Sharp's Notevision PG-B10S can fill a large screen from a short distance and put the image exactly where you want it with a joystick-controlled pivoting lens. It's also one of the quietest projectors in its class. Still, the PG-B10S suffers from low contrast and annoying LCD grid lines, making it a good but not great budget business projector.
Based on three 0.55-inch LCD panels, the 6-pound PG-B10S is of average size for the budget class, measuring 3.6 by 11.5 by 9.0 inches. It's smaller than thebut much bigger and heavier than the . With remote and cables, the PG-B10S is ready for the road at a reasonable 7.1 pounds.
The projector's battleship-gray plastic case has one thing no other projector in its class has: a joystick to move the lens position up to 30 degrees in any direction. At a distance of 5 feet, the projector can create a 4-foot diagonal image, 9 inches bigger than the InFocus X2, but 8 inches smaller than the, and the 1.25X zoom lens can fill a variety of screen sizes. The projector works with both the traditional 4:3 and the 16:9 format often found on DVDs.
The PG-B10S's 11-button control panel seems a little daunting at first, but it's color-coded, and Sharp includes an informational sticker along with a complete user manual. A series of ports along the back of the projector include VGA in and out, S-Video, composite video, and a serial port; there's also a minijack for audio so that your notebook's sound can be played through the projector's 1-watt speaker, but it isn't very loud or clear. The PG-B10S comes with cables for AC and VGA, but there's no provision for a USB connection.
The projector starts up quickly, in just 33 seconds, but its 1-minute, 34-second cool-down period is a bit long. Sharp does include a remote that offers a way to blank the screen for quick notebook changes, but it lacks a laser pointer and controls for moving PowerPoint slides forward and back. For that feature, you'll need to buy Sharp's AN-MR1EL receiver, but many other projectors provide that functionality without extra gear.