Advanced 4K Laser Projector (S718QL), with true 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR compatibility. The company claims this is “the world’s first high-brightness 4K Ultra HD ultra-short throw laser projector”.
The Advanced 4K Laser Projector can project a 100” UHD image at a 4-inch distance away from a wall. At a 9-inch distance it creates its largest possible image of 130 inches (measured diagonally), and given the short throw design of this device, using the S718QL in even a compact room still frees up lots of space in which viewers can use.
The native 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840×2160) delivers an 8.3 million pixel output across those 100/130- inches of screen space. That’s right, from what we know so far this is indeed a native 4K UHD model, meaning that it offers a nice bit of genuine competition to the few other genuine (as opposed to simulated 4K UHD) 4K home theater projectors on sale today, such as Sony’s VPL-VW models. According to the S718QL’s specs sheet, its powerful laser can produce up to 5,000 lumens, which is great for HDR and bright enough to be visible almost anywhere. It supports up to a 120 Hz refresh rate and has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio in high contrast mode, and a 1,300:1 typical contrast ratio that is itself not so bad for a projector. Dell is in fact so confident of this model’s ability to produce extremely high HDR contrast levels and brightness that they claim it can perform well even in bright space conditions. This is something we’d love to verify soon.
One of the most interesting features that places the S718QL apart from other projectors is its low-maintenance laser technology. The laser engine is rated for 10 years of life based on an 8 hour workday, eliminating the need for downtime and hefty additional costs (projector lamps can easily cost over $100) due to lamp replacements. Because it’s a laser projector, this means it should last longer than a typical lamp-based projector since there’s no bulb that will need changing in a few years.
The Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector allows presenters to connect using a local Ethernet network or wirelessly and receive up to four different inputs simultaneously. The projector can accept video signals from up to three HDMI inputs, although only one of those is HDMI 2.0 HDR compatible. It also comes with 3x USB, 1x VGA, 1x Optical out and a 1x 3.5mm audio input.
Dell’s Advanced 4K Laser Projector is designed for conference rooms, classrooms, and almost anywhere in daylight conditions with no heavy curtains required, but we are sure that many people would particularly love trying this device out in their living-rooms as a home-theater system with theatrical darkness to really ramp up the vibrancy of the S718QL’s HDR display specs.….
The Dell S718QL projector will be available on July 19 on Dell.com, in the U.S. starting at $5,999.
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