DLP Hybrid Projector Review
July 9, 2013
Instant on. Lamp-based projectors need several minutes to come to full brightness, and often take 30-45 seconds from power on just to get a picture on screen. Solid state projectors do not have this limitation. Indeed, the RW430U comes to full brightness less than ten seconds after the power button is pressed, allowing you to get on with your work right away.
Maintenance free. The RW430U is designed to be maintenance-free as much as possible. The Solid Shine light engine is rated for 20,000 hours of operation before replacement. The projector itself comes with a three-year warranty along with an additional 10,000 hour warranty on the light source itself. If three years have elapsed and the projector has not yet reached 10,000 hours, the light source remains under warranty protection.
Placement flexibility. When no two of your conference rooms are the same, it can be difficult to choose a projector that will work in all of them. The RW430U's 2.0:1 zoom lens and H/V lens shift make it easier to install the projector in conference rooms of different size and orientation. It can also be installed vertically for use in portrait mode, allowing for its use in digital signage applications. An option in the menu adjusts the projector's cooling system to compensate for the differences in air flow and heat distribution, so it does not lose any of its significant lifespan from using it this way.
Cool operation. The RW430U uses heat pipes and radiators to channel heat away from critical system components and expel it from the projector quietly and efficiently. The RW430U's solid state light source already produces less heat than a traditional high-pressure lamp, so the end result is a cool, quiet room.
24/7 operation. The RW430U can be run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without negatively impacting its lifespan. This makes the projector ideal for digital signage and other heavy duty cycle applications.
Connectivity. In addition to the RW430U's collection of inputs, it also features an HDbaseT decoder onboard. Using an external digital input box, you can send video data to the RW430U over cat5e or cat6 network cable. This cable is ubiquitous, inexpensive, and your IT department has likely already run it all over your building. This gives you a one-wire solution to input signal that costs very little to implement.
Multiple projectors. Not only can the RW430U handle edge blending, but it also automatically adjusts the color and brightness of each picture such that all projectors involved match. As the projector's light output diminishes over time, the system will evaluate itself periodically to ensure that the picture matches, even across projectors.
Universal 3D. In addition to support for HDMI 1.4 3D formats found on Blu-ray disc and broadcast content, the RW430U also supports PC 120Hz frame sequential. This format is still used by many educational software suites. The projector can use either DLP Link or VESA synchronization via an external emitter (not included).