There will soon be some new skinny kids on the block. Casio is updating it’s line of SuperSlim projectors with new features, including a widescreen option. If you are looking for a projector to present with, these are among the cream of the crop. Here’s a quick rundown of what they are offering in the new line.
World’s Thinnest Projectors
The Casio XJ-S68 and XJ-S63 are two of the brightest new products available in the world’s thinnest projector line. The new SuperSlim projectors are 43mm at their widest point and 32mm at their slimmest. The projectors are small, but bright, with 3500 lumens. That should make them a contender for most presenters, even those who present to larger groups. They can also project from as little as 2.75 feet up to 30 feet.
Other features of the Casio XJ-S68 and XJ-S63 include 2x power zoom and focus lens; automatic and manual vertical keystone correction ±30 degrees; RS-232 control; 1 watt mono speaker; security features, including compatibility with Kensington lock and power on password; and direct power on/off.
The XJ-S68 and XJ-S63 are both built on the same chassis, but there is a USB port on the XJ-S68 that can be used for wireless connectivity using a wireless adapter.
Expected Prices : $1,299 to $1,399
Shipping Date : September 2009
No, it is not a contradiction to be both SuperSlim and widescreen. At least not in this case. Casio has added the XJ-S43W as it’s first widescreen (1280 x 800) format ultraportable in the SuperSlim family. It’s sporting 2500 lumens, an 1800:1 contrast ratio, 2X zoom lens, auto keystone correction, HDMI input, and direct power on/off. It also has a wide projection range from 2.8 feet to 30 feet distance.
Expected Price : $999
Shipping Date : September 2009
And the Rest…
There are more projectors on SuperSlim Island. To round out the line Casio has the XJ-S58, XJ-S53, XJ-S48, XJ-S43, XJ-S38, and XJ-S33. Each of these new projectors offers a 2x power zoom and focus lens; ±30 degree automatic vertical keystone correction; RS-232 control; power on password and compatibility with Kensington lock; and direct power on/off. The essential differences are the brightness, and USB connection for wireless.
The XJ-S58, XJ-S48, and XJ-S38 all feature a USB host function that will allow for wireless connectivity through an optional WiFi receiver and for computer-free presentations with USB storage devices.
Expected Prices : $699 to $1,199
Shipping Date : TBD
New Lineup En Brief
Casio Projectors : Brightness by Model
3500 lumens : XJ-S63, XJ-S68
3000 lumens : XJ-S52, XJ-S57 (with USB)
2700 lumens : XJ-S42, XJ-S47 (with USB)
2500 lumens : XJ-SC210, XJ-SC215 (with USB), XJ-S43W (WXGA)
2300 lumens : XJ-S32, XJ-S37 (with USB)
Bonus Casio Treat!
We also came across this creative application for Casio video projectors. On this Make TV episode creative designer artist types use what appear to be Casio SuperSlim projectors to “transform public spaces into massive sound and light shows.” It’s a pretty cool video. Check it out here.
[ See Make TV Episode Here ]