Review by Edward Mass
If it is one thing an office always needs, it is a projector. That goes without saying since all meetings have that handy device on hand to put up slides, meeting notes, and whatever else the meeting chairperson can think of. With a projector, it is easy to put up ideas and information quickly during a discussion. That is what Sharp is going for with its PGSX-85 3D Ready Data Projector.
Ever wanted a projector you can carry around and not worry about shoulder aches later? With the Sharp PGSX-85, its feather-like heft is rare among projectors of its class. Even when packed in the box, it is not overly heavy and can be managed with a firm one-hand grip. After it is taken out of the packaging, it became very clear why the projector doesn’t feel heavy – the PGSX-85 is a really slim. Almost flat-like even.
Putting together the PGSX-85 is straightforward. Plug it in, jack in the video input, tweak the keystone and arrange the leg adjusters – that’s all there is to it. For the fussier ones, like me, there is also configuring the settings to make sure the colours come out the best it could be. Thankfully, the calibration phase is not as extensive as it only required minimal tweaking to the levels and balances.
The PGSX-85 offers a decent colour mix thanks to the ‘Five Segment Colour Wheel’ it uses in its display system. The RGB hues are paired up with white and cyan, providing a more vibrant performance that is uniquely realistic. Thanks to the white element, deep blacks and natural whites stand out very well, providing another level of depth that is not common in most projectors.
It does what it says on the box is the best summary I can come up with for the PGSX-85 as performs best when used to project meeting materials and business data. It does well with movie and game content too but the projection is too crispy and so distorts the visuals a little. Hence my conclusion that the Sharp projector is made specifically for the boardroom and meetings on-the-go.
Dimension (WxHxD): 326 x 84 x 245mm
Display: 0.55in DLP Chip
Brightness 3,000 lumens
Contrast Ration: 2,000:1
Projection size: 40in (102 cm) to 300in (762 cm)
Projection distance: 40in: 1.6 to 1.9m, 100in: 3.9 to 4.7m, 300in: 11.8 to 14.2m
Resolution: XGA (1,024 x 768)
Input Signals DTV: 1080P/ 1080I/ 720P/ 576P/ 576I/ 540P/ 480P/ 480I/ NTSC/ PAL/ SEC
I/O Ports: 1x Computer / Component (mini D-sub 15-pin, shared with computer, 2x Component (switchable), 1x Audio (3.5-mm stereo Mini-jack, variable audio output)
Audio Amplifier: 7W (mono)
Verdict: Definitely a good consideration for the office.
Total Score: 8/10