Hitachi CP-DW10N short-throw projector
This Hitachi short-throw business projector has a widescreen resolution and a good brightness rating, but a noisy fan
- Short throw is convenient for small rooms, detailed and sharp image
- Fan can be loud, low contrast ratio, internal speaker distorts at high volumes
If you need a business projector that can display a large image in a small or cramped room, Hitachi's CP-DW10N makes a good case for itself. It has a bright and sharp image - albeit with low contrast - and some useful inclusions cut down on extra cables.
The Hitachi CP-DW10N is a short-throw business projector that can display a 90in image from less than a metre of projection distance. Its specifications make it suitable for small meeting rooms, though it has a few quirks.
The Hitachi CP-DW10N projector has a 1280x800 resolution and a 16:10 widescreen format similar to that of most mid-range laptops. When we tested the projector at a distance of a metre from the projection surface we found the image to be crisp and detailed. A connected Windows PC outputting at a 1280x800 resolution displayed full-colour images with acceptable sharpness levels and presentation graphs and charts didn't display any visible distortion.
The contrast ratio of the Hitachi CP-DW10N is quite low at 400:1, so this is certainly not a projector you'll be using to watch movies on. It's acceptable for presentations and limited full-colour picture viewing, but colour accuracy isn't especially good. We found the projector to have a slight blue tinge in normal usage, although this can be adjusted in an image settings menu.
The Hitachi CP-DW10N projector has all the inputs we expected including HDMI for high-definition devices, two separate VGA inputs and a VGA output for daisy-chaining devices, and S-Video and composite for low-resolution signals. There are also three sets of audio inputs for the internal 10W speaker system. The speaker is impressive compared to others we've heard, although it distorts at high volume levels. Switching between inputs is simple using either the remote or the top-mounted control panel. Setting the projector up is easy and it can be mounted on a ceiling upside down if space is at a premium.
The Hitachi CP-DW10N projector is not particularly attractive, but it seems sturdy and well-constructed. We have concerns about the front element accumulating dust and scratches, as no lens cap is included with the package. The top-mounted buttons are easy to navigate and the four-way control pad makes browsing through menus and adjusting settings easy. The projector has a fan noise of 37dB when operating at normal brightness mode, which is higher than we would have liked. Because users will be sitting close to the projector, we recommend the use of Eco Mode which cuts fan noise output to 29dB by lowering brightness levels.
Hitachi's CP-DW10N is a convenient projector for smaller business meeting rooms thanks to its short-throw lens, crisp picture quality and reasonably high widescreen resolution. It may be a little loud at its default settings, but if you can bear to run it in low brightness mode it becomes quite an attractive package.
Stay up to date with the latest reviews. Sign up to GoodGearGuide’s Gear Daily newsletters
Follow GoodGearGuide on Twitter: @Goodgearguide
Join the newsletter!
Apple iMac Pro
Samsung QLED 8K TV
Bang and Olufsen Beoplay A9 Speaker
Ballistix Tactical Tracer RGB 3000
Ballistix Sport AT
Cartier Calibre de Cartier Diver Watch
Toys for Boys
Oregon Pro WMR500 Weather Station
ESET Smart Security Premium
Tivoli PAL BT
Osmo Coding Awbie Game
ESET Cyber Security Pro for Mac
Little Bits DROID Inventor Kit
Nix Pro Colour Sensor
ESET Internet Security
Naztech Xtra Drive Mini + 256GB microSD Card
Ikea RIGGAD work lamp with wireless charging
TimeFlip Magnet Simple Time Tracking Device
SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3
Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker
Technology is revolutionising the way we do things and that includes in the kitchen where a wealth of must-have gadgets and appliances are the making life easier for home cooks.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R17 Pro review: Oppo's thriftiest flagship yet drives a hard bargain
- 2 Nokia 7.1 review: A modest and modern mid-tier option
- 3 Tenda Nova MW6 review: A gateway drug for mesh Wi-Fi
- 4 Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Expensive, but probably the best phone you can buy right now
- 5 Apple iPhone XS review: Astonishment at a price
Latest News Articles
- Sony launches three new 4K HDR Home Cinema Projectors
- Optoma Launches Home Theatre Series
- BenQ confirm TK800 projector for Australia
- BenQ Debuts True 4K UHD HDR Home Cinema Projector Designed for Modern Families
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
PCW Evaluation Team
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.
- PC World 2018 Editor's Choice Awards
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro review: Full, in-depth, Australian review
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Everything you need to know about Smart TVs
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?