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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

3-D Compatibility: Like many recent DLP projectors, the PG-D2510X is 3-D ready via TI's DLP Link™ technology using active shutter glasses and a source outputting a 120 Hz frame-sequential 3-D signal. That the PD-G2510X is 3-D ready does not mean it is compatible with all 3-D sources on the market (e.g., Blu-Ray 3-D), so if you plan to use the 3-D option, ask your dealer about compatibility issues before buying.

Network Connection and Security: The PG-D2510X offers an RS-232 connection to permit remote control of virtually all projector settings. Status information is also available to the network, so if problems develop or security is breached, alert messages can be sent to the network administrator. In addition, the PG-D2510X has both a security bar and a Kensington lock at the rear of the projector.

Maintenance: Maintenance for the PG-D2510X is relatively simple. An occasional vacuuming of the air intake grills is recommended to keep dust from accumulating and restricting airflow, but like many projectors of its type, the PG-D2510X's DLP chip is sealed so no air filters are needed. Replacing the lamp does present one maintenance hurdle for ceiling-mounted units . . . the lamp is accessed through the bottom of the case, so the lamp replacement can be a little cumbersome.

Limitations

Fan noise: At 34dB in normal mode, the PG-D5210X's fan is a bit noisy, but fortunately it lacks the high-pitched whine of many DLP projectors, and Eco mode drops fan noise to a more tolerable 30dB. That said, for quiet content (e.g., viewing photos) or small rooms, you won't want the PG-D2510X any closer to your audience than necessary.

No Digital Input: You are out of luck if you want to connect HDMI signals you may have from your computer or DVD player. Unlike some of the competitors it its class, the PG-D2510X lacks a digital input. PC owners may not find this much of a limitation, but many Macs have digital outputs that have to connect to the PG-D2510X in analog mode.

No User Memory: You may find yourself having to tweak settings if your PG-D2510X is shared with colleagues. Many projectors have one or more User modes that allow you to store your favorite settings, but the PG-D2510X lacks that feature. So, if another user has changed your settings, you will have to reset them when you get the projector back.

Conclusion

You get a lot of brightness and many presenter conveniences with Sharp's new PG-D2510X. It may lack a digital input and suffer a little in the contrast category compared to other DLP projectors, but for an XGA projector that can handle high ambient light condition, it compares well with its competition. It offers the rare chance to color correct computer images, and for a price under $750 on the street, it is a projector worthy of your serious consideration.


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