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Casio XJ-S57 DLP Projector - Review Summary

Posted on June 1, 2009 by Art Feierman
A summary of the Casio XJ-S57 projector's pros, cons, and notes on related Casio Super Slim projectors with different feature sets.

Casio XJ-S57 Projector: Bottom Line

The Casio XJ-S57 is a very attractive option for the business traveler. Its diminutive size, light weight and easy setup makes for hassle-free presentations on the go. While the color reproduction of the XJ-S57 is not up to the standards the LCD competition in this price range, its text presentation at any resolution is flawless. It has a greater zoom range than many projectors in this price range and its power zoom and focus are handy features that are seldom found in its competitors.

The XJ-S57 comes with a protective soft sleeve that holds the projector, but not much else. (There is a second smaller bag for cables.) The small size, and especially the low height of the projector makes it easy to carry in a briefcase or small laptop bag, unlike almost any other portable projectors almost all of which are at least an inch and a half taller. It can also be permanently mounted, though it’s unlikely that anyone would buy this projector for that use.

If you’re in the market for a highly portable, easy to setup data projector, you could do a lot worse than the Casio XJ-S57.

Editor's note: Perhaps the three most outstanding aspects of the XJ-S57 portable projector are its thinness which allows it to fit in a briefcase, its brightness, and the placement flexibility allowed by 2:1 zoom range of its motorized lens. It really is a fraction of the bulk of most other projectors claiming 3000 lumens. The combination of all three strengths is impressive, but ultimately, the "slimness" of the Casio is what really separates it from the competition, and that aspect of its portability is really the primary key to the XJ-S57 winning one of our Hot Product awards. -art

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