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Performance
2.5
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Mobile Presentation
Casio XJ-A250 Projector Casio XJ-A250
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:1,800:1
Lumens:3000
Weight: 5.0 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
Lens:2x powered
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:20,000 Hrs
20,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In, HDMI, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 576i, 576p

Casio XJ-A250 Mobile Projector

Allan Abbott, March 8, 2011

Rainbow Artifacts: Though it lacks a traditional color wheel, the XJ-A250 still sequences RGB colors onto its DLP chip from the laser/LED combo, and in certain motion video sequences, rainbow artifacts similar to those from traditional color wheels may be noticeable.

Fan noise: Small physical packages require high-speed fans for full brightness as there is a lot of heat to evacuate from the chassis. The XJ-A250 has three illumination modes and a different fan speed for each one. Save mode is reasonably quiet. In Eco mode, the middle setting, fan noise is more obvious but acceptable in a presentation/conference room setting. With Eco Off you get the brightest picture, but it revs up the fans dramatically. The resulting noise may make hearing the presenter difficult if you are seated anywhere near the projector.

Audio Quality: The XJ-A250 has a single 1-watt speaker, so hearing audio content may be compromised in noisy environments. This is more noticeable when operating in Eco Off mode when fan noise is at its maximum. That said, the audio clarity is good with no buzz or rattle except in the highest 10% of the volume range.

Conclusion

The Casio XJ-A250 delivers a unique set of benefits and limitations. It's super slim profile certainly makes it convenient to pack, and a 20,000 hour light source eliminates the concern about lamp replacement cost. The long 2x zoom lens affords some set up convenience that is missing on most mobile projectors. Many will buy it for these three benefits alone.

However, people who buy 3000 lumen projectors usually do so because they need or want 3000 lumens of firepower. And while it is not unusual to find projectors that don't quite meet their lumen specs, this one falls farther short than most, even at its peak settings. But most users will want to opt for one of the eco modes to reduce fan noise. They will also want to uptilt the unit and keystone correct to get the image high enough on the wall. With these adjustments, it is difficult to get anywhere near 2000 lumens from this model, much less the rated 3000.

Not only does the XJ-Z250 fall short in lumen power but in color balance as well. This projector might best be described as functional for presentation use when the subject matter does not demand accurate color.

The XJ-A250 offers you a trade-off...increased convenience and a 20,000 hour light source in exchange for lower lumen output than advertised, and image quality that is adequate to the task, but not among the best. Each buyer will determine whether that trade-off is worth it.


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Comments (4) Post a Comment
Teresa Bell Posted Mar 27, 2011 6:40 PM PST
The only reason to purchase this projector is for the lack of need to purchase a bulb. Otherwise stay away. Why? 1) Technical support from Casio is non existent. Give the manual to an 8 year old and voila you have their technical support. 2) If you are teaching a technical program where you need to see EVERYTHING on the screen, you will need to use the cords. You can't see some things on the screen when you use WIFI ie: tool tips and some menus. 3) You can't use WIFI to explore the internet if using the WIFI to connect to your laptop. It needs it to work. In my opinion if, I had to do it all over again, I would just get the cheapest brand of this brand because the WIFI feature isn't all that.
Jon Posted May 10, 2011 6:23 PM PST
I bought the 240 a couple of weeks ago to use as a bedroom tv. If it lasts close to the 20,000 hours I'll be happy. I'm watching the nba playoffs right now from about 8 feet away on about an 80 inch screen. I can't imagine ever going back to a regular tv. A 40 or 50 inch screen wouldn't do it for me any more.

I hope projectors get to the place where they sell at high enough volume to get really good and cheap. This one actually looks fine for sports and most casual viewing but it wouldn't be competitive as a strictly home theater projector. It also has a couple annoying things - you have to resize and refocus the image every time you turn it on. It takes 30 seconds and is already second nature but it's not ideal. I've had projectors for a while, this is my 4th in the last 10 years and this is the first one I've bought to use as a regular tv. If 20,000 hours is true it's maintenance free for my purposes. The extreme portability and huge picture trump the ability to watch in bright light and somewhat better picture of a panel.
R Gopal Posted Sep 8, 2011 9:11 PM PST
I got it from distributor and checked , There is color problem with this CASIO X JA 140 V , It does not give the true color . for example you please check with windows desktop the Sky blue seems as Violet color
Howard Olsen Posted Sep 16, 2011 9:46 AM PST
I love this projector. I'm a sales trainer and keynote speaker and work in both large and small venues. First of all, this is the easiest projector I've ever used when it comes to set up. Just turn it on and in seconds you've got a full bright image and the keystone and focus kick in to adjust the picture perfectly. The zoom feature really allows you to project a huge image from a short distance, so in my opinion this is much better than going for a "short throw" unit because it give you tremendous flexibility - you can operate from pretty much any distance. I've read all the reviews and I know there has been much discussion about the Casio not meeting it's stated lumen output, but all I can say (since I don't have the ability to measure) is that I got a beautiful bright picture in a fully lit conference room. And here's what I loved the most, the Light Source doesn't produce a ton of heat. The fan does cool the unit but on conventional projectors (both DLP and LCD) with regular bulbs, they are just plain hot. When working in a small room full of people, I find myself constantly losing the battle to control room temp because all my previous projectors were kicking out so much heat. Not with this baby .... it stays cool to the touch and the fan output is like a gentle warm (not hot) breeze, which means I can keep a comfortable environment for all us, including me when I'm dancing around the front of the room doing my thing. With ease of setup, crisp bright images, and cool operation, this thin light projector is this road warriors new best friend.

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