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Testing and Connectivity
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
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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

Test Results and Connectivity

Bright image with wide brightness range. The XJ-H2650 offers only one color preset for its two non-Eco modes, but five presets for each of the five Eco modes. The 27 possible combinations translate to both a larger brightness range than most projectors offer and far more levels within that range.

Bright mode came in at 2985 lumens on our tests, and Normal mode at 2503 lumens. The five Eco modes ranged from 2068 down to 1156 lumens using the brightest color preset. Other presets drop the brightness significantly, with the Theater preset coming in at 541 lumens with the brightest Eco mode. Combine the lower brightness color presets with the lower brightness Eco modes, and you can drop the brightness even further.

Note that using Eco mode doesn't lengthen the life of the hybrid light source the way it does with traditional lamps. However, it makes a big difference in fan noise. I'm less sensitive to fan noise than many people, but in this projector's brightest mode the noise was distracting from ten feet away. Fortunately it gets quieter and less annoying with each step down in brightness. It's still audible, but tolerable for my tastes, from ten feet away in the brightest eco mode, and almost inaudible from two feet in the most extreme eco mode.

Also, though Casio's portable projectors can generate more than their fair share of heat, neither the XJ-H2650 itself nor the air from the cooling vents seemed unusually hot.

Brightness uniformity. The projector also scored well on brightness uniformity, at 78%. Just as important, the brightness changes gradually enough between the brightest and dimmest areas that, even with a solid white image, I didn't see any variation across the screen.

Good connectivity. The XJ-H2650 back panel offers all the connectors you'll likely need, including an HDMI port for a computer or video source, two VGA ports for computers or component video, and both S-video and composite video inputs. For output, there's a pass-through monitor port and a stereo miniplug for an external sound system.

One nice touch is labeling that shows which audio ports are paired with which image inputs, with a line connecting each of two stereo miniplug jacks to the VGA port it goes with, and another line indicating that the stereo RCA phono plug jacks are paired with both the composite and S-Video ports.

Other connectors include a USB A port that will let you plug in a USB memory key to read JPG and a few other file formats directly. It will also let you plug in the supplied Wi-Fi adaptor, which will let you connect directly to the projector and send data images from any Windows or Mac computer or most Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones and tablets. Finally, there's an RS-232 port for a computer or third party controller; a LAN port for data and for control over a network; and a USB B port for connecting to a computer for the optional interactive feature.

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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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