Projector Reviews

CHRISTIE LWU530-APS PROJECTOR REVIEW – SUMMARY

CHRISTIE LWU530 PROJECTOR REVIEW – SUMMARY: Highlights, Value Proposition, Pros and Cons

HIGHLIGHTS

The Christie LWU530-APS is a 5,000 ANSI lumen business class laser projector with WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200) resolution, that can accept 4K content. It is part of Christie’s APS-Series which is the manufacturer’s most affordable lineup of mid-brightness laser projectors.

The LWU530’s laser light engine is rated for 20,000 hours of maintenance free operation in high power. The LWU530 includes advanced networking capabilities that include network control, remote monitoring and IP content playback.

It has flexible input/output options, on-board 16W speaker, omni-directional installation capabilities make it a great option for classrooms, museums, and small-sized auditoriums.

VALUE PROPOSITION

The LWU530 is part of Christie’s APS-Series projector lineup whose goal is to produce a mid-brightness business/education laser projector at an affordable price. Many 5,000 lumen business projectors under $2,500 are DLP units. Since the LWU530 is a 3LCD unit, its color brightness output (Lumens) equals its white Lumens output which can result in better color reproduction.

There are a couple of 5,000 lumen laser WUXGA projectors available in the LWU530’s price range including the NECP525UL and Panasonic PTVMZ50U both which I reviewed this year. Feature and performance wise, the three units are pretty similar.

The main exception is that the LWU530 has a DICOM SIM picture mode which is great for medical education applications. The Christie LWU also has a more extensive video adjustments which makes it easier to precisely fine tune the image to fit your environment

The Christie LWU530’s combination of value, high-brightness, compact chassis, installation flexibility, and maintenance-free operation makes it a great option for a classroom or a conference room.

PROS AND CONS

Pros

  • 5,000 ANSI lumens (color and white)
  • Laser Light Engine rated for 20,000 Hours (Normal Power Mode)
  • Accepts 4K SDR content up to 30P
  • DICOM Simulation mode
  • HDBaseT- 4K HDMI content over low-cost CAT5/6 cable,
    • Up to 100 meters
    • Optional HDBaseT transmitter required
  • Optional wireless network adapter
  • Advanced network control and monitoring (includes support for Crestron, AMX…)
  • Projector can be mounted at any angle and in Portrait mode
  • Split screen capability
  • 5-year (10,000 hour) parts/labor warranty

 

Cons

  • No 3D capability
  • Only WUXGA resolution
  • Color accuracy come be better out of the box
    • Easily fine-tuned using LWU530 color management settings
  • Black levels could be better still, despite the laser engine dimming with dynamic iris type action
    • In fairness, most intended applications the enhanced brightness would be consider a far bigger benefit than deeper black level