Superthin projector travels lightly

Superthin projector travels lightly

Road warriors, take heed: Casio's Cassiopeia Pro Super Slim XJ-S35 is the thinnest business projector we've reviewed. A scant 32mm at its thinnest point, this 1.8kg, 1024 x 768 (XGA) model is the size of a laptop.

The preproduction version impressed us with its portability, usability and features. Its wide-angle, 2x zoom lens and high brightness of 2000 ANSI lumens let it display a big, clear image under typical indoor lighting. Power zoom and focus controls on both the unit and the remote made adjusting image size and sharpness easy. The XJ-S35 displayed test images well, be they PowerPoint slides, digital photos or DVD movies.

What we admired most about the XJ-S35, though, is how easily it fits into a briefcase. To achieve the unit's slim design and still provide a good cooling system, Casio developed a small lens and light source and added a quiet cooling technology that includes a heat pipe - a first for a portable projector.

Inputs include VGA and composite video, along with USB connectivity for image projection from a portable USB drive and for use with Casio's pending USB wireless adapter, available as an option. One limitation: like many superportable projectors, the XJ-S35 lacks audio support.

Verdict: Although the XJ-S35 costs more than budget-priced XGA projectors do, it weighs a couple of kilos less. For those who are travelling light but need a high-quality projector, the Super Slim XJ-S35 is worth a look.

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