Hitachi CP-A100 Projector - Review Summary
A summary of the Hitachi CP-A100 projector's pros, cons, and typical capabilities.
3-31-09 -Mike Rollett
Hitachi CP-A100 Projector: Bottom Line
The CP-A100 is a great solution for classrooms and conference rooms where a large screen size is not needed, space is at a premium and keeping both the projector and wiring out of the way is desirable.
The CP-A100 fares well when compared with other short throw projectors, like the Sanyo PLC-XL50 and Panasonic Powerlite 400W. While the Powerlite 400W offers more portability and widescreen resolution, it does not approach the throw distance of the CP-A100 and puts out 25% less lumens. The PLC-XL50 offers a similar ultra short throw like the CP-A100, but at 20% fewer lumens and without the installation flexibility.
While not recommended for movie viewing, the CP-A100’s deep, rich colors make photo and video viewing a pleasant experience. At street prices well below its $2500 list price and with its optional mounting package, it is an attractive choice for a school or company that is looking for a out-of-the-way installation.
All considered, the Hitachi CP-A100 is a pretty unique projector, with, really, only one, maybe two other projectors on the market that can match its level of ultra-short-throw. Ultra-short throw projectors like this Hitachi are more expensive than the "normal" ultra-short throw projectors such as the Epson Powerlite 400W which we reviewed late last summer. In truth those others should simply be called "very short throw projectors", as they really can'b be placed close enough so that a presenter can stand by the screen and not be between the projector and screen. Hitachi is achieving the goal that those others just can't do, which is get the projector within a foot or so of the screen.
All considered, we recognize the value delivered. The CP-A100 performed solidly in all areas, and as a result should prove popular with those needing a true ultra-short-throw solution. The CP-A100 projector therefore earns our Hot Product Award!
Hitachi CP-A100 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities
Hitachi CP-A100 Projector: Pros
Ultra short throw allows it to be wall mounted above the screen
Decent brightness at almost 2500 lumens
Good overall image at its native resolution
Very good warranty
Quick power up and fast cool down
Reasonably quiet even in Standard mode
Networking abilities including email notification for maintenance and mechanical problems, as well as linking multiple projectors with one computer on the network
Hitachi CP-A100 Projector: Cons
No digital (HDMI or DVI) inputs
Difficult to set up as the smallest movement causes big changes on-screen
Remote has too many buttons the same size
Has dust filter that must be maintained
No video display ability over network connection
Hitachi CP-A100 Projector: Typical Capabilities
- Length of warranty
- Documentation - actually pretty good, but lack of hard copy manual, can be a nuisance
- Small 1 watt speaker provides adequate sound for presenting in smaller rooms (that's also typical for this sized projector, and even some larger ones)
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