Posted on June 18, 2020 By Nikki Zelinger
Casio XJ-F211WN Laser/LED Hybrid Projector Review – Picture and Sound Quality: Color Modes, Video Image Quality, Text and Presentation Quality, Audio Quality
Casio XJ-F211WN Color Mode: Theater
Casio XJ-F211WN Color Mode: Graphic
Casio XJ-F211WN Color Mode: Natural
Casio XJ-F211WN Color Mode: Blackboard
Casio XJ-F211WN Color Mode: Standard
The Casio XJ-F211WN has 5 color modes: Standard, Graphic, Theater, Blackboard, and Natural. Of the Casio projectors I’ve reviewed over my time at Projector Reviews, this XJ-F211WN has some of the best color. Its two “best modes,” as we like to call them, are Theater and Graphic. Theater is a mode best suited for video, as its slightly magenta tint gives a natural look to skin tones. Graphic is the best mode for presentations, websites, and text documents, although Natural could easily be used as well.
Standard has the usual strong greens and yellows of a brightest mode, though it’s certainly not as bad as many other projectors I’ve seen. We call this your “break glass in case of emergency mode,” to be used in environments where you really need all the lumens you can get. Blackboard Mode is used for projecting on blackboards, so if your “screen” is a blackboard, as it may be in some classrooms, this is the mode you will want to use.
A scene from Journey to Space on BluRay, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Theater Mode.
The video image quality of this Casio is really good. That’s no surprise, given that this projector has WXGA resolution. That’s the business and education world’s 720p, which is the lower resolution of HD. For classrooms and conference rooms, this is quite enough resolution for all their needs. The only reason you’d need WUXGA, the equivalent to 1080p, is for a film class, graphic design, other visual arts at the high school level, or scientific/engineering classes at the university level.
These photos in the slider above are from a BluRay disk of Journey to Space, taken in Theater Mode. The photos in the slider below were taken from two different streaming services: Netflix and Disney+. They were also taken in Theater Mode. If you need a bit more brightness than what Theater Mode can give (details on the following page), then Natural Mode would be your best bet.
A scene from the Netflix show Explained, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Theater Mode.
A scene from the Disney+ documentary Drain the Sunken Pirate City, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Theater Mode.
Text readability is of paramount importance when it comes to a projector for classroom environments. Text needs to be sharp and clear enough so that students at the back of the room can read the information (almost) as well as those at the front. See our article on Equivalent Visibility to help with this.
Text on the XJ-F211WN is readable in all sizes. I expect this projector to be most suitable in small to medium-sized classrooms when projecting 12-point font. See our test image above for the projector’s performance on varying font sizes.
A PowerPoint presentation project, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Graphic Mode.
A presentation slide, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Graphic Mode.
The Boeing website, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Graphic Mode.
The SpaceX website, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Graphic Mode.
The National Geographic website, projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN in Graphic Mode.
The photos in the slider above were taken in Graphic Mode, the best mode for presentations, websites, and infographics. These photos include PowerPoint slides and websites to show you real-world examples of the projector’s capabilities for such applications. The photos below show infographics with smaller font projected by the Casio XJ-F211WN.
The Casio XJ-F211WN has a 16-watt mono speaker. That thing is loud. Plenty loud for a large classroom or conference room, just above half-volume. I wouldn’t crank it up all the way, though. The sound gets highly distorted at full volume, but that distortion dissipates the lower the volume goes. About 5-6 clicks down, you’ll get good sound, loud enough for the environments in which this projector will be used.
Of course, being an onboard speaker, you don’t get any real bass. That shouldn’t be a problem unless you’re getting this projector for a film class, like my husband’s class, where the students may be learning about sound design in films. If that’s the case, you’d only need some external speakers to make this work.
That’s it for Picture and Sound Quality. Next up, we have our Performance Page, where we talk brightness, contrast, and audible noise.
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