Canon LE-5W WH
Portable LED Projector Review
August 2, 2013
Presets. The LE-5 has four preset modes: Presentation, Standard, sRGB, and Movie whose characteristics change based on the nature of the projected material. These presets are not particularly well configured, but there is also one User mode where adjustments for contrast, brightness, and color temperature may be made. If composite video is projected, saturation, tint, and sharpness may also be adjusted. Best video images are achieved in User mode using sRGB as a reference setting.
Connectivity. This is a strong suit for the LE-5. In addition to PC, HDMI, and composite video inputs, it also has USB Type A and B connectors as well as an SD card slot. This connector complement handles thumb drives
USB Functionality. The LE-5 offers two USB functions that can make cabling between a computer and the projector simpler and that can transfer files to the LE5's internal 1.5GB memory. In USB streaming mode (Windows only), the computer's screen image can be displayed by the projector via a USB cable rather than the bulkier VGA cable. File transfers from Macs or PC can also be accommodated for computer-free projection. File transfer software is included.
Multimedia Inputs. From the Home menu, you can select a variety of sources: internal memory, USB streaming, and SD card. In each environment, you can select the mode of playback for photos (JPG, JPEG, and BMP), music (OGG, AAC, and WAV), video (MPEG, MOV, and seven other formats), and documents (Microsoft Office, PDF, and text files).
Maintenance. Like most DLP projectors, there are no air filters to be replaced, but it is recommended that the intake and exhaust ports be vacuumed occasionally to remove and dust or lint that might collect near the DLP chip. Lamp replacement is through the top of the projector, so ceiling mounts present no problem.
Heat Exhaust. Heat is exhausted evenly from three sides of the EL5-W, so no one seated near the projector is subject to a blast of hot air.
Lamp Life. Normal mode LED life is rated at 20,000 hours, so even at a usage rate of five hours per day, the LEDs should still function for nearly 11 years. But like other LED projectors, if the LEDs fail, the entire projector must be returned to an authorized service center for repair or replacement.
Warranty.The LE-5 offers a three-year warranty on the projector and 120 days on the illumination system.
Maintenance.Like most DLP projectors, there are no air filters to be replaced, but it is recommended that the intake and exhaust ports be vacuumed occasionally to remove and dust or lint that might collect near the DLP chip. Lamp replacement is through the top of the projector, so ceiling mounts present no problem.
3D Support. The LE-5 is 3D ready and is compatible with TI's DLP Link system in a 120Hz frame sequential format. Blu-Ray formats are not supported, and the required 3D active electronic shutter glasses are not included with the projector.