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The Sharp PG-SX80 has more features than your average projector. It also offers versatility for a wide range of businesses, school, and personal applications. As a projector, it is a jack-of-many-trades and a master of some.
The first feature of the projector that we noticed when we took it out of the box is the number of input and output ports available on its back. While options like HDMI port, a VGA port, and a set of audio and video RCA connectors are standard fare, the Sharp PG-SX80 also has an extra VGA port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and most interestingly, a USB port.
As part of Sharp’s Data projector series, the PG-SX80 is designed for multimedia applications and is capable of displaying still images and videos. It also plays audio direct from a USB drive without the need for a PC. In our test, navigating through files and folders using the projector’s built-in controls and remote control is acceptable.
The projector displayed and played all of the standard media formats we thrown at it. However, the projector’s menu system would not generate a thumbnail preview until we opened the file, leaving us to depend on filenames to identify our media, and limiting the usefulness of the feature by just a tad.
Featuring Brilliant Color and DLP technologies, the projector boasts improved picture brilliance, resolution, and motion. We found that the colors were more natural and distinct.
According to its feature set, with the 1.2X optical zoom, the screen can be enlarged about 40 percent, while maintaining the picture quality. We, however, found that although the projection offers high contrast, the projected image is not as smooth as we’ve expected, even though it was within the rated size and viewing distant. We were, however, impressed with the projector’s ability to handle motion on screen. Nevertheless, all these would not matter if the projector is scheduled for school or office use.
The Sharp PG-SX80 takes a different approach when it comes to pointers. While most projectors we saw recently comes with a remote control that has a built-in laser pointer, Sharp opted for an on-screen pointer with five different icons. The pointer is then controlled using the directional buttons on the remote.
Additionally, the projector has a spotlight to highlight whatever is on display and incorporates DLP Link and 3D projection technology that provides a wider range of applications, allowing for a fuller perception of images for presentation and various contents.
The Sharp PG-SX80 brings versatility to a normally drab projector for a medium to small meeting room. Although perfect for presentations, it handles other media pretty well, including videos, photos, and video games. Its size accommodates portability, and because the handy USB port is located behind the projector, it is best placed somewhere accessible instead of being hung overhead like most projectors in a presentation room are installed.
Lens: 1.2x Manual Zoom, Manual Focus, F2.5-2.7, f=21.8-25.6mm
Projection Distance: 1.6 to 14.2m Screen Size: 40” to 300” Contrast: 2,000:1 Resolution: 1,024x768
Power Consumption: 216W (Eco) / 287W (Normal) / <0.57W (Standby) Weight: 2.6kg
Dimension: 326 x 84 x 245mm
Warranty: 3-years (excluding lamp)
Contact: Sharp-Roxy Sales & Service Company (M) Sdn Bhd
Telephone: 1800 88 72448 URL: www.sharp.com.my
Gain full control of all the features of the Sharp PG-SX80 using its control panel.