The highly affordable Sony VPL-DX221 classroom and meeting room projector, released 17 months ago, now (in January 2019) ranks as one the top XGA class projectors for schools and businesses.
The VPL-DX221 is attractive because it combines ease of use, excellent picture quality and low ownership costs, including a long life lamp.
XGA (1024 x 768) resolution provides plenty of fine detail; useful for making presentations direct from a laptop or tablet.
Designed as a light weight, workhorse projector, the VPL-DX221 offers 2800 lumens of brightness and a 4,000:1 contrast ratio, sufficient to produce clear images in rooms with some ambient light.
Sony uses a 215 watt, 5000 hour lamp (LMP-D214). When the projector is in Eco mode, the lumen output is cut almost in half to 1600 lumens, but the lamp life can be up to 10,000 hours according to Sony.
Longer life projector lamps, made possible because of lamp design innovations by Philips, Osram and others, helps narrow the light source rated life gap for metal halide lamps versus LED and laser – both coming in at around 20,000 hours and with a premium on projector price.
For business presenters on the move, the Auto Start and Quick Power OFF features allow for minimal wait time between presentations.
With a street price under $500, the VPL-DX221 should be on the list for budget conscious education media buyers and business road warriors looking for that sweat spot between cost, image quality and a more than adequate feature set.
View the full specifications of the VPL-DX221.
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