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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:500:1
Lumens:3000
Weight: 5.5 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 (eco)
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-XW300
Conference & Classroom Projector Review

Allan Abbott , March 15, 2010

Sanyo's new PLC-XW300 combines high brightness, portability, and networking capability for a low street price of just $845. At 5.5 pounds, the PLC-XW300 is truly portable, and its low profile helps keep it from interfering with the audience's view of the projected image. This XGA resolution projector is rated at 3000 ANSI lumens. The PLC-XW300 is one of a unique class of projectors that gives you brightness and portability at a low price.

Overview

Brightness and Uniformity: An unusual feature of the PLC-XW300 is your choice of three lamp intensities: Bright, Normal, and Eco. For our high brightness measurement, we chose Dynamic mode with the Bright lamp setting. The PLC-XW300 put out 2,420 ANSI lumens in this configuration, and the Standard and Real modes checked in at 2,155 and 1,830 lumens, respectively. With a video image, brightness registered 1,915 lumens in Dynamic mode, 1,705 lumens in Standard mode, and 1,450 lumens in Cinema mode. Normal and Eco lamp modes dropped brightness by 10% and 36 % from the Bright setting, respectively. Uniformity was at 90% . . . one of the best we've seen. Note that the Bright lamp setting may not be your first choice for smaller rooms where its higher fan noise may be distracting.

Image Size and Position: The PLC-XW300 can focus as close as 3.6' and as far as 34.4' from the screen. Image diagonals from those distances are 40" and 300", respectively. The projected image can be raised +10° by locking the extendable front foot, but no horizontal leveling is provided as neither rear foot can be adjusted.

Lens and Throw Angle: Concentric manual focus and zoom rings make it easy to set up the image size you need, and the 1.2:1 zoom ratio gives you some flexibility in projector placement. Image offset is -18% of image height, so a 72" diagonal image has its lower edge about 8" below the centerline of the lens. This suggests that the projector be placed above tabletop level in order to get the image sufficiently high without excessive projector tilting and keystone correction.

Preset modes: Sanyo uses different names for its preset modes depending on whether it's referring to data or video images. In data mode, you can choose from Dynamic, Standard, and Real, and in video mode from Dynamic, Standard, and Cinema. Dynamic has a slight greenish hue while Cinema tends toward red and Standard toward blue. For both data and video, reducing saturation and increasing contrast and brightness makes for a more pleasing image. On the Image Adjust menu, you can choose from three color temperature settings (Low, Mid, and High).

Lamp Life: The projector's 220-watt lamp is dealer priced at about $180. Access is through the top cover, so even ceiling mounts present no significant problem when it's time for lamp replacement. With lamp brightness set at Normal, lamp life is rated at 3,000 hours, and Eco mode lengthens that to 4,000 hours with a 29% brightness reduction from Normal.

Maintenance: Like many LCD projectors, the PLC-XW300 has an air filter that needs vacuuming or rinsing occasionally. It pulls out from the front of the projector, so it's not difficult to remove even if the projector is ceiling-mounted.

Warranty: Sanyo offers a 3-year parts and labor warranty for the projector and warrants the lamp for 90 days.

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