Casio XJ-F211WN Laser/LED Hybrid Business and Education Projector Review

Casio XJ-F211WN

The Casio XJ-F211WN is a DLP, WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution projector with a solid-state light engine. Suitable for both business and education environments, the F211WN will find its home in K-12 classrooms, school conference rooms, office conference rooms, and boardrooms. The $1049.99 Casio XJ-F211WN won a Special Award for Value Solid State in our recent Classroom Projectors Report.

We’ll begin with a brief overview of the projector and a preview of its highlights before starting a deeper discussion of its special features. We’ll take a close look at the projector’s hardware, then get into the good stuff – the projector’s picture quality and performance. I’ll summarize everything for you on our last page, as well as provide some insights into the competition and this projector’s pros and cons.

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Casio XJ-F211WN Specs
Price$1,049.99
TechnologyDLP
Native ResolutionWXGA (1280x800)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)3500
Contrast20,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio1.50:1
Lens ShiftNo
Lamp Life20,000 Hours
Weight8.4 lbs
WarrantyN/A

Overview

The Casio XJ-F211WN is a solid-state projector, with Casio’s hybrid laser/LED light engine. That light engine has a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours. Solid-state light engines tend to cost more up front than their lamp based counterparts, but the low cost of maintenance over the projector’s lifetime evens that out. This Casio is the lowest cost solid state projector we’ve reviewed for this year’s report, so, naturally, we felt it prudent to give it the Special Award for Value Solid State.

Light EngineHoursEstimated Time Before Lamp Change
Laser/LED20,0006 Hrs/Day in 180-Day School Year = 18.51 Years of Use
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This Casio has WXGA resolution (1280 x 800), which is the business and education world’s 720p. It’s the lower resolution of HD, with a different aspect ratio. The aspect ratio, or width/height ratio of the projected image, is 16:10 instead of 16:9, so make sure you get a 16:10 screen if you’re buying a new screen.

16:9 Aspect Ratio

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16:10 Aspect Ratio

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WXGA is plenty sharp for most business and K-12 applications. Higher resolutions, such as WUXGA (1920 x 1200) and 4K (3840 x 2160), are really only necessary in a few choice circumstances. Any graphics or video heavy applications, such as a video production class or graphic design class, would benefit from a higher resolution of at least WUXGA.

I can’t see a high school classroom getting a 4K projector, unless it’s in an affluent area where there is a greater focus on the arts. Higher education may have more of a need for WUXGA, but rarely 4K, except in the case of medical films, scientific renderings, simulation, architecture, film and design applications.

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The Casio XJ-F211WN claims 3,500 lumens, though it did not meet claim. Casio generally comes in lower than their claim when measured, but the F211WN is still plenty bright for your standard to large sized K-12 classroom, and for most conference rooms or board rooms. We’ll get deeper into lumens and perceived brightness on the Performance Page of this review.

The XJ-F211WN has both wired and wireless LAN via an optional adapter, and includes several features that are desirable for presentations – the application I imagine this projector will most be used for. The projector includes Casio’s Education Solutions, making it an easy choice for those who require such a feature set.

Highlights

  • 3,500 Claimed Lumens – Plenty Bright for Business/Education Environments
  • Sharp WXGA Resolution (1280 x 800)
  • Laser/LED Light Engine Lasts up to 20,000 Hours
  • Great Placement Flexibility – 1.50:1 Zoom Lens
  • 16-Watt Mono Speaker
  • Dust Resistant Design
  • Quiet Fan: 33db (Full Power), 29db (ECO)
  • Includes Casio’s Education Solutions: Wireless Features such as One Click Connection, PC Remote and Moderator Function
  • Wired and Wireless Networking

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