For a generation, TVs have been in the background – in more ways than one – of household entertainment.
Canon XEED WUX400ST Multimedia Projector
If big and beautiful is the way you want to project, this Canon projector will oblige
- Image clarity
- Huge image size
- Cost is the obvious one
Price$ 5,699.00 (AUD)
There's nothing like a great projector to really impress your visitors, whether it's for a studio space, a museum, a warehouse, a boardroom, or any other type of area that requires a big presence and a high quality image to go along with it.
Canon's XEED WUX400ST is one such great projector, and it has the types of features that allow it to straddle the line between high-end office usage and creative installations with ease — but mostly the latter.
Indeed, it's a projector that's primed for use in installations for artwork, movies, and any other creative outlet that you can think of, and it supports useful features such as edge blending, which allows the projector to be stacked with others to create continuous image flows.
We didn't test it with anything creative, nor did we have a proper installation space to show it off, but we can say that it worked quite well in our office environment and impressed a lot of people with its image quality.
It's based on LCOS projecting technology, it features a native resolution of 1920x1200 (a 16:10 ratio), and this better-than-Full HD resolution gives it the capability to effortlessly display movies, sporting events, and photographs.
We gave it a go streaming NBA League Pass basketball games to a lunchtime pizza crowd in the office, and even the non-fans were transfixed by image looming large in front of them. The WUX400ST handled the motion well enough, and the definition, even from our middle-of-the-road streaming quality, was enough to see player numbers and other small details. But you'll likely want to use this projector for a task more serious.
The lamp in the WUX400ST features a 4000 lumens brightness, which is quite impressive as a specification, but the truth of the matter is that you will still need a darkened environment to see projected images in all their glory, especially movies.
The high brightness goes hand in hand with the high 2000:1 contrast rating, though, and images did indeed look well coloured during our tests. In particular, there was a natural finish to the colours that were shown (without us having to play with any of the image settings in the menu), and there was more than decent detail present between gradients. Blacks weren't overpowering, and some of the people who saw it in our office commented that 'blacks could be better'.
Hooking up a laptop via HDMI and using the projector as a main screen, the attention to detail was obvious. Text was crisp and clearly readable at all sizes, and the image looked strong and easy on the eyes overall, even with the lights in the office switched on. You could easily use it for PowerPoint presentations and to view graphs and other details in a work setting, for example, while it will also do well to display fine details in images for art installations and museums.
Image size can be a staggering 300in at the maximum throwing distance of 2.4m, but the projector also has the capability to put up a big size from a short distance as well -- it will throw up a 100in image from 1.2m.
In our test environment, we used a minimum distance of just under 40cm to project a screen that was a bit bigger than the 24in monitor already sitting on our desk. That is perhaps an unrealistic throw distanced for this unit, especially since it has a relatively large footprint. From a distance of 1m 13cm away from our projection surface, the image grew to an imposing 2m wide and 1m 20cm high, and we had to shift some furniture around that was in the way at the corners.
Adjustments to the image can be made via the manual focus ring, there is keystone correction, and you also get lens shift levers on the side -- there is plus 75 per cent shift on the horizontal plane, and plus/minus 10 per cent on the vertical plane.
We managed to get a mostly level image during our tests, though the top was slightly curved rather than being perfectly straight. While on the subject of imperfections, one other thing we noticed was some purple and green fringing in areas where white and black spaces converged, but it wasn't too bad and we really had to look for it.
Input to the projector can be via HDMI, DVI, and VGA, and there are multiple 3.5mm audio inputs. There is a USB port, a built-in 5W speaker, and you can also hook up a network (it supports PJLink).
As mentioned, this is a high-class projector designed for professional spaces rather than a home cinema, and a price of $5699 reinforces that fact clearly. Whether or not it's worth it depends completely on your needs, but if very good colour and detail, as well as massive image size are what you're after, then it's most definitely worth a look.
Power consumption is up to 365W in normal mode, while standby consumes around 0.6W.
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