Ricoh PJ WX4130N Short Throw
Conference Room Projector
Brightness - It seems that manufacturers are doing a better job lately of producing projectors that meet their brightness specifications, and the WX4130N is no exception. In Bright mode, we measured light output at 2,570 lumens, and that decreased to 1,980 and 1,815 lumens in Standard and Natural modes, respectively. Eco mode dropped the light output by about 32% which was actually helpful by reducing eyestrain while watching movies in darkened rooms.
Image Size and Throw Distance - Like nearly all short-throw projectors, the WX4130N has no zoom lens, so its image size is totally dependent on its distance from the screen. To its credit, the WX4130N puts up a 48" image with the front of the projector only 4.6" from the screen. At its maximum distance of 6.2" from the screen where the focus control is still effective, the image increases to 80". This is sufficient range for a medium size room, and for larger rooms, you would probably use a long-throw projector anyway.
Fan Noise - One of the advantages of a short-throw projector is that fan noise and heat exhaust is at the front of the room, not in the middle of the audience. Nevertheless, the WX4130N is one of the noisier projectors we have tested, so it is a good thing that its noise is confined to an empty part of the room. Further, the fan noise is low-pitched, so if you are seated more than five feet away, it will not be distracting.
Audio Output - You will not shake the rafters with a 2-watt mono audio output, but it will probably do for small audiences. At full volume, there is some buzz and rattle, but the sound is fine in the low and middle ranges.
USB Formats - JPEG and MPEG files are common enough, but it would have been nice to be able to show .PDF files stored on thumb drives. A converter for Office files would have been a nice touch, too.
The WX4130N is an excellent short-throw projector with bright, colorful images that serve both classroom and boardroom requirements. However, its claim to fame is its networking ability, particularly when multiple users happen to be using iPads for collaborative work. Its audio output will not shake the room and it is a little costlier than some competitors, but in terms of short-throw performance, brightness uniformity, and networking flexibility, it is in a class by itself.
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