Casio XJ-A245 Ultra Slim Portable Projector Review
Casio have released a new set of projectors with a few kew differences in the range:
||Standard PC Connection
||PC-Free & Wireless
The Casio XJ-A245 is the PC-Free and wireless version of the XJ-A240. Casio have specialised in ultra slim projectors for quite a while now and they have pushed the boundaries yet again with the new green slim series offering unprecedented lamp life and setting a new benchmark for running costs.
The XJ-A245 is using a new lighting system replacing the older mercury based lamps with a laser LED hybrid lighting system boasting a massive 20,000 hour lamp life. The new light source also offers a quicker warm up time with full brightness available within seconds and an instant shut off function eliminating cool down times.
Casio Australia has also backed it with an unprecedented 3 year warranty on projector and lamp. They have though stipulated light source warranty is up to 6000 hours but just this warranty period is about twice as much life as you could get from a standard mercury lamp.
The XJ-A245 isn't just a long lamp life it is also incredibly thin making it perfect for portable projection. It could easily slot into a laptop bag of brief case which is a great feature for air travel where they are limiting individual carry on bags. It features an upgraded WXGA resolution so will be fine with detailed presentations and small text with the ability to show widescreen content like training video's and movies in full screen. As an added bonus it will match up with most laptops and computers which have been going widescreen for some years now making it easier to setup. A good contrast level at 1800:1 so would be fine with the odd movie or training video.
Some of our favorite features from the older model have stayed with motorised focus and zoom allowing for adjustments to be made from the remote. An automated keystone correction saving a bit of setup time and a 2x optical zoom lens giving you plenty of adjustment for small rooms or larger ones.
When it comes to inputs they have added a HDMI making it easier to connect with some of the newer laptops featuring that connection but they have kept the VGA for older laptops and composite to plug into Video/DVD players.
The casio XJ-A245 is the exact same unit but with an adition on a USB port. This port allows you to use it with a wireless laptop (not mac compatible) without having to run a cable to the projector. This is especially handy for still image presetations powerpoint Jpeg images and spread sheets but won't work too well with video due to the low frame rate of wireless. The PC-Free presentation feature allows you to present JPEG picture files or AVI video without a laptop. You can even use PC Free for Powerpoint presentations (after a little bit of formating with the Casio software, not mac compatible) perfect for repetetive presentations when you can set up a few presentations on a USB memory stick and present strait from the projector. The formatting makes the presentation into sill images so animations and sounds get discarded but it comes out looking like a PowerPoint presentation and you don't need to bring along the 3kg of laptop.
The brightness on the XJ-A245 is decent at 2500 lumens so will be fine in the average office as long as there isn't a huge amount of natural light. For heavily lit rooms (lots of windows & sunlight) i'd go for the Epson EB-1735W.
All in all the ultra slim Casio range is well made feature packed and easy to use. The lamp life is revolutionary and though the 2.3kg weight is about 500grams more than some competitors like Epson the slim design is a sure winner.
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