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Hitachi CP-X2020 Portable Projector

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500:1 Contrast Ratio
2200 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

Every now and then, we get pleasant surprises from a projector under test, and that is definitely the case with Hitachi's CP-X2020, a 1024x768 LCD classroom projector that is rated at 2,200 ANSI lumens. The first surprise is not that it meets its brightness specification, but that it does it in its 16:10 aspect ratio mode where the LCD panels are only partially illuminated. In its native XGA mode, it delivers a whopping 2,630 lumens which is nearly 20% over its rating. In a world of increasingly suspect specsmanship, this is a rare find, especially for a projector with a street price of $502.

The other shoe drops when we look at the video performance of the CP-X2020. Most projectors in this price and resolution range do a good job of projecting data images but often come up short on video quality. The CP-X2020, however, delivers video that is impactful and well balanced even if at lower than home theater resolution. It is especially impressive that its Cinema pre-set is so accurate that no adjustments of contrast, brightness, or color temperature are needed to get excellent flesh tones.

The CP-X2020 comes with a three-year warranty and an expected lamp life of 3,000 hours in Normal mode and 4,000 hours in Eco mode. A replacement lamp can be purchased for about $365, and an occasional filter vacuuming is all that is needed for maintenance. The air filter is side-mounted for easy access, and the lamp is accessed through the top cover, so replacement is simple even when the CP-X2020 is ceiling-mounted.

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