The PLC-XD2200 Sanyo LCD projector is a portable XGA (1024 X 768)
multimedia module that produces first-rate color for nearly the lowest
price in its class. It’s your basic no-frills projector, lacking digital
input and PC-free or network presentation ability with only a single watt
speaker built-in. But if you are primarily looking for an attractive price,
portability and fantastic color rendition in every image mode, then the
XD2200 has got you covered.
Setup is a snap thanks to the XD2200’s “Auto Setup Function”. This feature
automatically performs keystone correction of the input signal by detecting
the inclination angle of the device. This model is extremely power
efficient when placed into standby mode, drawing a mere 0.4 watts in
comparison to the 2-3 watts drawn by other projectors. Another sweet
feature is the estimated 6000-hour lamp life you will achieve when using
Eco mode. Since a brand new lamp can amount to almost one-third of the cost
of a new projector, it helps to know that if you can operate mostly in Eco
mode (which is in excess of 1000 lumens), you will receive a few eons of
projection time out of your bulb.
You would be correct to assume based on the size and weight of the XD2200
that it is a remarkably portable device. Unlike much of its competition,
this Sanyo LCD projector does not come with its own travel bag. Perhaps
this is because it easily fits into most soft briefcases.
If a simple and clean appearance is appealing to you, the XD2200 will be a
delight. Beginning at the front panel, the recessed lens is located on the
left side of the front face, keeping it protected even in the absence of
the tethered lens cap. Right behind the lens, in the recess above the
projector face, you will conveniently find the focus and zoom adjustments.
You also have an infra-red receiving eye to the left of the lens. On the
other side of the lens you will find two stacked air intake vents. A
removable filter on the bottom of the projector, which slides out from the
front, is located in the bottom intake vent. There is a single front height
adjustment foot in the middle with the standard push-button release.
Fine-tuning of the height adjustments are done by screwing the foot out or
in. A small downside is fact that you have no adjustment feet in the rear,
so make sure you’re using a fairly level surface for table mounting.
Taking a look at the top of this Sanyo LCD projector from the front face,
you will see a cover in the right rear for accessing the bulb. This allows
for simple lamp replacement if the device is mounted from the ceiling,
since there is no need to dislodge it just to replace a lamp. In the left
back corner you have a control panel with the most-commonly used functions,
including power indicators, lamp status and warnings if the unit has any
problems such as overheating. You have you buttons for Power, Auto Setup,
Input Search, Auto PC adjustment, and Auto Keystone.
The next set of buttons you have are for bringing up and selecting from the
on-screen menu, as well as menu navigation buttons. The Left and Right menu
navigation buttons will additionally perform as your Volume Down and Up
The built-in one-watt speaker is found on the left side (if you’re facing
the front of the unit), toward the front. The power cord connector is
located on the right side, toward the front, as are the two heat exhaust
vents and the screw for opening the lamp cover.
Continuing on to the back panel from the left, you will find two more heat
exhaust vents. To the immediate right of that are an RS-232 port and a
Kensington lock. Then you have your two computer input terminals. This
first input will also act as the input for component video and S-video. You
may need to purchase the appropriate adapters. The second input can serve
dually as a monitor output when not being used as an input. In this same
area you have your stereo audio inputs, one PC audio input, a composite
video input and an audio output which is adjustable for output volume level
from the remote. Lastly, there is a LAN jack for a network connection.
Below that is another air intake vent with a slide-out dust filter.
It’s worth noting that even though the lamp cover is smartly located on the
top of the projector, the two dust filters may be a bit tight to remove for
a ceiling mounted unit. Since filters should be removed for cleaning way
more often than the bulb will need to be replaced, you may want to take
this into consideration if you want to mount your XD2200 Sanyo LCD
projector on ceiling.
You can check the XD2200’s video display capabilities by the DVD playback
on your laptop computer. Beginning in Real mode, you can review scenes from
your favorite movies like “Batman Begins” or “The Swan”. In either case,
you will find that skin tones are quite natural and the overall color
balance is quite solid. Sometimes a low contrast ratio and reduced black
levels may occur if you are viewing darker scenes. The gamma adjustments
should help with black levels. This is hardly atypical for a projector in
this class, much less one in the price range of the XD2200. Since it is
often preferable to have more accurate colors, the solid color reproduction
of this model makes it an ideal selection for video presentations in the
classroom. So if you have a video presentation that contains audio, you may
want to consider using some external powered speakers. The built-in 1-watt
speaker of the XD2200 Sanyo LCD projector is not intended to achieve a volume level required by some larger
conference rooms or classrooms.
Priscilla Carlyle (aka Projector Chick) is a self-described enthusiast of
technology specifically related to home entertainment, online gaming, and
business presentations. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/projectorchick .
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