CANON LV-WX320

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The WX320 is one of two compact por­ta­ble pro­jec­tors re­cently added to Canon's LV range, the other be­ing the XGA-based X320. A WXGA (that is, 1,280 x 800 pix­els) model, it has a max­i­mum bright­ness of 3,200 lu­mens, a con­trast ra­tio of 10,000:1, and tips the scale at 2.5kg.

Like the other Canon LV se­ries pro­jec­tors, the WX320 is de­signed for both home and work use. As it's based on Dig­i­tal Light Pro­cess­ing (DLP) tech­nol­ogy, its lamp sys­tem doesn't use any fil­ters, which in turn helps to re­duce main­te­nance and op­er­at­ing costs in the long run. Un­der nor­mal use, the lamp lasts a good 4,000 hours. If your room is small and you can tol­er­ate a 20-per­cent light drop, you can stretch that to 6,000 hours by us­ing the Eco mode.

Equipped with two VGA and one MHL­com­pat­i­ble HDMI in­puts, the LV-WX320 is ready for ana­log and dig­i­tal sources, in­clud­ing smart­phones and tablets. There's also a RS232C in­ter­face, a RJ45 net­work jack, and even a good old S-Video ter­mi­nal. And since it sup­ports DLP-Link, you can eas­ily re­pur­pose it to be a 3D pro­jec­tor (no 3D glasses are pro­vided, by the way). This is some­thing that 3LCD pro­jec­tors can't do.

With clearly la­belled con­nec­tions, eas­ily ad­justable feet, and the pres­ence of hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal keystone corrections, the LV-WX320 didn't take us long to set up. Even when pro­ject­ing on a non-white sur­face, we were able to quickly color-cor­rect the im­age with the Screen Color func­tion. If we're al­lowed to nit­pick, it'll be the lens' rather re­stric­tive 1.1x zoom ra­tio; so make sure you con­firm your screen size be­fore wall-mount­ing it.

The 1.1x zoom ra­tio can be a tad lim­it­ing.

The HDMI in­put is MHL com­pat­i­ble, al­low­ing you to con­nect to mo­bile devices.

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