LED/Laser Conference Room Projector
August 20, 2012
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.
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.