Casio XJ-V1 EcoLite LampFree Projector Review

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Today I’ll be taking a look at the Casio XJ-V1 EcoLite LampFree Projector. Now, there was much pre-release chatter about what kind of Projector this was going to be. Casio had said it would be a little different than it’s rivals. In what way? They didn’t say, but I was interested, and so were a lot of other people. They also promised a superb picture along with a fair amount of Lumens and longevity. Ok, so this is not the first time a manufacturer has promised the world. But did they deliver? Find out here.

PROS:

  • Easy Set-Up
  • 2700 Lumens
  • 20,000-1 Contrast Ratio
  • Mercury-Free
  • Reasonably Long-Lasting
  • Excellent Throw distance
  • Low Power Consumption

CONS:

  • 1064×768 Native Resolution

Size/Design

The measurements are: 10.6 inches by 10.6 inches by 6 inches and the weight is 6 pounds. This would be considered mid-range size and weight. You’ll be able to fit in into most bags and carry-on cases. It’s not a super-portable you can toss into your pocket but it’s also not a majorly chunky device that’ll weigh you down. On the back you get an HDMI connection along with USB, Audio In and Out and a Computer Terminal. So it’ll connect to most devices you have at home. The design is a little strange. It looks like a ordinary run of the mill design and then you see the Lens in it’s little curved chamber. This is purely aesthetic and serves no function. You wonder why they did it. I guess they thought it would make the whole thing look more interesting.

Performance

Set-Up

I loved the set-up. It’s very quick and there’s no need to use Keystone because Manual Lens Shift is provided. Keystone can be a nightmare with single-chip DLP Projectors because of distortions it can import. So, you can get the job done quickly here, distortion-free. Many Projectors require time to power-up before you can throw up images, but there’s no need for that here. You get immediate images with the Instant-On. There’s also Instant-Off for when you’re done. The whole set-up can be done within 10 minutes.

Throw Distance

There’s a pretty good Short Throw on this. It’s not the shortest I’ve seen in this price range but it’s up there with the best. You can get 60 inches from 6 feet back and 100 inches from 10 feet back. Given that 50 inches from 6 feet black is reckoned to be a nice Short Throw. I was definitely impressed by this.

Mercury-free

This is a hot-topic is America right now. There have been a number of scandals where Mercury was found in food and it recently emerged that Mercury is found in Projector Lamps. Scientists on this are not in agreement as to what constitutes harmful amounts of Mercury. Many say the Mercury used in Projector Lamps is in amounts that wouldn’t be harmful at all. But, people are concerned, so in Casio XJ-V1 EcoLite, Casio chose to not use Mercury at all in this product. What you think about this decision will depend on what you’ve read about Mercury. I’m on the fence here.

Long-lasting?

Well it depends on how you look at it. Casio have gone to great lengths to advertise the fact that you don’t need to replace the Lamp on this Casio XJ-V1 EcoLite because it doesn’t have one. That’s true. It doesn’t have a Lamp. What it does have is a hybrid light source created using Lasers and LED and this will last 20,000 hours, before you need to replace it. So you are going to need to replace something. The next question would be about whether 20,000 hours would be considered long-lasting. It’s quite long but there are Lamps on Projectors in this price range that last 30,000 hours. Not many but they exist. So this hybrid light source we could say, lasts a reasonably long amount of time.

Low Power Consumption

At 120 Watts in ECO mode this is one of the cheapest Projectors on the market to run. Most Projectors range between 200 and 300 Watts so you will saving money by choosing this over another model.

Lumens

There’s 2700 Lumens which mean you’ll be able to view outside only after dark. You’ll be able to view indoors anytime but with the curtains drawn. The Lumens actually perform really well on here so there’ll be some days where you won’t even need to draw the curtains.

Contrast Ratio

This is an exceptional 20,000-1. You really see what they’ve done here when you roll out the screen to over 150 inches. The blacks and whites still appear as bold and precise as they where at 50 inches with no distortions at all. We’re talking crisp and clear blacks and whites of a cinematic standard. Even at 300 inches they still stand up to scrutiny. Well done Casio!!!

Native Resolution

The resolution is only 1024×768 and usually I’d be saying that this is a huge let down considering the other features. But, the Contrast Ratio and the color technology saved the Casio from that kind of disaster. So did the light source for that matter. We’re talking higher than usual quality pixels with an excellent accuracy in color production. The light source creates a smoothness in the images that I’d usually associate with 3LCD. The new laser-based LED technology they put in here, certainly works well.

Final Thoughts

While Casio XJ-V1 EcoLite is not the majorly long-lasting Projector that Casio advertised it to be, there are a lot of good inclusions here. The Contrast Ratio is exceptional and works well with the color technology and the light source to create what is an outstanding picture. The 2700 Lumens perform well, so while this isn’t a Projector you can view in sunlight, it is one that’ll throw up good images with some light still left in the room. At only 120 Watts of power consumption this is one of the cheapest Projectors to run and that’ll please the more budget conscious buyers. The lack of Mercury will please others. I was most pleased with the Throw Distance. At 60 inches from jusy 6 feet back you’ll get a large image in moderately sized room. And, the screen goes right out to 300 inches for outdoor movies. The set-up was the icing on the cake of what is a very well-designed model. They promised us the world. It’s not that great, but it is pretty darn good. Thank you for reading.

Update: Currently not available on amazon as new version has been released See Here

Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt from Texas has been the best-selling author in 2014. He was the most appreciated writer in 2015. Different organizations have honored him with different awards and memberships as well. He is a tech shop owner and completed graduation in Electrical Engineering.

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