The Boxlight Eco X26 is a modestly priced data projector geared to classroom use. It showed solid data image quality in our testing, and video quality suitable for typical classroom needs. One notable omission is an HDMI port, which has become all but standard on data projectors of all resolutions.
The X26 is an LCD projector with native XGA (1,024 by 768) resolution, and a rated brightness of 2,600 lumens. It measures 3.4 by 12.9 by 9.5 inches, and weighs 6.4 pounds, so it’s reasonably portable, though it lacks a carrying case. It’s probably most suitable for moving between classrooms or around the office. At the front of the lens are focus and zoom rings; the focus ring is narrow and a little unwieldy, but you should be able to bring the image to a sharp focus in time.
The X26 has a modest selection of ports; 2 VGA (one of which can serve as monitor-out); S-video; jacks for composite and component video; audio-in, audio-out; and stereo audio-out jacks that Boxlight indicates are compatible with its SoundLite powered external speaker system ($249 list). Notably absent is an HDMI port. It also lacks a USB type
A port, which allows users to run presentations from a USB thumb drive, and a USB type B port.
Data Image Quality
The projector filled our test screen with an image ~54 inches on a diagonal when about 8 feet away from the projector. The image stood up well to ambient light.
In my testing using the DisplayMate suite, data image quality proved suitable for typical classroom presentations. Colors were bright; there was some modest tinting. I noticed some modest yellow tinting in some white gray backgrounds, while dark grays, green in darker grays). The User color mode lets you tweak the red, green, and blue levels, but as is often the case, changing them to reduce the tinting threw other things out of whack.
Text quality was typical of an XGA projector, with black-on-white type a bit blurred at the smallest size and white-on-black text blurred at the two smallest sizes.
Video quality is suitable for showing shorter clips as part of a presentation. Colors seemed on the pale side at times. I noticed posterization—the tendency for abrupt shifts in color where they should be gradual—in some scenes. As an LCD projector, the X26 is free of the rainbow artifacts we often see in DLP-based models, but also is not 3D-capable.
Audio from the two 3-watt speakers is suitable for a small room.
Among its convenience features are immediate auto-on, in which it will automatically turn on when it detects an input source; instant-off with no cool-down period; a built-in presentation timer; and easy-access top-changing lamp and side-changing filter.
The X26 has the same rated brightness as the Editors’ Choice Epson PowerLite 93+, also an LCD-based XGA data projector. The 93+ showed excellent data image quality and above-par video quality for a data projector, and has the HDMI port that the X26 lacks.
The X26 has better video quality than the 3,000-lumen ViewSonic PJD6383s, which as a DLP projector is subject to the rainbow effect. The ViewSonic offers a short throw distance for a surprisingly modest price, a wider selection of ports, and above-par data quality.
The X26 has comparable data image quality to the BenQ MX661 and similar video quality as well, though the MX661′s video did have some rainbow artifacts. The BenQ had a better selection of ports, including USB types A and B, and as a DLP projector it’s 3D capable.
Like the X26, the 3,200-lumen Dell 1430X is an XGA data projector that lacks an HDMI port. The 1430X showed great data image quality, however, and it is 3D capable.
The Boxlight Eco X26 can get the job done as a modestly priced classroom data projector, but offers little to make it stand out from the crowd. It has solid data and video image quality—as an LCD projector its video is free of rainbow artifacts, but it also lacks 3D capability—but a relatively sparse selection of ports.
|Native Resolution||1024 x 768|
|Video Inputs||Component, Composite, S-Video|
|Computer Interfaces||Analog VGA|
|Rated Contrast Ratio||600|
|Rated Brightness||2600 ANSI lumens|
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