Sanyo PLC-XD2200 LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Sanyo PLC-XD2200 Remote Control

The PLC-XD2200’s remote control is a small, white remote with gray buttons (except for the Power button which is a bright red).  Buttons are appropriately grouped and cover many of the important functions without accessing them through the menu.  For example, while many projector remotes allow for scrolling through the various inputs, the PLC-XD2200 remote allows the user to individually selecting each video input.  Also, scrolling through image modes and switching lamp mode can be performed on the remote.  There are also buttons for Auto Setup, image blanking and freezing, audio volume and mute, digital zoom, info, P-timer and keystone correction.

As is the norm with multimedia projectors, the buttons are not backlit or even glow-in-the-dark, as backlighting can often be distracting.  With a remote this small and as simple as the PLC-XD220 is to operate, there is no problem using the remote in darkened rooms.

Sanyo PLC-XD2200 Setup & Menus

Setup of the PLC-XD2200 is quick and easy.  As with many projectors in the PLC-XD2200’s class, zoom range is limited.  So, unless you’re using the projector on a movable cart, you’ll need to consult the user guide to find out how far the projector needs to be from your particular screen.  Although the lack of rear height adjustment feet necessitates are fairly level surface (when table mounting), the image height can be quickly adjusted with the front adjustment foot.  If the front height adjustment is not extreme, the auto-keystoning feature makes will square the image to the screen with minimal edge distortion.  We typically recommend that if you have to use keystone adjustment, you should keep it to a minimum to avoid unwanted picture distortion and the PLC-XD2200 is no exception.  That being said, the auto keystone feature in the PLC-XD2200 certainly comes in handy for quick setup and works quite well.

Bringing up the menu, the user goes to Image Select to choose the desired image mode and then to Image Adjust to make the usual adjustments (contrast, brightness, color and tint) to the picture.  Unlike many projectors in this class, there is an expanded range of adjustments available to the user in any image mode (except Blackboard or Colorboard).  These include a choice of four different color temperatures, white balance (red, green and blue) and gamma.  While many users may not have a need for these adjustments, they can come in handy presenting images with dark scenes (where the gamma control can improve shadow detail) or with whites that look too red, blue or green (color temp and white balance).  All of the settings can be stored in any one of four User modes, allowing the presenter to select a mode that fits best with his or her particular presentation.  This level of control is not often seen in this class of projector, and is a welcome feature of the PLC-XD2200.

If you’re not using a screen, the PLC-XD2200 has settings for a variety of surfaces.  In addition to the usual Blackboard setting, there are also color profiles for Red, Blue, Yellow and Green surfaces.  This allows for better color balance with any surface.

Sanyo PLC-XD2200 Remote Control

The PLC-XD2200’s remote control is a small, white remote with gray buttons (except for the Power button which is a bright red).  Buttons are appropriately grouped and cover many of the important functions without accessing them through the menu.  For example, while many projector remotes allow for scrolling through the various inputs, the PLC-XD2200 remote allows the user to individually selecting each video input.  Also, scrolling through image modes and switching lamp mode can be performed on the remote.  There are also buttons for Auto Setup, image blanking and freezing, audio volume and mute, digital zoom, info, P-timer and keystone correction.

As is the norm with multimedia projectors, the buttons are not backlit or even glow-in-the-dark, as backlighting can often be distracting.  With a remote this small and as simple as the PLC-XD220 is to operate, there is no problem using the remote in darkened rooms.

Sanyo PLC-XD2200 Setup & Menus

Setup of the PLC-XD2200 is quick and easy.  As with many projectors in the PLC-XD2200’s class, zoom range is limited.  So, unless you’re using the projector on a movable cart, you’ll need to consult the user guide to find out how far the projector needs to be from your particular screen.  Although the lack of rear height adjustment feet necessitates are fairly level surface (when table mounting), the image height can be quickly adjusted with the front adjustment foot.  If the front height adjustment is not extreme, the auto-keystoning feature makes will square the image to the screen with minimal edge distortion.  We typically recommend that if you have to use keystone adjustment, you should keep it to a minimum to avoid unwanted picture distortion and the PLC-XD2200 is no exception.  That being said, the auto keystone feature in the PLC-XD2200 certainly comes in handy for quick setup and works quite well.

Bringing up the menu, the user goes to Image Select to choose the desired image mode and then to Image Adjust to make the usual adjustments (contrast, brightness, color and tint) to the picture.  Unlike many projectors in this class, there is an expanded range of adjustments available to the user in any image mode (except Blackboard or Colorboard).  These include a choice of four different color temperatures, white balance (red, green and blue) and gamma.  While many users may not have a need for these adjustments, they can come in handy presenting images with dark scenes (where the gamma control can improve shadow detail) or with whites that look too red, blue or green (color temp and white balance).  All of the settings can be stored in any one of four User modes, allowing the presenter to select a mode that fits best with his or her particular presentation.  This level of control is not often seen in this class of projector, and is a welcome feature of the PLC-XD2200.

If you’re not using a screen, the PLC-XD2200 has settings for a variety of surfaces.  In addition to the usual Blackboard setting, there are also color profiles for Red, Blue, Yellow and Green surfaces.  This allows for better color balance with any surface.

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