It will certainly improve image contrast in a modestly-lit room where there may be a low-wattage side lamp, and where there are lighter colored walls, drapes, and furnishings that will produce low levels of reflected ambient light. So it does not have the natural clarity of the Da-lite Parallax or the DNP Supernova, but it is higher in contrast and deeper in black levels compared to either of them, so you get more image depth and snap with the Black Diamond in exchange for some occasional texture artifacts. In the first contrast test with side light only, the DarkStar 9 registered 20:1 compared to 17:1 for the Da-lite and 16:1 for the DNP. There are only three screens that exceed the Microlite’s viewing angle — the Da-lite Parallax, the DNP Supernova, and the Elite EVP DarkStar 9. But the Microlite Black Crystal 1.2 is brighter than all of them by at least 40%. So for any given installation, if you need the Epson 1440’s 2800 lumens to get the level of brightness you want on these competing screens, outdoor laser lights you could opt for a higher contrast 2000 lumen home theater projector and the Microlite Black Crystal to achieve the same image brightness.
The Black Diamond also has a marginally wider viewing angle than the Slate, and will likely be the more accommodating solution for many random ambient light situations. Unfortunately, those folks don’t have a flagship Android device to call their own, but Samsung is hopeful that its latest 4.3-inch beauty, the Galaxy S4 Mini, will at least suffice as a solid middle-tier option. Beyond these two unique performance elements, the PolarStar is a reasonably solid performer that does not stand out in any particular way. That’s the first thing I really missed here, as using a fingerprint to log in is way easier than using a password. Using the Firehawk, one has much more latitude in the vertical placement of the projector without worrying about a compromise of brightness or uniformity. Five screens in the group measured worse than this in the 15 to 18 degree range, but the Black Diamond clearly does not have the vertical latitude of the Stewart Firehawk at 40 degrees or the Draper MS1000X at 35. On the other hand, for many users this is the easiest limitation to work around. The Slate’s vertical half angle of 26 degrees was better than most, allowing a bit more latitude in the vertical placement of the projector vis a vis the audience.
Makes the specific window you’re working on more transparent or dark. We have worked with hundreds of businesses across the nation and have the expertise to help you integrate the right technology for your specific needs and bring your message to the masses. Whether you’re looking for a projector for a meeting room, a portable system for use in multi-purpose rooms, a state-of-the-art projection system for your main auditorium, the latest home theater technology or anything in between, we can help you create a system that is right for your needs and fits within your budget. It’s worth pointing out, however, that display technology has advanced since the introduction of the Galaxy Note, and the difference is plainly obvious when you compare the phone to newer contenders like the Galaxy S III and One X. While we’d previously marveled at the bright whites of the Note’s display, it appears somewhat murky with predominant yellow and blue tones when compared to newer, more advanced handsets. In early 2010, the Nexus One became the yardstick for all future Android handsets and, later that year, the launch vehicle for FroYo.
Either way, the unit comes supplied with an Android TV stick to tap into thousands of popular apps, including Netflix, HBO and Hulu. In this regard it is equally competitive with most of the ALR screens including the SI Black Diamond and the Stewart Firehawk. For all practical purposes you can view any of these screens from any angle without serious degradation of the image. Beyond the basic mode, you can tinker with shutter speeds, ISO, color balance and pretty much anything else. But beyond that, the DarkStar 9’s advantage in contrast grew when the ceiling floods were turned on — in that test the DarkStar9 didn’t lose much contrast at all, reading 17:1 by holding an excellent black level (second only to the SI Black Diamond in this test). With the ceiling floods added to the ambient light mix, the PolarStar measured 17:1 contrast which is middle of the pack in a range that ran from a low of 11:1 to a high of 22:1. So in the competitive mix it did quite well with ambient light from the side, but did not maintain its edge when overhead light was introduced.