Hitachi CP-TW2503 Projector Review - Pro and Cons

August 27, 2014
HITACHI CP-TW2503 - Pro and Cons


  • Bright 2700 lumens – enough to handle most classrooms, training rooms without difficulty
  • Exceptionally sharp image for an ultra short throw projector
  • Very good color in the best picture mode
  • Extensive adjustments available to improve image quality
  • Advanced adjustments offered to correct image geometry
  • Comprehensive built-in interactive controls for use with up to 4 pens (2 supplied)
  • Interactive software supplied for PC and Mac
  • iOS and Android apps available
  • Ultra short throw design, so as not to blind presenter, and reduces installation costs
  • Built-in 16 watt speaker system adequte to cover typical classrooms and smaller conference rooms
  • Audio out to easily interface with a room audio system or external powered speakers
  • Good remote control, in terms of layout, and range
  • Very comprehensive menus with a well laid out structure
  • Extensive, advanced networking, including Crestron  compatibility, with support for presentations over the network, push notifications, monitoring, etc.
  • Supports PC-free presentations using photos, videos, audio files and side shows stored on a USB flash drive
  • Easy wireless networking, via optional plug-in module
  • Multiple Eco features – timers, to feel good and reduce operational costs
  • Low lamp replacement cost help to keep overall costs below that of led or laser projectors
  • Extensive collection of inputs and connectors
  • Digital zoom and magnify allows reducing overall image size or zooming in on a small area of the image
  • Electronic Keystone correction and the "Perfect Fit-2" feature make it easy to obtain perfect image geometry
  • Auto and manual calibration for the interactive screen makes quick work of the initial setup and keeping the touch positions accurately aligned with the image
  • Flexible mounting with table mounted, Wall mounted above the projection surface (e.g., whiteboard) or  mounted vertically for projecting down onto a table top
  • Software provided to allows any multiple networked projectors to be managed from one centralized computer
  • Long life air filter
  • 3 year parts and labor warranty


  • Ultra short nature requires precise placement of projector to fill the projection surface accurately (no zoom, but no ultra short throws have optical zoom)
  • Remote lacks backlight and the grey lettering on the black remote is difficult to read in low light
  • Contrast and black levels could be improved, although since normally used in not fully darkened rooms where the difference would be significant
  • Sound volume and quality from built-in speaker is only average and cannot be played as loud nor have as much bass as some competing models
  • At almost 10 lbs, not particularly portable, which is too bad considering the great interactive capabilities
  • Filters to change (but not very often), which like replacing lamps, is a factor in overall cost of operation/maintenance
  • Not inexpensive – relatively high list price but street price is competitive withultra short throw interactive projectors from other manufacturers
  • No support for MHL over HDMI input, as offered on some competitive projectors
  • Warranty does not include a quick exchange program as is being offered by some other manufacturers

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