The Sharp PG-LX2000 Projector:
Simple, Budget-Priced, and Capable
September 26, 2012
Excellent data image quality. The PG-LX2000 did particularly well on data image quality. Autosync worked notably well in my tests, with images nearly as rock solid with an analog VGA connection as with a digital HDMI connection. From 12 feet away, I could see only the slightest jitter on a 98" diagonal screen and only on images that tend to cause pixel jitter. Most people probably won't notice any jitter at all if they're not looking for it, even on similar images.
Also a key issue for data screens is that both black on white and white on black text was crisp and readable at sizes as small as 7 points. Color balance was suitably neutral in all preset modes, including the brightest, which is unusual. Some colors were a little dark in terms of a hue-saturation-brightness model, making green and yellow a little dull rather than vibrant. However, colors were fully saturated and reasonably eye catching.
Few rainbow artifacts, particularly with data images. Every DLP projector I've ever tested shows rainbow artifacts, but the PG-LX2000 gets high marks for showing them less often than most. The only time I saw the artifacts in data screens was with one test image that's designed to make them show up. As is typical, the rainbows showed up more often with video, particularly in black and white clips and night scenes, but still far less often than most with most DLP projectors. Even those who see these artifacts easily are unlikely to see them often enough to find them annoying with either data screens or video.
Low running costs. DLP projectors help keep running costs down simply by not needing filter replacements. The PG-LX2000 lowers the cost further with a reasonably long lamp life, rated at 3,000 hours in Standard mode and 5,000 hours in Eco mode. Even better, when you need a new lamp, the replacement cost is just $149.
Surprisingly usable video quality. Given its 1024x768 native resolution, the PG-LX2000 has some obvious limits on its video quality. In particular, it has to scale any widescreen HD input to fit in the available pixels on the screen. Within those limits, however, it does surprisingly well.
In my tests, the projector didn't show any posterization and it showed only minor loss of shadow detail, even in scenes that tend to cause those problems. It also handled skin tones well and showed minimal noise in large solid areas. The relative lack of rainbow artifacts also helps, particularly for long sessions. The PG-LX2000 isn't a substitute for a home theater projector, but its video is watchable, making it suitable for classroom or business use.