Casio targets gamers with mercury-free GREEN SLIM projectors
By Darren Quick
June 17, 2010
Casio is taking aim at the growing gaming market with its new GREEN SLIM projectors. Showcased at this year’s E3, the projectors feature a mercury-free, laser and LED hybrid light source capable of high-brightness projection of displays 100 inches and larger for a truly immersive gaming experience. All offerings in the GREEN SLIM line are lightweight and extremely portable, which, Casio says, makes them the perfect option for taking some big screen interactive entertainment on the road.
The GREEN SLIM line includes four WXGA (1,280 x 800) resolution models and four XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution models. There's a choice of either 2,500 or 2,000 lumens brightness and they come with or without a USB port and WLAN. The line’s projection brightness is achieved without using a high-pressure mercury lamp, instead using blue light emitted by a blue laser, green light converted from blue laser light with a fluorescent element and light emitted by a high-lumen red LED through a DLP chip onto the screen.
Casio says this use of a laser and LED hybrid light source improves the color purity and also increases the light source to approximately 20,000 hours, which is nearly 10 times that of Casio’s conventional projectors that rely on a high-pressure mercury lamp. This equates to up to a 10-year lifespan at five hours use per day and means less maintenance and lower operating costs for the life of the unit.
The projectors come with a wide-angle 2X zoom lens that means a focal length that is two times shorter for greater magnification over shorter throw distances. The WXGA models will project a 60-inch display at 1.4-2.8m (4.6-9.1 feet) and a 100-inch display at 2.4 to 4.8m (7.9 to 15.7-feet), while the XGA models will project a 60-inch screen at 1.7 to 3.4m (5.6 to 11 feet). Additionally, an auto keystone feature automatically corrects vertical distortion of the display that may result from off center projector positioning.
Input options include HDMI, component, composite and mini D-Sub, although for some real immersive gaming users might want to find an audio option other than the projectors’ 1W mono speaker. A USB port allows users to project presentations directly from a USB thumb drive. However, such presentations will need to be converted using the EZ Converter FA software that is included with all GREEN SLIM projectors and converts PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and PDF documents.
Measuring 11.7 x 1.7 x 8.3-inches (L x W x D) the GREENSLIM projectors are small and light (five lbs.) enough to throw in a backpack to head around to a friend’s place for some split screen gaming action.
The GREEN SLIM projectors from Casio start at US$799.99 for the XGA resolution, 2,000 lumens brightness, no USB/WLAN XJ-A130 and top out at US$1,099.99 for the WXGA, 2,500 lumens, USB and WLAN inclusive XJ-a245U.