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Sharp PG-D2510X Projector Sharp PG-D2510X
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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:1,100:1
Lumens:2500
Weight: 6.2 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In, Audio Out, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 540p, 576i, 576p

Sharp PG-D2510X
Conference/Classroom Projector

Allan Abbott, November 2, 2010

Advantages

Image Color Settings: Casual users may shy away from such detail, but if you want to take the time to get the best image color possible, then the C.M.S. portion of the Picture menu gives you the tools to do it. In addition to contrast, brightness, and color temperature adjustments in the Picture menu, you can also make fine adjustments to all six colors produced by the light engine (red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, and magenta). Hue, saturation, and value are adjustable for each of the six colors.

As an added benefit, the PG-D2510X lets you make color adjustments to computer images. This is not common in projectors of this class, and it permits color correction in computer sources where you would otherwise have to live with the color bias of whatever preset you have chosen. Even though tint and saturation controls are disabled in computer mode, you still have the opportunity to tune up color content via the C.M.S. menu.

Presentation Functions: The PG-D2510X has a larger than average number of presentation functions available via the remote control. In the absence of a hand-held laser pointer, you can still point out important items on the screen by displaying and moving a pointer icon around the image. The X-Y movement is a bit cumbersome, but it is useful in a pinch. You can also enlarge a portion of the image or blank all but a variable size section of the image in Spot mode. With a USB cable connected, you can use the remote as a remote mouse, and a wireless receiver accessory is available if you need to move beyond cable distance from your computer.

Lamp Life: At 3,000 hours, the PG-D2510X has a fairly long average lamp life in normal mode, but it really excels in Eco mode where lamp life reaches 5,000 hours. Since there is only a 26% reduction in brightness in Eco mode and fan noise drops from 34dB to a more tolerable 30dB, you might find Eco mode more useful than normal mode and stretch lamp life in the bargain.

Audio Pass Through: There are times when you may want to address your audience via hand-held or lapel microphone with the projector in Standby mode. For example, you may want to answer post-presentation questions with the projector lamp off. Many projectors shut down the audio output in Standby mode, but the PG-D2510X gives you a menu choice . . . you can enable/disable Standby audio pass through in the PR/ADJ 2 menu.

Audio Quality: With its output rated at 7 watts, the speaker volume from the PG-D2510X is sufficient for small-to-medium rooms, and an audio mini jack is available if external amplification is needed. Even at full volume, the speaker is free of buzz and hiss.

Remote Control: the PG-D2510X's mid-size remote control is well laid out with similar functions (e.g., presentation controls) grouped together. Although small, each button's icon is unique and easy to remember. Directional buttons are conveniently located at the center of the remote, and there is an assignable function button that can bring a menu function to the remote (e.g., information about the current input signal).

On-Screen Menus: Following a trend toward shorter, multiple menus that can be seen in their entirety without scrolling, the PG-D2510X offers five menus that allow image, signal sync, screen configuration, and projection adjustments. A nice feature of the Picture menu is that most individual settings blank the menu and appear at the bottom of the image so you can see most of the image while you make brightness, contrast, and other image control adjustments.

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