Sanyo PLC-XD2200 LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Physical Tour

The Sanyo PLC-XD2200 has a clean, simple appearance.  Starting with the front panel, the lens is recessed on the left side of the front face, which keeps it protected even without its lens cap (which, like many projectors, can be tethered to the projector).  Just behind the lens, in a recess in the top of the projector, are zoom and focus adjustment rings.  There is an IR receiving eye just to the left of the lens. To the right of the lens are two stacked air intake vents.  The bottom intake vent also houses a removable filter on the bottom of the projector, which slides out from the front.  There is one front height adjustment foot in the center with the usual push-button release.  Fine height adjustments are made by screwing the foot in or out.  Unfortunately, there no adjustment feet in the rear, so table mounting should be on a fairly level surface.

Moving to the top of the projector, facing it from the front, there is a cover in the right rear for accessing the lamp.  This makes for easy lamp replacement if the projector is ceiling mounted, as you wouldn’t have to unmount the projector to replace the lamp.  In the left rear corner is a control panel with the normally used functions, including indicators for power on, lamp status and for warning of projector problems (like overheating).  There are buttons for Power, Auto Setup (which includes Input Search, Auto PC adjustment and Auto Keystone).  These are followed by buttons to bring up and select from the on-screen menu, as well as menu navigation (Up, Down, Left, Right) buttons.  The Left and Right menu navigation buttons also function as Volume Down and Up respectively.

The only thing on the left side (again facing the front of the projector), toward the front, is the built-in one-watt speaker.  On the right side, toward the front, are the power cord connector (a somewhat odd place for one), as well as two heat exhaust vents and a screw for removing the lamp cover.

Moving to the rear panel, starting at the left, there are two more heat exhaust vents.  Just right of that are an RS-232 port (for computer control of the projector) and a Kensington lock, followed by two computer input terminals.  The first input can also serve as an input for component video and S-video (with appropriate adapters – not included) and the second input also doubles as a monitor output when not in use as an input.  Continuing on, there are stereo audio inputs, a single PC audio input, a composite video input and an audio output (which is adjustable for output volume level from the remote).  Finally, there is a LAN jack for a network connection.  Below that is another air intake vent with a slide-out dust filter.

It should be noted that although the lamp cover is well placed on the top of the projector, the two dust filters (one on the bottom that slides out toward the front and the second on the rear panel that slides out along the rear) may be difficult to remove if the projector’s ceiling mounted.  As the filters need to be removed for cleaning much more often than the lamp needs to be replaced, this is something to consider if you plan on ceiling mounting the PLC-XD2200.

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