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Sanyo PLC-XW250 Projector Sanyo PLC-XW250
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:500:1
Lumens:2600
Weight: 5.5 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:n/a
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In (x2), Network, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1035i, 575i, 575p

Sanyo PLC-XW250 Classroom Projector

Jeffrey Janas, December 16, 2009

Presentation Features: The PLC-XW250 includes several advanced features aimed at the presentation market, most of which are executable from direct remote control buttons or from a top-level menu option. The experienced meeting leader is sure to be familiar with the challenge of keeping presenters on schedule - the remote control includes a dedicated button for a presentation timer: once activated a timer will pop-up on the screen and count up. A second press will freeze the timer and a third press will remove the timer from the screen. If the count up timer is not sufficient to keep presentations on time, the remote also features a dedicated key to black out the projected image.

Additional presentation options not common to projectors in this class include the PLC-XW250's raw resolution mode - it can display any image up to 1600x1200 without scaling by allowing the user to pan around the image using the remote control. This feature makes the XW250 very convenient for display of large format drawings or any high resolution material where seeing all detail available is critical. By avoiding any scaling to the native resolution of the projector, images are displayed with all fine detail intact.

Low Cost of Ownership: The PLC-XW250 is available at a street price of less than $700 and replacement lamps can be obtained for less than $150. The low initial purchase price for the projector and an extremely low replacement lamp cost place the PLC-XW250 high on the value scale of performance vs. price.

Network Capability: The Sanyo PJ Network Manager software allows for monitoring and control of the projector using the PJ Network Manager application or directly from a web browser. The manager software is used for initial network setup and configuration of event and alert monitoring. A standard web browser allows for full control of all menu functions and displays current settings - extremely useful for remote monitoring or troubleshooting.

The PJ Network Manager application allows for automatic monitoring and alerting of key projector attributes such as temperature, lamp and filter hours. For example, the XW250 can automatically issue an alert email once the lamp reaches a specific number of run hours, altering support personnel that maintenance is required - a great feature for an environment with limited technical support resources or an environment that manages a large number of projectors.

Extremely low power consumption in stand-by mode: Sanyo touts the PLC-XW250 as an environment friendly projector with power consumption in standby mode as only 0.4w - an 84% reduction over the previous model. The measured value in stand-by mode using a 'Kill-A-Watt' measurement device was 0.6w, relatively close to the specified value. The measured value was approximately 50% of the value of a similar projector that also claims environmentally friendly attributes. While a difference of 0.5w will not result in a significant dollar savings on and individual projector basis, it will be of benefit to school districts that deploy hundreds of units at a time. It great to see Sanyo addressing the issue of the large-scale impact of stand-by power draw.

Warranty: Sanyo provides a three-year warranty, which is about the longest warranty in the business for this class of product. The lamp has a typical 90-day warranty.

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