Laser/LED Portable Projector
August 1, 2012
Powered Zoom and Focus: Like its sister Slim series projectors, the XJ-A146 has a very convenient and effective powered zoom and focus. Control is via the remote which has two zoom and focus buttons. The controls work smoothly, there is little overshoot, and fine focus is easy to achieve.
Placement Flexibility: The XJ-A146's powered 2:1 zoom gives you a lot of projection distance variation for a particular image size. For example, to project a 100" diagonal image in a 4:3 format, you can place the projector anywhere between 9'3" and 18'6" from the screen. Though rapid, the zoom movement is very smooth and hitting your mark is easy. At full telephoto, however, brightness is reduced by almost 30% which is a loss the XJ-A146 can ill afford (see Brightness and Uniformity).
On-Screen Menus: OSD menu navigation is intuitive on the XJ-A146, and there is minimal layering. Eleven on-screen menus may seem like a lot, but they are laid out simply and logically arranged. However, the menu cannot be moved from the center of the image when making adjustments, so it is difficult to see the overall effect of the image adjustments.
Remote Control: The remote for the XJ-A146 is full-size and fits comfortably in the hand. It has high contrast icons and lettering that is easy to read even in a dimly lit room. Navigation buttons are conveniently placed in the upper half of the remote, and there are direct access buttons for functions such as brightness, Eco, aspect ratio, and keystone correction.
Image Position: The centerline of the lens is even with the bottom of the image, so you may need to angle the projector upward by extending its front elevator foot, and keystone correction of ±30° is available. The projector can be tilted by unscrewing either rear foot to correct any horizontal leveling issues.
Connectivity: The XJ-A146 has the usual complement of inputs including a VGA connector for computer or component video input, HDMI, a USB connector for memory sticks, and a composite video input.
More impressive are its wireless capabilities. In particular, the XJ-A146 comes with an internal plug-in LAN module which allows the use of Mobi-Show . . . projection of data from smartphones, iPads, and Microsoft Windows mobile devices. There are included software routines that convert PowerPoint files and format movie content.
Warranty Provisions: Casio offers a 3-year warranty on the projector and a 3-year or 6,000-hour warranty on the laser/LCD illumination system.