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Casio XJ-H1750 Projector Casio XJ-H1750
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1400:1 Contrast Ratio
4000 Lumens
PC 3D Ready
$2,149 Street Price
$2,099 MSRP

Casio XJ-H1750 Projector
with LED/Laser Hybrid Light Engine

Marc Davidson, March 22, 2012

Strong Points

Excellent data image quality. The XJ-H1750's data image quality is easily good enough for any business or classroom use. In most color and brightness modes (there are several of each), it offers nicely saturated colors and suitably neutral grays. The only exceptions are for the two brightest modes, where some shades of gray show a tint, and yellow is a slightly greenish mustard color. However, most projectors' brightest modes have problems with color, so that's not really an issue.

Very much on the plus side, the XJ-H1750 handled both black on white and white on black text extremely well, maintaining crisp edges down to 7 point size in both cases. Screens that tend to cause pixel jitter weren't quite as rock solid with an analog connection as with HDMI, but it takes a close look to see the difference.

Better than par video quality. Video quality is just good enough to count as a plus. The XJ-H1750 handled shadow detail reasonably well and it showed only slight posterization on scenes that are particularly challenging to get right. However, image quality is limited by the 1024x768 native resolution, there is a moderate level of noise, and colors have the dulled down look typical of a low contrast ratio. Ultimately, the quality is best described as usable, which is better than many data projectors can manage.

Good audio quality. Audio is another plus. The XJ-H1750's 10-watt mono speaker puts out enough volume to easily fill a mid-size conference room or classroom, and at acceptably high quality. If you need stereo, you can plug an external sound system into the stereo output.

Eco(nomically)-Friendly. The mercury-free light source with its 20,000 hour lifetime -- long enough to last the life of the projector -- is the most obvious eco-friendly feature in the XJ-H1750, but there are others also.

With five Eco modes, you can pick the one that uses as little power as possible while still being bright enough. I measured power use ranging from 122 watts at the most extreme Eco mode to 249 watts at the least extreme, and at 287 and 340 watts in the two non-Eco modes. In addition, you can set the projector to turn off after not receiving a signal for 5 to 30 minutes.

Also worth mention is Auto Eco mode, although it delivers less than it could. What would make this feature truly useful is if it would keep track of the setting for the 1.2x zoom lens, measure the distance to the screen much like an auto focus feature, and pick the brightness level based on the ambient light and image size. Unfortunately, it's not that smart. With a given light level, it chose the same Eco setting whether I was a little over 12 feet from the screen with a 98" diagonal image, or 38" away with a 33" image. Even so, it can still be more useful than not having the option at all.

Outstanding Warranty. Casio's 5 year warranty is longest warranty in the industry. What may be unique to Casio, however, is the length of the light source warranty, at 5 years or 10,000 hours. The 10,000 hours works out to five years worth of eight hour work days.

Interactive-ready. File the interactive-ready feature under extremely minor extras, given that it's an extra cost option, and the XJ-1750's standard throw makes it hard to avoid shadows. If you want to add it, however, it's $249.99 for the software and interactive pen.

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Reader Comments(8 comments)

Posted Dec 16, 2012 7:52:57 PM

By peter

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i am missing the statement about the lumens degradation ??? this model is stable ? stable lumens output OVER THE 20000 LIFE ?

Posted Apr 5, 2012 12:09:25 PM

By Nabi

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Sheesh! Why are we dragging our heels so hard on the resolution, going up half a step at a time at big cost? By the time projectors make it you'll be able to walk into Home Depot and leave with a 4x8 ft flat screen for ninety bucks.

Posted Mar 29, 2012 2:21:34 AM

By pankaj

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WOW 4000 brightness with 20000 hrs life its a good deal if its offered with short thoro lense of .5 or less lense ratio and Native resolution Wxga with little improved uniformity lets say 85% I would love you use it for my control room applications.

Posted Mar 27, 2012 5:21:14 PM

By sanjai

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casio should improve contrast ratio,and uniformity of picture quality, casio'seffort to bring led lineup

is appreciable .other lcd and dlp players should have to offer extended lamp warranty to compete with this product

sanjai ipe

Posted Mar 27, 2012 7:37:25 AM

By Stunko

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A 1024 x 768 resolution projector? For over $2,000? In almost April 2012? No.... I don't really think so. Although I did love the 1990s so much.

The 10,000 hour warranty does not sound all that much, either. But the rest out there is even worse than this for PJ warranty.

Posted Mar 26, 2012 9:19:03 AM

By Chris

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There is a great difference between a laser beam bounced off a mirror and directly at your eye vs. projected light spread across a 80" or so piece of vinyl with a sprayed particle coating. These projectors are just bright enough to see a picture, and although they are improving... they are hardly bright enough to burn your retina... I would however suggest backing a little further away from your microwave while it is active... :)

Posted Mar 23, 2012 9:50:08 AM

By Ravi

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I wonder if these lasers could harm the eyes as at the end of the day they are [%#^&*&*@] burning lasers.What they can do is amply demonstrated on many youtube videos.What we are seeing is reflected laser light.Isn't it ?

Posted Mar 22, 2012 11:39:13 AM

By Lloyd Stewart

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Wow, great leap for Casio! Now, bump up the lumens to 5k, and make it HD and I'm in for 4 or 5 units.

But this model should be great for a large variety of uses right now!

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