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Casio XJ-A130 Projector Casio XJ-A130
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:1,800:1
Lumens:2000
Weight: 5.0 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Lens:2x powered
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:20,000 Hrs
20,000 (eco)
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  Composite, VGA In, HDMI, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Casio XJ-A130
LED/Laser Hybrid Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, June 17, 2010

Casio has been making slim-profile projectors for a few years now, and their previous examples have been great presentation machines. Now, Casio's new line of "Green Slim" projectors combines the dimensions of their earlier Super Slim line with a new light source. The XJ-A130 uses Casio's new proprietary Hybrid Light Engine, combining an LED and a laser to create a picture that is brighter than other purely LED-based projectors. The XJ-A130 is the entry-level product in this line, and is rated at 2,000 lumens with 1800:1 contrast. This XGA projector features a 2.0:1 powered zoom lens and instant-off technology, potentially making a presenter's life much easier - especially when they can pack it into their briefcase, rather than a separate bag.

As Casio's new light source is still young, the XJ-A130 is a first-generation product in many ways. Light output is not where it's supposed to be for some projectors early in the production run. There's a lot of fan noise, and the projector gets hot during operation. We also noticed quite a few rainbows during use, which bodes ill for those sensitive to the artifact. Despite all of this, it has a great picture for data display, and at $799 it is priced competitively.

Advantages

Low maintenance. The big buzz around this projector is Casio's new hybrid light source, which uses a combination of a red LED and a blue laser to create an image. As a result, it is supposed to be much brighter than many other LED projectors but also much longer in life than traditional metal halide lamps. While the technology is far from perfect (see the section on light output under Limitations), it shows some promise. The XJ-A130 is indeed brighter than most LED-based projectors we have seen, and is certainly far smaller than the few brighter examples which exist. Since the projector uses Texas Instruments' DLP technology, there is no air filter to clean or replace. In theory, the XJ-A130 will run until the light source finally gives out, which is estimated to take 20,000 hours.



Highly portable. The XJ-A130 is one of Casio's Green Slim projectors, with external dimensions of 11.75" x 8.25" x 1.675". That last dimension, as you might imagine given the "Slim" moniker, is height. The XJ-A130 is small enough to slip into a laptop bag or briefcase, making it easier to travel with than a portable projector in a traditional form factor. For portable presenters who are always trying to reduce baggage, especially with current baggage fees for air travel, having one fewer case to carry is a welcome improvement.

Instant off. The XJ-A130 has an instant off function, so you can start packing up immediately rather than waiting for the projector to cool down. "Instant" in this case is about two seconds, after which the fan shuts off and it's safe to unplug the power. This does not mean, however, that the projector is cool; it will still be quite warm for a few minutes afterwards. This is not a problem for most people; just make sure you don't place it in the same case as your prized wax figure collection or a bunch of chocolate bars.

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Reader Comments(10 comments)

Posted Jun 19, 2010 8:18 AM PST

By kevinp

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Any projector that does not need an expensive lamp replacement and draws less power has to be a good thing.

But I wish Casio had gone down the all laser route. and produced a 1080p projector capable of 3D (something like H.D.I. use for their T.V but mass produced to bring the price down)

There is no mention of speckle does this mean that there isn't any ?

Posted Jun 23, 2010 12:00 AM PST

By Stunko

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Wow, Casio! Lumen output down by a whopping 25% -- just after 200 hours? Where is this thing going to be after another 19,800 hours on the meter, I wonder? At 3 lumens? Maybe 4? Also, not having a hot burning UHP lamp and still having plenty of fan noise sort of defeats the purpose of not using heat generating lamps, right?

Sounds like for now, one is infinitely better off with a "traditional" RGB LED PJ, or else with the good old reliable UHP or xenon lamps. This Casio hybrid just sounds too experimental with too many downsides and poor specs.

Posted Jun 30, 2010 6:51 AM PST

By rubinhood

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My guess is that the lumen output depends on how hot the projector gets. The more heat, the more it has to limit light output so it doesn't overheat.

This should have been easy to confirm; just turn it off after the 200-hour torture, wait a few hours and turn it back on.

I can't imagine that Casio would give 3 years of warranty while the lumen decreases to 0 after 1 or 2 thousand hours of operation.

Posted Jul 14, 2010 5:01 PM PST

By hatim

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but it is the first projector has more than 2000 lumens with 20,000 hours also they have new products like XJ-A135 140 145

Posted Jul 27, 2010 1:39 PM PST

By Ed T

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Another possible feature of this projector technology might be the ability of using it in "portrait" mode or pointed straight down (no mirror necessary). I've needed this feature for some display applications, and NEC was the only company with a projector with portrait ability that I know of, and it was discontinued.

The limitations are mostly imposed by gravity and the lamp technology. I would think that there wouldn't be an issue with solid state technology as used in LASERs and LEDs. As long as the ventilation system isn't compromised, might I assume that this projector could be run in any position?

Posted Jan 12, 2011 6:06 PM PST

By Kevin Leong

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I just bought Casio projector recently from IRC and the projector is much value for money for its lamp life i personally recommend if you are a biz person who goes on far flights because it also an advantage for its light weight.

Posted Aug 3, 2011 11:08 PM PST

By Sivadas

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How sharp is the projection with normal lights ON? Please explain Thanks.

Posted Sep 13, 2011 5:07 PM PST

By interval training

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It looks nice. I like this projector.

Posted Nov 30, 2011 10:23 PM PST

By R Gopal

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The projector is good and money value and i thing it does not suit for video applications because an extra color(Violette) is spreading over the image apart from its true image color

Posted Aug 6, 2014 9:04 PM PST

By TuppyT

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Its a fallacy that the LEDs are lower in power to run. At lower brightness house lights yes. At the higher power levels needed to produce reasonable brightness for a projector normal lamps are just as good. As you can see here excessive heat is produced that's why the fans are so noisy. Also colours deteriorate differently for RED, Blue and Green. Laser offers the way forward without Lamps.

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