The compact, 0.9kg Samsung SP-P410M is a stylish ultraportable projector.
This Samsung SP-P410M projector has the same stylish design as its predecessor, the Samsung P400M - including its curvy, round edges and glossy black finish - and it offers an 800 by 600 (SVGA) resolution and a 30,000-hour lifetime for its LED light source.
The Samsung SP-P410M's features include a media player (via its integrated USB reader slot) for running slideshows, photos, videos, and music from a USB flash drive or other portable storage device, a remote control that sports media player buttons, and a brightness rating of 170 lumens (up from the previous model's 150 lumens). It also has a pair of twin 1.0-watt mono speakers that sounded better than most of the other projector speakers in the group.
In image-quality tests, the Samsung SP-P410M earned a rating of Good for its overall performance. Among the seven ultraportable projectors we've tested recently (four lamp-based and three LED-based), it landed in third place on text, fourth on graphics, and fifth on motion and video tests.
Although the Samsung SP-P410M displayed legible lettering in most tests, its moderately low brightness made reading small, light-coloured text on dark backgrounds more difficult.
In a PowerPoint slide, for example, a white footnote wasn't as easy to read with the Samsung SP-P410M as it was when we used brighter projectors.
In graphics tests, the Samsung SP-P410M turned in mixed performance: In some images it displayed oversaturated colours, such as skintones that looked redder and grass that seemed greener than in the originals, while in others it rendered gorgeous colours, including bright autumn leaves, golden yellow sunflowers, and lush turquoise-blue water.
In DVD-playback tests, the Samsung SP-P410M's knack for rich, vivid colours also deliveredmixed results. It excelled in capturing the vivid colours prominently used in Speed Racer, but it was less successful in rendering the gritty earth tones andmuted colours in Quantum of Solace. Even when we switched to different preset display modes, the SP-P410M continued to show more colour saturation than was usually present in the original image.
The Samsung SP-P410M's most impressive feature is its built-in USB reader port, which gives it the ability to act as a stand-alone projector without a PC attached. In testing this feature, we found the SP-P410M impressive in its ability to playmedia from a USB flash drive.
The Samsung SP-P410M did well at displaying PowerPoint slides, although it can show slides only as still images, with no animation or special effects (such as flying text bullets).
The Samsung SP-P410M has a single tilt-adjustment screw for lifting the projector's light beam to reach the screen, plus a tripodmount for more-flexible positioning. Inputs include VGA, composite video, and audio, but you get no S-Video or HDMI port.
The unit's fixed-focal-length lens (no zoom) is easy to focus, but its touch-sensitive control panel is small and slightly awkward to use. Fortunately, the remote is a breeze to use, so you can bypass touching the control panel altogether. The on-screen display isn't as extensive as those on largermodels, but it includes six preset display modes and has all of the basic options you need to adjust the image and use the media player.
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