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Casio XJ-UT310WN LED Laser UST Projector Review – Summary 2

CASIO XJ-UT310WN ULTRA SHORT THROW PROJECTOR – SUMMARY Page 2:  Features and the Bottom Line, Pros and Cons

Features, And, The Bottom Line

The Casio is a solid ultra short throw projector.  It’s not what I would call a fully interactive projector but does have interactive capabilities via its apps for smart phones and tablets.

What sets it apart from the competition, of course is that it uses a solid state light engine, rated up to 20,000 hours.  You’ll pay more up front for this Casio of course (1799 list price), than similarly designed ultra short throw projectors that are lamp based, but as stated above, if used heavily, it should cost less in the long run, and be less hassle, in terms of no lamps to buy and replace.

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The sharpness is impressive for a UST projector.   The color is definitely  “respectable” but if you need really accurate color, say for viewing videos or viewing serious photography, you can find better color out there.  For the typical business, school or government application though the color should be just fine.   In fact I’d say its better than most of the DLP competition.

The feature set is very strong.  You can ding it for not having a full set of interactive features including pens or annotating with your fingers on the screen.  You’ll have to decide how much interactivity you want and will pay for.  As an example, Epson makes some UST’s with and without full interactivity.  The Epson with a feature set similar to the Casio, is several hundred less, but uses lamps that will need replacing.  Their full blown interactive is about $400 more than the Casio, and still uses lamps, not a long life engine.

3D capability is limited in terms of formats supported, but networking support, by comparison, is especially strong.

All considered the Casio XJ-UT310WN has to be considered a cut above the average ultra short throw projector.  It’s not inexpensive, but it is, price wise, competitive!

Casio is the #1 player in terms of solid state light engines.  With the UT310WN, they currently “own” the ultra short throw field, in terms of those with solid state light engines.  They aren’t the only player – Panasonic, and also, I believe, Sony, now have ultra short throw optional lenses for their laser projectors, but, considering those lenses alone cost a lot more than this projector, we’re talking upward of $6000 – 3x the price.

I am pretty impressed. I just wish our photos better represented the color quality that the projector puts on the screen.  Good job!

Casio XJ-UT310WN Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Ultra short throw design
  • Long life hybrid LED/Laser light source
  • App based interactivity
  • Wired and wireless networking
  • Support for multiple industry networking “standards” including Crestron
  • Very sharp image
  • Good, though not great color
  • Very nice File player with 2 Gig memory, supports images, videos and can do Powerpoint (converted), and more
  • Hefty audio from 16 watt speaker
  • Multiple audio inputs, and an audio out
  • Small, but nicely laid out remote control
  • Very energy efficient
  • Great warranty – 3 years P/L, and 5 years on LED/Laser light engine
  • Very nice collection of minor features

Cons

  • Color, while respectable, could be better
  • Video and photos handling definitely acceptable, but not great
  • Although App based interactivity, no pen or touch interactivity
  • 2nd HDMI port would be a plus
  • High initial cost due to long life light engine
  • Remote not backlit (although that’s typical for biz projectors)
  • Limited 3D support