Most "data" uses are not very exacting: put a picture on the wall so that we can read it, don't worry very much about color, contrast, etc. Brightness is the only criterion.
I use my machine (an old Infocus LP400) for HT in my living room and also for business presentations. When I use it for HT, I am very thoughtful about how it is set up and adjusted.
When I go to an office to set up for business, I generally don't have the luxury of even a screen onto which to project it. I was in the office of a major publisher in NYC last week, and projected onto a brownish-colored wall; the folks said, "We always use it, its fine."
I would suggest that you buy for HT use and then argue that it will meet your data needs as well.
Sorry, but how good is this projector really? Could I use a 120 inch screen and get a decent quality HD image? I am really green on this subject and I have a pretty new HD monitor right now, but like a lot of other people I am wishing I had gone bigger. I end up sitting about 4 feet from my TV right now just so I can wonder at the detail that HD offers. Any advice would be great. The two grand sounds about right. Can anyone offer up a comparably priced projector that would outperform this one?
The Dell Projector does not have a standard DVI input, it has a P&D input, also called a M1-DA for your analog/digital/component/HDTV signal. The projector does come with cables so that if you want to this output directly to component or VGA you can. I have this projector and it is very nice for both DVD and HD quality. The only problem I have with it now is wanting dual imputs through the M1-DA, see the following posts:
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