Christie LW41: Bright, High Quality, Widescreen Conference Room Projector
No 3D. Given the wide availability of 3D in DLP projectors, it's worth mention that the LW41, like all current LCD-based data projectors, lacks 3D. If you want 3D, you'll need to choose a DLP projector instead.
Not really portable. Despite Christie's description of the LW41 as portable, the 4.6" x 15.8" x 12.5" (HWD) size makes it too bulky to seriously consider treating it that way. If you need portability, it's easy to find significantly smaller and lighter 1280x800, 4000-lumen projectors.
Pricey. All the extras in the LW41 -- most notably the lens shift, 1.7x zoom, and wide choice of connectors -- add to the cost. If you don't need them, getting the LW41 is a little like buying a Porsche when all you need is basic transportation.
Like some other Christie projectors I've reviewed, the LW41 offers a long list of strengths and hardly any weaknesses. You could count the high price against it, but it's presumably the high price that makes all the strong points possible.
On the plus side, the LW41 delivers bright, high quality data images, better than par video for a data projector, conveniences that include a 1.7x zoom lens and lens shift, and even reasonably good audio quality. On the minus side, it lacks 3D support, which is standard for LCD-based data projectors; it's not really portable; and the high price is paying for features that not everyone needs. Other limitations, like the annoying screwdriver-based adjustment for lens shift, make some of the strong points less of a plus than they could be, but they don't keep them from being strong points.
Ultimately, the Christie LW41 is classic example of getting what you pay for. It's easy to find 4000 lumen, 1280x800 projectors that cost less, but they offer less also. The LW41 is expensive, but for those who may need all the extra features, it delivers enough to justify the price.
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