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Ask Proxima C3327W-A Projector Review - Performance

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Art Feierman
ASK PROXIMA C3327W-A REVIEW - PERFORMANCE:  Brightness, Audible Noise, Wired Networking


The C3327W-A is rated at 3200 lumens. As we noted with the Ask Proxima E1655U, the C3327W-A came very close to achieving its rated spec. In Normal mode (the brightest), we measured 3026 lumens at mid-zoom range. Due to the limited zoom range, at full wide zoom, this increased to only 3056 lumens. At full tele zoom, we measured 2963 lumens.


Natural mode was nearly equal to Normal mode, checking in at 2996 lumens.  Using Cinema mode (which also provided the best color), the output dropped significantly to 2547 lumens.  Other modes were as follows: Blackboard (Green) which provide 2547 lumens, User, which was equal to Natural at 2996 lumens and Colorboard, which allows for different colored surfaces such as Red at 2502 lumens, Blue at 2547 lumens, Yellow at 2307 lumens and Green at 2592 lumens.

Dropping the lamp into Low brightness mode resulted in a huge 42.6% drop in lumen output.  With Normal mode, this still gives you 1758 lumens which should be sufficient for most uses and gives you the added benefit of a 6000 hour lamp life.

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Due to its compact size, the Ask Proxima C3327W-A was fairly noisy in normal lamp mode, but similar to other projectors in its class. It’s rated at 34 dB in Normal lamp mode, which is lower than many multimedia projectors, but subjectively, it didn't seem any quieter than the competition. Using Eco lamp mode, the noise level drops to a more typical level of 32 dB.  Subjectively, the C3327W-A seems much quieter in Eco lamp mode, certainly more than the 2 dB drop would lead you to believe.  As usual, decibel ratings, just like lumen ratings, should be taken with a grain of salt as neither often adheres to any standard. In any event, we did not find the noise to be objectionable during normal presentations.

As we noted earlier in this review, the C3327W-A has a built-in, seven-watt speaker. This speaker had difficulty overcoming the fan noise in Normal lamp mode, so you’ll probably only need externally powered speakers for presentations in larger venues.

Wired Networking

The C3327W-A, with a wired network connection, offers the standard control and notification options.  You get the usual remote monitoring (including email notification) and admin features, as well as control features pretty much equal to those from the remote control.  Control is the typical web browser-based type.  There is no provision for wireless network control or compatibility with other network control software such as Crestron or AMX.

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