Hitachi CP-X445 - Overview
It's true that the projector industry is pretty mature now, and as a result there are lots of great projectors out there. Even within a catagory, such as 3000 lumen ultraportable/ and fixed projectors, there are plenty of good ones to choose from. But, like choosing a car, there are often many small reasons why you like and choose one model over the others. So, it really gets down to spending just a little bit of time to choose the one who's features (and benefits) best meet your needs.
This Hitachi projector is one of a new breed of projectors. Traditionally most higher power projectors have had two things in common. They tend to weigh in over 10 lbs., and they offer interchangeable lenses. As a result they are often not suitable for frequent travel, and often cost too much as you are paying somewhat for the design and support of multiple lenses.
Not so the X445 projector. Weighing in at 8.9 pounds, and offering native XGA resolution, it produces 3200 lumens. This is a 3 chip LCD projector, with the expected vibrant, rich, accurate colors, that tend to separate LCD from small DLP projectors. There are no interchangeable lenses, however despite lacking that feature, you will find the Hitachi's CP-X445 projector, is very much equipped like similarly powered projectors that weigh several pounds more, and are physically larger. Typical of the features I am speaking of is the X445's impressive sound, pushed through four 3 watt speakers (many lighter projectors offer one, or two 1 watt speakers, so when you use most projectors in medium to medium-large rooms they definitely need external speakers to fill the room. This Hitachi does fine on sound, unless you need some really high fidelity, or really loud full range sound.
As is typical of projectors that often get ceiling mounted, it is loaded with inputs. But of note, the projector has a DVI input, for pure digital sources, in addition to the traditional analog inputs. This is an up and coming feature, that we are now seeing on a small but significant number of projectors out there.
More on this later in the warranty section, but the Hitachi projector has a particularly excellent warranty.
This Hitachi is priced as a performance model in its class. Not the least expensive by any means, but offering more than you will expect to find on a "value" projector, and certainly a projector worth considering.