Best form factor in review, good video displayCons:
Sub-par handling of fine images and textPrice:
The Xd80 is not quite the lightest DLP in the review, but it does offer the best form factor. Just 7.3 inches long and 6.9 inches wide, you can nearly slip it into your jacket pocket. It can easily share a notebook bag with your computer, though it comes with its own miniature carrying case anyway. And at 2.9 pounds, it's not at all heavy.
At the center of our test image, we recorded a decent-but-not-spectacular 725-lumen light beam. This dropped off to 680 lumens at the corners. Although our light meter could detect this, the stable image looked uniform to the naked eye.
In our tests, the Xd80 showed great color registration accuracy, meaning it could display video and moving images very well. However it was not as good with static images. Text was difficult to read under 12-point size, and detailed colored images tended to be washed out. That said, other than very light images, color accuracy was good, meaning if you standardize on the Xd80, you need to make sure your PowerPoint graphics consist of strong colors.
Here's a nice feature: The Xd80's lens cover, a part that always ends up missing with most projectors, stays put; it's attached to the lens itself. You simply turn the cap to the side and it pops open, like the shutter on a camera. The cap itself is thick and easily protects the lens. And it won't go rolling away in the dark.
As a highly portable projector, the Xd80 is a good choice. It's well optimized for video, but when it comes to making standard presentations in a variety of settings, the unit doesn't offer optimal bang for your buck.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Inc., Irving, Calif., (888) 307-0308, www.mitsubishi-presentations.com