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Ricoh PJ X3241N Portable Projector Review

Highly Recommended Projector
Ease of Use
Intended Use:
Mobile Presentation
Ricoh PJ X3241N Projector Ricoh PJ X3241N
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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 4.4 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In (x2), HDMI, Network, Wireless Networking, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

If I had to describe the Ricoh PJ X3241N in just a few words, I'd go with lean and businesslike. It's a portable data projector that's light enough to carry on a regular basis, easy to set up, and bright enough that you won't have to worry whether it can stand up to the ambient light in an office you've never been to before.

The PJ X3241N is lean in more ways than one. Weighing in at 4.4 pounds and offering 1024x768 resolution, it's unusually light for an LCD projector. Beyond that, it stands out for its economy of design, while still offering a reasonably full set of features, including, for example, an HDMI port and 1.2x manual zoom whereas most competing projectors have a 1.1x zoom or no zoom at all for that matter. On the other hand, although it offers two VGA ports for input, one of them doubles as a monitor out port, which means you can't plug in two RGB image sources and a monitor at the same time.

The leanness also extends to the projector's looks. Basically, it's a simple black and white box with an unobtrusive cluster of white buttons on white casework. The one key feature that truly stands out is the image that comes out of the lens, which brings us to the businesslike part of the equation.

Ricoh rates the PJ X3241N at 3300 lumens and we measured it at about 2900. Even by today's standards, that's bright for such a lightweight projector. More importantly, it scores well on data image quality. Keep in mind too that because it is LCD based, it eliminates the possibility of having rainbow artifacts. Most of the projectors in this weight class are DLP based, which makes rainbow artifacts a potential issue. This combination of high brightness, excellent image quality, and low weight, plus the fact that it's guaranteed not to show rainbow artifacts, fully justifies the $1,200 street price.

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