XGA LCD Classroom Projector
The TLP-X150U from Toshiba isn't fancy. It does not have all of the bells and whistles present on other projectors in its class. It has a standard 1.2:1 zoom, typical 3,000 hour lamp life, and no wired networking. It does not have the highest lumen output in its class, nor the loudest speakers. What it does have is a fantastic image, among the best we have yet seen on a classroom projector. With bright, vibrant color and great image sharpness, the TLP-X150U is a great choice for the display of photography or complex graphics. It currently sells for less than $750.
Lumen output. The TLP-X150 is rated for 2600 ANSI lumens, and our test unit measured a maximum of 2235 lumens. This is enough light for all but the largest classrooms, and more than a match for small conference and meeting rooms. If the projector is too bright for what you need, you can use low lamp mode, which reduces lumen output by 27% to 1644 lumens. Eco-mode also extends lamp life by another 1,000 hours.
Near-perfect brightness uniformity. The TLP-X150 has the best brightness uniformity we have seen since the beginning of this round of reviews, which is saying quite a bit. Our test unit had a measured brightness uniformity of 90%, which puts it on a level with home theater projectors. What this means for you is a smooth, evenly-illuminated picture that is ideal for the display of photography or complex graphics.
Bright, vibrant color. The TLP-X150 has bright, vibrant, well-balanced color. In use, photographs appear balanced, natural, and true-to-life. And since we measured the same lumen output on all of the TLP-X150's image modes, you need not worry about losing light output in order to get more accurate color.
Portability. With a thickness of less than three inches and a weight of four pounds, the TLP-X150 is highly portable. This makes it a good choice for those who may need to travel around between classrooms or even between schools. In classrooms, you'll want to make sure that you use some sort of physical security, as a projector this small can easily be stuffed inside a backpack.
Good edge-to-edge sharpness. When showing detailed content, the sharpness and clarity of the image on screen are paramount. The TLP-X150 is especially suited to the display of this content due to its excellent edge-to-edge sharpness. Every detail of the source material makes it on to the screen, with no loss of fidelity. In this sense, the projector is transparent - it does not change the material it is displaying.
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