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2000:1 Contrast Ratio
2100 Lumens
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Boxlight TraveLight2
Micro-Portable XGA Projector

Bill Livolsi, May 24, 2007

Performance


The TraveLight2 Remote Control
As the TraveLight2 has no preprogrammed image modes, adjustments must be performed manually. Our test unit was at its brightest straight out of the box, with the lamp on high and white peaking set to maximum. With these settings, the projector measured roughly 1400 ANSI lumens after a few minutes of warm-up time. While this is only 2/3 of the official specification, 1400 lumens is still a considerable amount of light, and the TraveLight2 should power anything up to a 100" screen with moderate amounts of ambient light in the room.

Low lamp mode brought about a 15% drop in lumen output, to 1168 ANSI. If you are projecting in a small room, or have no ambient light to combat, that may still be too bright. In this case, reducing white peaking will bring down lumen output further. The minimum reading obtained from our test sample was 400 ANSI lumens in low lamp mode with white peaking turned off. Between white peaking adjustment and lamp control, the lumen output of the TraveLight2 is highly adjustable and can be set almost anywhere between 400 and 1400 lumens.

Black level is acceptable for light photography use, and low lamp mode yields a better black level than high lamp mode by a fair margin. Black level is more than acceptable for data graphics or charts. Text documents and PowerPoint slideshows appear bright and dynamic at any setting, though excessive white peaking can reduce shadow detail in complex graphics.

There were some quirks with regards to edge-to-edge sharpness. While most of the projected image was in perfect focus at any given time, about 10% of the image towards the top right corner was softer than the rest of the image. Those looking for a projector to display items that demand the utmost in image sharpness, such as complex engineering diagrams or densely-packed spreadsheets, may wish to look elsewhere. For text documents, graphics, and PowerPoint slideshows, however, there was no significant loss in image sharpness. Font sizes of 10pt and greater were easily legible.

Scaling of higher-resolution computer signals, in and of itself, is clean. While some compression artifacts are unavoidable, the TraveLight2 does a fair job of keeping text legible and images sharp. Applying keystone correction will exascerbate scaling artifacts, though, and as always the best results will be obtained when sending the projector a native XGA signal.

Conclusion

The Boxlight TraveLight2 is a presenter's projector, through and through. It has enough light for any screen up to 100" and beyond as well as an exceptionally long lamp life, but edge-to-edge sharpness is not perfect. Those wishing to display complex technical documents and spreadsheets will probably not find what they are looking for in this projector. However, if what you need is a bright, super-portable projector for PowerPoint slideshows and data graphics, the TraveLight2 is a great match for you.

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