Review Contents
Limitations and Conclusion
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Business
Casio XJ-H2650 Projector Casio XJ-H2650
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Street Price: $2,199
MSRP:$2,499
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:1,400:1
Lumens:3500
Weight: 15.6 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:20,000 Hrs
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB (x2), HDMI, Network, Network 802.11, USB (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Casio XJ-H2650
LED/Laser Conference Room Projector

Marc Davidson, August 20, 2012

Limitations

Fan noise. The fan noise in the XJ-HS650's brightest mode should be taken into consideration when planning an installation as it can be distracting if placed within ten feet of the audience. Options are to place the unit farther away or set it to run in eco mode and give up some of its brightness.

No color presets for the brightest modes. With no color presets for the non-Eco modes, your only choice is to adjust color manually or stay with the default settings.

Rainbow artifacts. DLP rainbow artifacts show up infrequently in data presentations but in video they show up more often. Most people won't find them annoying, but those who are sensitive to DLP rainbows should keep in mind that this projector will produce them on occasion.

Limited 3D. The XJ-H2650 offers 3D with DLP-Link glasses, but it's even more limited than most 3D-ready projectors, supporting 3D over a VGA connection only. Also, it doesn't come with glasses, so you'll need to buy enough for your audience.

Conclusion

Like all of Casio's hybrid light source projectors, the XJ-H2650 will be of particular interest to anyone who takes the ecological benefits seriously, or cares more about cost of ownership than initial price. The 20,000-hour mercury-free light engine offers advantages in both areas. So do the seven brightness modes that let you pick the lowest brightness suitable for the lighting conditions.

The projector also offers enough other strengths to make it attractive even for those don't put a priority on ecological benefits. It scores lots of points for its near-excellent data image quality, better than par video quality, reasonably good audio quality, and high volume.

It also does well on brightness. The measured 2985 lumens is easily enough to throw a bright image at a size suitable for a mid-size conference room or classroom. And it earns still more points for the long warranty and for conveniences like Wi-Fi and the ability to read files from USB keys. Add up all the pluses, and the XJ-H2650 is an attractive choice by any measure.

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Reader Comments(2 comments)

Posted Aug 31, 2012 12:58:26 PM

By Ron C

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Your comments are unfounded. We recently purchased 2 of these (the twin sister model 2600), and they perform very well. I chose them based on my 14 years of personal video projector experience (having personally owned over 20 projectors), and my 25+ years of EE product design experience.

One of my most important issues when purchasing video projectors for my employer, is "idiot-proof-ness"... for lack of a better word. These "Hybrid" projectors can be operated COMPLETELY like a home TV... turn it ON and OFF "at will"... TOTALLY without regard for the "Lamp". I've had users short-cycle Metal-Halide Lamp equipped projectors before, and know all too well what a Lamp explosion does to the inside of a projector. I have replaced several lamps due also to the AC power being removed without a proper cool-down time.

While Casio did have issues with their earlier "thin" Hybrid projectors due to thermal management issues, these new products are not those products. There are no less than 4 fans in these that are visible from the exterior, so I'd say they got those old problems solved in this MUCH larger product series.

The recently extended warranty period (now 5 years) gives evidence of their confidence.

It's best to reserve comments until you own the equipment, so you don't sound like someone who has a grudge to voice, and no first-hand experience or knowledge of the product you are commenting on.

This could be interpreted as libel, since you are not basing your comments and negative judgements on first-hand knowledge & experience.

Posted Aug 22, 2012 11:16:51 PM

By Bob J

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Given that the brightness in Bright mode is 15% below spec, the color issues, the loud fan noise, and a description of what sounds like very poor video quality, it seems like the 4 star performance rating is VERY optimistic. And given Casio's track record for their light engines failing far short of their rated lifespans, the 4 star value rating also seems high. With many companies introducing these kind of projectors now, Casio's poor reliability and poor performance can't be excused anymore. Unless all the others are just as bad.

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