Portable WXGA Projector
October 19, 2006
Boxlight's projector line-up for the year is full of unique and noteworthy projectors. The Boxlight Armadillo is supposed to stand up to adverse conditions like moisture, smoke, and heat. The Boxlight Bumblebee is a one pound projector with a 20,000 hour LED lamp. However, the subject of this review is the Boxlight Broadview - a very bright, 4.4 lb. WXGA projector that is ideally suited to the mobile presenter. At this writing the Broadview is the only WXGA projector under 5 pounds on the market, so it is in a class by itself.
ANSI lumens: 2600 (2400 in eco mode)
Light Engine: 1280x768, native 15:9, 1x 0.65" DLP with a 200W VIP lamp
Video Compatibility: HDTV 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.
Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to SXGA.
Connection Panel: DVI, S-Video, Composite Video, one USB port, one 1/8" audio input.
Lens and Throw Distance: 1.22:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal 15:9 image from 12.2' to 14.2'.
Lamp Life: 2000 hours.
Warranty: 2 years parts/labor, 500 hour lamp guarantee.
General Impressions / Feature Set
The most immediately noticeable feature of the Broadview is its size. The projector measures a tiny 10.2" x 2.7' x 7.6", giving it a footprint smaller than a standard sheet of paper. At 4.4 pounds, it is designed to be taken on the road. Its carrying case can easily be slung over the shoulder without discomfort, and it protects the projector with about one quarter inch of padding on all sides. The Broadview is easily the most portable 1280x768 projector available at the time of this review, both in size and weight.
WXGA resolution, or 1280x768, is a relatively new format in commercial projectors. It is a versatile format that allows for native (unscaled) display of several common signals including WXGA (1280x768), XGA (1024x768), and HD720p video (1280x720). Though there are a number of larger and heavier WXGA projectors on the market, Boxlight is the first to deliver this resolution in a package that works well for the mobile presenter.
The Broadview uses a 1.22:1 zoom/focus lens, allowing it to throw a 100" 15:9 image from 12.2 feet to 14.2 feet. The modest zoom range lets you make small adjustments in the size of the projected image, but significant changes in the size of the image can only be achieved by changing the throw distance. The Broadview is designed for table top use in a conference room, though it can be ceiling mounted as well.
The Broadview's throw angle offset is about 30% of the image height. This means that for a 100" diagonal 15:9 image, or 85.75" x 51.5", the bottom edge of the image will appear 15.5" above the centerline of the lens, assuming the projector is level. This offset is ideal for table top use as it elevates the image and makes it easier to see by those sitting around the table. If more elevation is needed, the projector's front foot is adjustable to tilt the projector upwards.