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Sharp PG-SX80

HWM (Malaysia) - - SMB - By Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

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.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

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.

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