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Toshiba TDP-EW25

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If you need a data projector which is truly portable, yet has the flexibility to operate with diverse data sources, perhaps the Toshiba EW25 is the machine for you.

Test procedure
Projectors are placed at a distance of three metres from a test screen and zoomed to a screen size of 100 inches where possible. (We calculate expected brightness at 100 inches if this size is not achievable.) Brightness is measured around the screen in order to determine average brightness and variance. We also use a chequerboard pattern to measure the contrast ratio of black to white regions. Ambient light is subtracted from all brightness measurements before calculations and comparisons are made.

DisplayMate software is used to assist in assessing colour quality and sharpness of static images. We also consider the performance of the machine with video output. Fast action and animated films are used to assess refresh times, skin tones, solid and graded colours and borders.

We assess the useability of the device including menu use and options, set-up, and connectivity options. Fan noise is also a consideration. In the case of a network projector such as this, we also do a simple check to ensure that a wired network connection can be achieved when linking a single projector to a single computer.

Design and features
With black with silver trimmings, the EW25 is designed for portability. It has a slide-out carry handle and is additionally supplied with a padded carry bag with a pocket for cables and other accessories. The lens can be protected by a sliding panel when not in use. Mounting holes allow for the device to be installed permanently on a ceiling bracket. The only thing that detracts from the aesthetic of this machine is the warning stickers plastered across it warning of dangers such as heat and bright lights.

This 2600 lumen projector can display resolutions up to 1280x800 pixels. The machine has an extremely short throw making it excellent for smaller rooms, rear projection or where you want to avoid viewers being between the projector and the screen. At a distance of only 1.59 metres we were able to project a 100-inch image. Networking software is supplied and it is Windows Vista compatible.

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The projection engine is a DLP unit which we expect to provide an excellent contrast ratio. There is no sign of an air filter in the unit so you will want keep the unit in clean areas -- sadly this may be hard to ensure with a machine designed for portable use. Lamp replacement should be a simple process as only three Phillips head screws need be removed.

Data can be sent to the machine via one of two VGA ports, along with a shared audio jack. There is also VGA and audio out to an auxiliary monitor and speaker set. You can also connect via RCA plugs to your DVD player or VCR. S-video and network connectivity are also supported. A USB port allows direct display of JPEG and MPEG files without connection to a PC.

The machine itself has nearly as many buttons as the remote control -- so you can still operate the machine if you can't find the remote -- which also contains a laser pointer. The remote also has an alphanumeric keypad and access to other advanced controls behind a folding panel. The remote can also double as a handheld mouse -- this is a great idea which uses a relay device which plugs into your laptop's USB port.

Toshiba are trying hard to please internationally with a user manual in five languages, and a menu system with 23 languages. It's just a pity that these big companies never seem to have native speakers proofread the instructions. (At least we get some amusement!)

Verdict
The brightness was relatively even across the screen, but surprisingly the contrast ratio was no better than a 3LCD projector. The colour was very impressive when compared to the 3LCD units we have reviewed recently; there was a depth and richness that gave us the impression we were viewing a CRT screen rather than a projected image. The only colour fault we noticed was that the colours were a little dark at times.

Poor screen refresh times is clearly a thing of the past for DLP projectors -- we had no issues, (except when running over a 10/100kbps network). The projected images showed sharp borders between colours and good colour grading. The speaker volume was exceptional (loud enough to actually be useful) and the fan emitted very little distracting sound.

Networking was very easy to set up and the supplied software allows the user to specify which windows are transmitted to the projector. Screen updating was surprisingly smooth and quick over a 10/100 network allowing for excellent presentation quality.

However we were unable to project full screen video via network, although there is an option to take an MPEG or AVI input rather than the computer desktop and this does play nicely across a Gigabit connection (but the image is relatively small as specified by the resolution of the file).

The Toshiba EW25 will set you back about AU$3,699. There is a three-year warranty which tends to relieve any concerns I might have about DLP reliability and the 90-day replacement guarantee ensures you don't get stuck with a dud from the beginning.

Running costs depend on whether you operate in standard or economy mode. Economy mode reduces screen brightness by 20 percent, but increases lamp life by 50 percent -- 2000 hours up to 3000 hours. Expect to pay 39c per hour (or 26c in economy mode) towards electricity and the replacement lamp (AU$699 each).

Specifications

Power Device
Type power supply
Nominal Voltage AC 120/230 V
Frequency Required 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Operational 385 Watt
Interface Provided
Qty 1, 2
Connector Type 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 4 pin USB Type A, 4 pin mini-DIN, 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9), RCA, RJ-45, mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
Chassis
Built-in Devices speaker
Networking
Data Link Protocol IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Connectivity Technology wireless
Wireless Protocol 802.11b/g
LAN and Wireless Presentation IEEE 802.11g wireless / LAN
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, wired LAN
Display
Image Brightness 2500
Image Contrast Ratio 2000:1
Image Size 44.9 in - 118 in
Projection Distance 1.6 ft - 5 ft
Max Sync Rate (V x H) 150 Hz x 120 kHz
Miscellaneous
Security Features control panel lock, password protection, security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Video Output
Analog Video Signal RGB
Video Input
Video Modes 1080i, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p
Analog Video Format NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Analog Video Signal RGB, S-Video, component video, composite video
Video Interfaces S-Video, VGA, composite video
LAN and Wireless Image Transferring Protocols IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, wired LAN
TV System NTSC, SECAM, PAL
Operation
Lamp Type 250 Watt
Lamp Life Cycle Up to 2000 hour(s) / up to 3000 hour(s) (economic mode)
Header
Brand Toshiba
Product Line Toshiba TDP
Model EW25
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Projector
Class digital projector
Recommended Use presentation and multimedia
Type DLP projector
Portability non-portable
Min Image Size 44.9 in
Max Image Size 118 in
Color Support 16.7 million colors
Native Resolution 1280 x 800
Max Resolution (Resized) 1600 x 1200
Display Resolution Abbreviation WXGA
Max V-Sync Rate 150 Hz
Max H-Sync Rate 120 Hz
Native Aspect Ratio 16:10
Brightness 2500
Contrast Ratio 2000:1
Min Screen Distance 1.6 ft
Max Screen Distance 5 ft
Controls & Adjustments keystone correction
OSD Languages Dutch, English, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian
Projector Features BrilliantColor, Eco-Mode technology, Extreme Short throw Projector (ESP), Natural Color Enhancer 4
Audio Output
Type speaker(s)
Sound Output Mode mono
Form Factor integrated
Output Power / Channel 1 Watt
DLP
DLP/LCD technology statement Instead of having glass panels (LCD) through which light is passed, the DLP chip's surface is made up of thousands of tiny mirrors each representing a single pixel.
Projector Lens System
Focus Type manual
Lens Aperture f/2.6
Keystone Correction Type digital
Keystone Correction Direction vertical
Vertical Keystone Correction -18 / +18
Dimensions & Weight
Width 13.3 in
Depth 10.4 in
Height 4.6 in
Weight 9.26 lbs
Audio Output Details
Speaker Type mixed channel
Speakers Qty 1
Cable Details
Type VGA cable
Form Factor external
Included Qty 1

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