Ricoh PJ WX4310N – Summary

The Ricoh PJ-WX4310N earned our Special Interest Award. Below is a summary of our review.

Special Interest Award

Bottom Line

When you break it all down the Ricoh PJ WX4310N DLP projector is a good choice for those that want a ultra-short-throw projector that is both bright and fairly portable. Ultra-short-throw projectors are ideal for those that plan to use interactive software tools or want to write over their presentation on blackboard or whiteboard. The close proximity reduces the shadows your body would normally create on the surface of your presentation.

The PJ WX4310N’s native resolution of 1280×800 is standard in 16:10 aspect ratio projectors and the projectors ability to show high resolutions was very satisfactory. It is no match for a projector with a higher native resolution, but it can go toe-to-toe with projectors in its own resolution class.

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With a brightness level of 2500 lumens, the Ricoh puts out enough brightness to be vibrant with the lights on, and even a few windows of sunlight wouldn’t keep this projector from delivering.

If options are what you want, and the ability to use this projector in many different ways, then the Ricoh PJ WX4310N is really hard to compete with. The ability to produce a 80 inch diagonal image with the projector being only 9.8 inches from the screen is impressive. Consider that you now have no limitations on room depth to achieve the image you want. You also do not have to worry about the projector sitting within the audience. It’s all up front near the screen.

Connectivity, and the ability to accept a wide variety of signals natively is also a final aspect of this projector that really needs reiterating. The ability to accept HDMI and the projectors wireless and wired LAN capabilities really make the Ricoh PJ WX4310N a projector to really consider. The HDMI will also allow the projector to really shine when showing video from a DVD player, or your computer.

Pros

  • Projector has both wired and wireless LAN connectivity
  • Can project a 80 inch diagonal image from just 9.8 inches from the screen
  • Is ultra-short-throw and yet does not have a large lens protruding from the projector that can be damaged during transport
  • Has remote mouse capabilities
  • The projector is 3D capable
  • Bright at 2500 lumens so you can present in the very well lit rooms
  • Three adjustable feet at the bottom of the projector making it very easy to setup
  • A great projector for interactivity

Cons

  • Color reproduction was not as good as most DLP projectors on the market
  • The image was a little more pixelated than most projectors in its class
  • Lamp life is only average at 3000 hours
  • Projector will require maintenance over time compared to LED projectors. However, as of this writing there are next to zero projectors that can produce the image size this projector can and only be 9.8 inches from the screen.

 

This projector review is included in our 2014-2015 Best Classroom Projectors Report, which is sponsored by Epson America.

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