Casio XJ-A140 XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review
A summary of the Casio XJ-A140 projector’s pros, cons.
Update: Since the time we initially reviewed and measured the A140 and then the A130 (see the Performance page), it has come to light that a number of these Casio GreenSlim (LED/laser light source) projectors like the A140 have been measuring unacceptably low. This has been confirmed from several sources, including Casio. Since that was discovered, Casio says it has identified and corrected the mirror alignment problem they say was responsible. Meantime I have still another A140 here, which measures low. It is one of the older projectors however. I’m working to locate a couple of random projectors from the latest shipment, to confirm Casio’s assertion. Assuming the problem is rectified, the XJ-A140 remains the excellent projector that caused us to give it a Best In Classroom – RunnerUp award. I will update, hopefully shortly, when I am confident Casio has this situation rectified. 6-27-10 -art
Casio XJ-A140 Projector: Bottom Line
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The bottom line on the Casio XJ-A140 is the projector performs very well when it comes to image quality, ergonomic design and innovation with its estimated 20,000 hour lamp life. The XJ-A140 size and low profile of less than two inches really make it ideal for the traveling presenter. The 2X zoom lens allows so much placement flexibility that I can’t imagine an environment where you could not get the desired image size you need to make for an effective presentation. Although it can be ceiling mounted for permanent installations, its lack of features out of the box would not make this my first choice as permanent install projector. Although, the projector was never really designed to sit in one place. The XJ-A140 really should primarily be considered if you travel or need a portable unit that will get shared in a building or similar working environment.
One thing you can expect from the Casio XJ-A140 is very easy setup. Also it is really easy to control with its very well thought out remote. What is also nice is that there is a very slim chance you will ever run into lamp problems while on the road because of the new Laser LED technology. This might be why it does not have a over night replacement program like some manufacturers provide. The projector does run a bit on the hot side, but other ultra-portable units can have the same problem. With an MSRP at this time of $849 it is worth considering. If you plan to show video from an HD source make sure to order a HDMI cable or if Component Video is going to be your source make sure you order the VGA to Component cable.
Casio XJ-A140 Projector: Pros
- Very portable. Fits easily in a laptop bag
- Estimated 20,000 hours of lamp life
- Filter free technology so no filter to clean or replace
- Sharp image even when projecting higher than native resolutions
- Sets up easily and quickly with two rear adjustable feet and adjustable front foot
- Full featured control panel on the top of the projector
- Full featured and well designed remote control
Casio XJ-A140 Projector: Cons
- Runs extremely hot while in factory settings mode
- No wireless connectivty
- Will need HDMI cable or Component to VGA cable for HD content
- No Monitor out port
- Audible noise in standard brightness mode is louder than most
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