Like all the Casio Green Slim Projectors, the XJ-A130 is an economical, earth-friendly, low-maintenance product that incorporates a revolutionary light source for amazingly high brightness that can last 20,000 hours.
Quality and Effectiveness: This little dynamo, ecofriendly, easy to use, economical, and quick to boot, has everything a school needs in a projector.
Ease of Use: The XJ-A130 is simple to connect to computers and DVD and VCR players; input options include HDMI, component, composite, and mini D-Sub. There is a 1W mono speaker, but additional speakers may be necessary for large groups or classrooms. Onscreen menus and a compact but well-labeled remote make the projector easy to set up and adjust.
Creative Use of Technology: As part of its “clean and green” concept, Casio created the Green Slim projectors with a hybrid light source. Combining blue light emitted by a blue laser, green light converted from blue laser light with a fluorescent element, and light emitted by a high-lumen red LED through a DLP chip onto the screen, the XJ-A130 reproduces colors more vividly and has a brightness of up to 2,000 lumens and an 1,800:1 contrast ratio. The new technology also increases the light source to approximately 20,000 hours, Casio says, nearly 10 times that of conventional projectors. This translates to lower operating costs and less maintenance for the life of the unit. The projector measures approximately 11.7 x 1.7 x 8.3 inches and weighs about five pounds, so it’s small and light enough to travel to conferences or move between classrooms. The Casio projectors are compatible with HD video formats and HD video sources including Blu-Ray players, cable converter boxes, and gaming systems.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: The XJ-A130 achieves maximum brightness in as little as eight seconds after powering on, and no cool-down is needed when it is turned off. The auto-keystone feature automatically corrects distortion, and the projector has a wide-angle 2X zoom lens, both of which permit greater magnification over shorter distances. A section of the projected image can be enlarged with a zoom function, or the image can be frozen or changed to a blank screen. The Casio Web site offers a 3D virtual demonstration of ways the projectors can be used in the classroom.
¦ The mercury-free hybrid light source not only delivers a 50 percent increase in color spectrum for high-impact presentations with truer colors but also lasts longer than those of traditional projector lamps.
¦ Computer RGB, composite video, component video, and HDMI video/ audio are all supported as input sources.
¦ The XJ-A130 projector features fast startup and shutdown, so presentations can be integrated into lessons smoothly and quickly.
Retail price: $799
-- MaryAnn Karre