Posted on September 17, 2018 By Chris Kahl
Casio XJ-A257 Portable Laser Projector Review – Special Features: Linkage to Casio Digital Equipment, Networking, PC Free Presentations/Onboard Media Player with 2GB Internal Memory, Laser & LED Hybrid Light Engine
The Casio XJ-A257 is able to connect to Casio EXILIM point-and-shoot digital cameras without requiring images to be offloaded from the camera to another storage device. A great feature for mathematics classrooms is the ability of this projector to connect to Casio graphing calculators, projecting an otherwise small screen in to one the entire class is able to follow along with.
The Casio XJ-A257 projector does not have a LAN (RJ-45) port, nor does it have built-in-wireless. What it does have is a USB port with built-in support for a wireless module, which is included with the projector. This allows presenters to connect to the projector as an access point via PC, Mac, smartphone or tablet. Apps are available for iOS and Android. This Casio projector allows for control via C-Assist, for smooth meetings and presentations.
The Casio XJ-A257 offers an onboard media player and file viewer for PC Free presentations, with options for Presentation, PDF Viewer, Slides, Movie, and Settings.
The Settings menu on the Casio XJ-A257 onboard media player.
The file selection screen in the onboard media player on the Casio XJ-A257.
An infographic projected via the Casio XJ-A257 Portable Laser Projector's onboard media player and file viewer.
The Casio XJ-A257 features 2GB of internal memory, storing presentations, videos and graphics onboard, adding to the portability of this already ultra-portable projector by reducing the need for external storage. If you are using an external storage device, the projector allows a card reader to be connected to the USB port in addition to the ability to use a standard flash drive.
The Casio XJ-A257 features a “Lamp Free” light source. The projector is equipped with a Laser & LED Hybrid light engine, which offers several great benefits. Since you are not running a traditional lamp that burns out after a few hundred or few thousand hours, you won’t have to source and purchase a new lamp, which saves on maintenance costs over time. Most traditional lamps contain the poisonous element mercury, so by eliminating a lamp that contains mercury, you also eliminate the possibility of accidental exposure while also being more environmentally friendly.
This Laser & LED Hybrid light engine provides an astounding 20,000 hours of life. That’s a lifespan of more than 2 years, 3 months of continuous 24/7 operation. At a pace of usage of eight hours a day, five days a week, the lifespan is a whopping 9 and a half years. The projector will be obsolete long before the light source reaches its end of life.
The Casio XJ-A257’s Laser & LED Hybrid light engine is a true technological breakthrough, combining a new semiconductor-based light source system with a blue laser, phosphor and a red LED, full brightness is reached in a mere 8 seconds. Bright images are possible even in rooms with bright ambient lighting, including open windows. This light source maintains its brightness for vivid image quality even through long-term use.
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