Review Contents
Introduction
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
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Street Price: $1,498
MSRP:$1,699
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:1,800:1
Lumens:3000
Weight: 8.6 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:20,000 Hrs
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB, HDMI, Network, Network 802.11, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Casio XJ-M255
Laser/LED Projector

Allan Abbott, October 3, 2011

One definition of success is when performance exceeds expectation, and when I got my hands on the new 3,000-lumen WXGA resolution Casio XJ-M255, my expectations were high since this projector embodies the latest version of Casio's proprietary laser/LED light engine. By definition, then, a successful evaluation of this DLP projector would require more than just a good image and some nifty bells and whistles. To add some anticipation to the mix, this was the first time I had seen Casio's laser/LED light engine since I last saw it in their XJ-A250 which came up well short of its brightness rating and didn't do well in the image quality department.

At first glance, this $1,499 8.6-pound projector looks like it might be a good candidate for a cart or ceiling mount since it's a bit heavy to lug around. However, it was clearly designed with multimedia in mind, and its wide variety of input modes and wireless capability makes it a natural for collaborative sessions where multiple PCs may be connected simultaneously. I had two wireless laptops displaying together on a split screen, and the XJ-M255 can handle four at a time. So, even though mobility isn't its strongest suit, the XJ-M255 is nevertheless a good candidate for road warrior applications where everything from mobile phones to iPads and laptops are in play.

I connected everything but the kitchen sink to the XJ-M255 including HDMI digital sources and USB memory sticks. In each case, the images were on the mark for color balance and saturation, and the 5-watt speaker was a nice improvement over the previous 1-watt speaker in the XJ-A250V. However, like its predecessor, the XJ-M255 fell short of its brightness specification by nearly 25% preceded by a gradual decrease in brightness during its warm-up phase. The decrease is less than it used to be (9% vs. 15%), but it is still surprising to see. Once the projector has been operating for fifteen minutes, the light output is stable . . . well below its rating, but stable.

A classroom could definitely get some extended use out of the XJ-M255 as it is solidly put together with low maintenance costs if the laser/LED light engine meets its intended 20,000-hour life. But its versatility suggests that it moves easily among the widely varying environments found in conference rooms and boardrooms, so I would expect professional presenters to find a lot to like in this projector.

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Reader Comments(6 comments)

Posted Aug 11, 2014 12:31:34 PM

By Kal Gill

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I'm thinking about purchasing the XJ-M256, there are no reviews on this yet anywhere, can you comment on this projector, also can you recommend any with same level of features for business presentations, like wifi, hdmi, vga, multi screen etc. Thanks

Kal Gill

Posted Dec 17, 2012 8:43:34 AM

By jamie griffiths

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How about the wireless function? How was that? Is it only for menu control? Or can you wirelessly control playback of a loaded USB stick for instance? thanks for any info.

Posted Aug 29, 2012 3:30:54 AM

By Ricardo

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We know that you guys have to be polite in order to review these equipment BUT, would you buy it?

For 1500,00 we could buy 2 extra lamps and a similar (lamped) more serius projector, right?

I really want Cassio to outperfom its competitors but the way you described it, it seems like an amateur job.

Posted Dec 24, 2011 9:01:32 AM

By Stunko

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@ iaw4: No, there is no such thing that you sdescribe. There will be HEAT GENERATION and HEAT DISSIPATTION out of this red laser + LED light engine PJ as well. If not, you would quickly fry the internal organs, qand you would not want that, correct? The XJ-A series is actually pretty loud for fan exhaust, this XJ-M series model is much less so.

@ William Dakota: I am now covering a 24.5-foot wide 2.2:1 aspect ratio gray screen out of a 7000 ANSI lumen projector. You will never be able to cover a 30-ft width out of a 3000 or 2500 ANSI lumen PJ, not even close to it.

Posted Dec 18, 2011 11:55:53 AM

By iaw4

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how about the heat output of the light engine? is it much cooler than a standard setup? can I sit next to the exhaust and not hear or feel anything?

Posted Nov 15, 2011 10:22:21 AM

By William Dakota

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This review contradicts your email to me stating the picture isn't bright enough for a 30 foot wide picture. 3000 lumens is pretty bright isn't it? The laser LED may only run six years? Well, that is good enough for me.

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