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Tech Review: Casio XJA-235 Green Slim Projector

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Posted September 23, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

Casio XJ-A235 Green Slim Projector Review »


The Casio XJ-A235 Green Slim Projector offers both an eco-friendly and compact lifestyle. Kevin Pereira and Morgan Webb review the media device that measures only 1.7" high, mercury free materials, and a laser/LED light source that can project a picture up to 100". Find out what other features come with its $1000 price tag.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

What You Need To Know

  • This projector isn't pocket sized but still portable.
  • It's less than 2" thick and weighs 5 lbs, which is about as heavy as a laptop.
  • While full size projectors have a reputation for being bulky and ugly, this Casio is smaller and lighter than most gaming consoles.
  • Casio did a nice job of making it look good on the outside, and it comes with a carrying case.
  • Setting up the projector is very easy: there are only three inputs, including one HDMI, which they did to conserve space.
  • Switching between a PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 will unfortunately require swapping wires.
  • It auto detects when a device is plugged in and instantly switches inputs.
  • The on screen menus aren't pretty but they get the job done with options to set the focus, change inputs and tweak the color settings.
  • Most ultra-bright projectors use mercury lamps, which are not environmentally friendly.
  • This Casio uses a hybrid laser and LED light, which is better for the environment but could affect the picture quality.
  • It's 2000 lumens, which is average but it's the brightest projector you can buy that doesn't contain mercury.
  • It's still powerful enough to project a picture of about 100".
  • The colors are a little washed out in daylight but it's very watchable.
  • In dimly lit and completely dark rooms, games look good and movies look even better.
  • The maximum resolution is 1280 x 800, which isn’t' quite full 1080p HD, but there's not much loss to quality when you project 1080p movies and games.
  • If your room is on the small side, there is a zoom button that increases the picture size without having to move the projector further away from the wall.
  • We found the sweet spot for picture size was around 70 or 80 inches max.

Price

  • $1,000

Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • It sounds expensive but for an 80" picture, you won't find anything in this price range.
  • It won't replace your LCD TV but it's perfect for a movie night in dorms or your next Rock Band party.

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