XGA Classroom Projector
Low maintenance. The XD250 is a DLP projector, and as such has a filter-free design. Aside from changing the lamp, you do not need to do much to maintain the projector. Mitsubishi does recommend occasionally vacuuming any residual dust out of the air vents, so it is not entirely maintenance free.
The lamp itself has a life of 6,000 hours when in eco-mode. No, that is not a typo - Mitsubishi claims that their lamp will not burn out for six thousand hours. If a school day is six hours long, and a school year lasts for 180 days, the XD250 could run in eco-mode for five and a half years before requiring a lamp replacement. Replacement lamps, by the way, are $299, which works out to a per-hour operating cost of less than a nickel. With school budgets being cut left and right, planning for the future is more important than ever - and the XD250U will likely still be running when your current students have long since graduated.
10-watt speaker. The XD250 has a ten-watt speaker, which is among the best in this class of projector. The speaker is easily loud enough to reach every student in a medium or large classroom, or even a small lecture hall. One thing you will want to avoid is placing the projector too close to yourself or the audience if you plan to use the speaker; it is loud enough to cause great discomfort at full volume.
Security. Aside from the Kensington and cable locking points, the XD250 has a choice of three password functions. Users can select from a "Display Input" password, a "Menu Access" password, and a "Splash/ID Screen" password. Perhaps the best part, though, is that these passwords must be input from the remote, as the projector has no hardwired control panel to speak of. Aside from buttons for power on/off and source, the top of the case is bare.
Color brightness. The XD250 has a 2x-speed, six-segment color wheel, and one of those segments is white. As such, whenever the white segment of the color wheel is active, white portions of a projected image will appear to be much brighter than colored portions - twice as bright, in fact. This is especially apparent if you have a colored square in the middle of a white field, or vice versa - the disparity in brightness is distracting. However, when using the XD250 with PowerPoint presentations or text documents, this disparity is much less visible. In fact, as long as you do not plan to use the XD250 solely for the display of photography, there's little cause for concern.
Poor remote control. The remote control is covered in tiny buttons which are labeled in equally tiny type. It appears that Mitsubishi uses this same model of remote for several projectors, as some of the buttons do nothing at all. Since the projector has no hardwired control panel, this is somewhat annoying. After a few weeks, though, users should become accustomed to the remote, or be able to badger their IT staff into hooking up RS-232 functionality.
The Mitsubishi XD250U is a powerful bundle of classroom performance. It brings together high lumen output, great connectivity, and almost zero maintenance in an affordable package that's perfect for classroom use. With several extra features like Mitsubishi's Audio Mix and password protection, the XD250U is a great value at $899.
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