Class, Let’s Review The Xd2200 Sanyo LCD Projector

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 respectively.

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.