Hitachi CP-D10 Ultra Short Throw LCD Projector Review

Hitachi CP-D10 Projector: Bottom Line

The CP-D10 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-D10 fares well when compared with other short throw projectors, like the previously reviewed Sanyo PLC-XL50 and Epson Powerlite 400W.  While the Powerlite 400W offers networking ability and widescreen resolution, it costs more and isn’t quite as sharp.  The PLC-XL50 offers a shorter throw, but again like the Powerlite 400W, it’s not as sharp, less portable and is much more expensive than the CP-D10.
While it’s not likely to be used much for movie viewing, the CP-D10’s deep, rich colors make for more than capable photo and video performance.

Overall, the Hitachi CP-D10 provides a nice combination of short throw, portability, well-saturated colors and good sharpness with any resolution.  Combine this with a price under $1000 and I’m sure you’ll find the CP-D10 showing up in many schools and conference rooms.

Hitachi CP-D10 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Hitachi CP-D10 Projector: Pros

  • Short throw allows it to be wall mounted above the screen
  • Good brightness at almost 2000 lumens
  • Longer than average lamp life in “eco-mode” – 4000 hours
  • Three sets of audio inputs, plus audio out
  • Line templates for writing on whiteboard presentations
  • Very good overall image, even at higher resolutions than native resolution
  • Very good warranty
  • Low maintenance dust filter

Hitachi CP-D10 Projector: Cons

  • No digital (HDMI or DVI) inputs
  • Difficult to set up as the smallest movement causes big changes on-screen
  • No networking ability
  • One-watt built-in speaker is not loud enough for most uses
  • Remote has too many buttons the same size

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