Posted on May 16, 2014 Art Feierman
Ask Proxima’s portable WXGA projector is a no-frills, low-cost powerhouse. It provides a terrific combination of high brightness and excellent color fidelity.
The Ask Proxima C3327W-A is a lightweight (6.7 lbs.), portable widescreen WXGA (1280 X 800) LCD projector with solid performance at a price that makes it a good value and is easily adaptable to the boardroom, conference room or classroom. The C3327W-A can be connected to a PC (or Mac) via the traditional VGA cable (or DVI to VGA for Mac users), or HDMI. It has specified output of 3200 lumens and a 1.2X zoom lens, as well as digital zooming.
The C3327W-A features a number of built-in test patterns to aid setup. It also has the ability to be used with additional projectors to display a larger image through use of its built-in edge blending. The C3327W-A can accommodate most video input types and also has the ability to pass through audio. The lamp is a long life type with an estimated 6000 hours when used in Eco mode.
Also in Ask Proxima’s C3000 series projectors, are four XGA resolution projectors. There are the C3307-A and C3257-A, which have similar features to the C3327W-A, but are rated at 3100 and 2700 lumens respectively. The other two projectors are the C3305-A and the C3325-A, which have the same lumen ratings as their higher numbered siblings, but do not have network control or an HDMI input.
The C3327W-A’s light weight and size makes it extremely portable (13.4″ wide,9.5″ front to back, and 3.4″ high). With dimensions only slightly greater than a laptop computer, the C3327W-A is a great choice for the “road warrior” that needs to travel with their own projector. It could easily fit under an airplane seat along with your laptop. Unfortunately, it does not come with its own carry bag, but you could easily use a laptop bag.
The C3327W-A has a three year (or 3000 hour) parts and service warranty on the projector and a one year (or 1000 hour) warranty on the lamp. Three years is a very good warranty for a projector in this class, but the 3000 hour restriction could be an issue for heavy users. The one year or 1000 hour warranty on the lamp is much better than the 90-day lamp warranty we’re accustomed to seeing.
In addition to the warranty, Ask Proxima also provides an advance replacement projector for the first year of the warranty. If something goes wrong, they will ship you a replacement projector before you send the defective projector in for repair, to minimize any down time. In the second year of the warranty, a replacement projector will be provided once the defective projector has been sent in.
Ask Proxima also offers extended service plans at additional cost.
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