Hitachi PJ-TX200 review: Hitachi PJ-TX200

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Good image quality. Stylish design.

The Bad Heavier than competing models. Unit can get quite hot.

The Bottom Line If you're looking for value for money in a stylish package, Hitachi's PJ-TX200 LCD projector may suit you.

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The sleek, stylish PJ-TX200 keeps the same look and feel of its predecessor, the PJ-TX100. Curvaceous yet compact, this home entertainment projector is a far cry from the boring, boxy units you may be used to seeing in the boardroom.

Measuring 340mm by 299mm by 113mm and weighing a solid 4.7 kilograms, the TX200's size is fairly non-obtrusive but it is a little on the heavy side. The body of the unit seems modelled around the huge lens which definitely attracts attention with its size and placement. Two built-in scroll wheels -- vertical and horizontal -- control the lens shift and wide-zoom angles.

Aesthetically balancing the arrangement of the unit is a front fan exhaust which sits to the left of the lens. More than just eye-pleasing, having the fan in this position allows more air-flow to prevent overheating if the projector is setup in an entertainment unit or confined shelf space. All the inputs are lined up along the left-rear side of the unit. The package comes with a tiny, lightweight backlit remote control.

The PJ-TX200 is HD-ready (High Definition) with a native resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. A 10-bit full digital video processor allows a total of 1.07 billion colours, with a Digital Shutter mode for black wide-screen movie borders, Super focus ED (Extra-low dispersion) lenses and 1.6x optical zoom that can fill a 60-inch screen from a mere 1.7 metres included as some of the major features. A Short Throw Optical System has been incorporated to require only minimal projection distance. This is an impressive feature as space can be a concern when installing a projector into an average-sized room.

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Where to Buy

Hitachi PJ-TX200

Part Number: CNETHitachi PJ-TX200

Typical Price: $3,299.00

See manufacturer website for availability.