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Posted on April 21, 2015 by Art Feierman

The Bottom Line

The Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 is a classroom or conference room projector that is small and light enough to be considered a portable model that could easily be moved between rooms (or buildings) as needed.  It can also be ceiling mounted using an optional ceiling mount.  It is only classroom projector that we are aware of in this price range that offers a long life hybrid laser/LED light engine with adequate brightest for most classroom applications.  The projector and can be mounted in a vertical position for applications requiring that flexibility.   It projects a sharp image limited only by its native 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution. The warranty coverage period is good with 3 years on the projector and 5 years or 10,000 on the hybrid light source.


There are some limitations however.  This model has no network support, either wired or wireless, and cannot be centrally managed from a networked computer.  Also, it does not have any built-in multimedia support.  These are two capabilities that are found on a number of competitor's classroom/business projectors in this price range.  The XJ-V1 does have a RS232 port for connection to a computer, but this is of limited capability as compared to offering a networking capability.

The overall color accuracy is fairly good in the best mode, but rather poor in the maximum brightness mode.  The preset color modes are only available when the projector is operating in Eco power mode, which reduces the light output of the projector to around 1000 lumens.  When Eco power mode is turned off you have two choices for image brightness with the brightest mode having poor colors and the lower, but still fairly bright mode, offering better colors, but certainly not as good as the better of the less bright (i.e., in Eco mode) preset color modes.

You basically have the choice of: (1) getting around 2300 lumens, but with rather poor color accuracy; (2) getting around 1750 lumens with somewhat better color accuracy; or (3) getting closer to 1000 lumens when you require reasonably accurate color mode.  Some competitor's lamp-based classroom/business projectors in this price range can put out around 2000 lumens with very good colors and around 3000 in their brightest mode.

However, in its favor the XJ-V1 does offer a long lasting and low maintenance hybrid light engine.  Casio says this model can be used for applications requiring 24/7 operation as long as the power it turned off once per 24 hours.  These are features/capabilities that simply cannot be matched by traditional lamp-based projectors, and perhaps this will one of the main reasons this model will be attractive to many education and business customers.  Also this model does have an air filter that requires periodic cleaning or replacement and that further enhances the low maintenance capabilities of this model.

For schools, or businesses, where low maintenance and low operating costs are a significant concern, then the EcoLite XJ-V1 may be just what you are looking for.

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