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The Kodak V600 Zoom is one of the cheapest projectors available.
Low price usually means back-breaking weight – but not in this case. Even though it’s double the size and weight of the smallest projectors, it still weighs only 3.4Kg (7.5lbs). This makes it small enough to take to meetings – and it comes with a handy carrying case.
The projector market used to be split between big, bright boardroom-projectors and smaller – but dimmer – portables. This model bridges the gap.
Setting up the V600 is child’s play. Digital projectors often need tweaking – especially with text-heavy presentations. The analogue image from the computer needs to be converted to a digital picture. This doesn’t always go smoothly, but the V600 handles this easily, even if you switch resolution mid-presentation. Just about any resolution can be displayed, though for optimum results a 800-x-600-pixel resolution is best. This is the maximum natural resolution available, but if you switch to 1,280-x-1,024 pixels it will interpolate the image. This will affect text visibility, but it works fine on images. The V600 takes a couple of seconds to settle into a new resolution, but it’s much quicker than doing it manually.
The technology used to display the image is LCD-based. Most of the other models in the Kodak range use DLP (Digital Light Processor) chips. The DLP chips make smaller models possible because LCD projectors need three coloured-panels for the component colours. DLP-based projector are also less likely to fade in the corners, because the image is constructed by bouncing light off a chip. LCDs have a habit of fading over time, but the technology is getting better. Unfortunately, I haven’t got a spare five years to test the V600.
Min specs: A video-out connection.
There are many high-end projectors that will out-perform this model – such as Epson’s lightweight £2,299 EMP-500c. However, people and companies who don’t need to worry about money are few and far between.
Smaller models with similar abilities cost extra £2,500, making the Kodak V600 Zoom a very attractive proposition indeed.