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Hello, I'm new to forum.

We are looking for a replacement for current Sanyo PLC-XU88 (native resolution 1024x768), and dealer is offering PLC-ET30L

XU88 is installed currently in our conference room, 4m is projecting distance, white area of screen is 140x190cm (HxW)

We have laptops mostly with wide displays, ie 1440x900 or 1280x800

Currently when switching laptop to double-display presentation mode (1024x768), will change the laptop's display into blurry distorted image.

Is the PLC-ET30L reasonable (with standard lens) for replacing the XU88 ?
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The PLC-ET30L is a very nice projector for sure. The higher resolution may help some with your laptops, but the reality is that unless you go to a widescreen solution, you won't get a 1 to 1 image from the laptop to the projector.

The laptop resolutions you have are all over the place and I would strongly recommend that you discuss with the IT department about standardizing on a 16:9 resolution like 1600 x 900 or 1280x720 or 1365x768 for the laptop displays.

Unfortunately, these may be hard to come by. But, you have to understand that PC manufacturers are just freakin' clueless as to what the heck they are doing and entirely devoid of any practical thought when it comes to international standards of displays.

16:9 - 1920x1080 - is THE standard for large format LCD/plasma displays. Go into Best Buy and look at their LCD displays for PCs at 19"-22"... Every single one is either 1600x900 or 1920x1080 resolution.

Why? Because, very slowly, PCs are starting to understand that 16:9 is truly the worldwide standard.

So, with this 1400x1050 display work better with your laptops? Probably not a whole lot, but the added resolution won't hurt. But, buying another 4:3 projector when the world is going 16:9 is not one of the best decisions I would have to say.

I would lean towards something like this:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Mitsubishi-FD630U.htm

Which is around the same price of the Sanyo, but necessitates a new screen. As you move towards more 16:9 laptops, and should there be a need for a plug into a large LCD, then everything will be properly standardized.

Not that Sanyo isn't a great company, but they are falling behind with proper 16:9 projectors and I would avoid their 16:10 or 15:9 options which are not at all industry standard.
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Thanks for a reply!

I forgot to add, that mostly we are using this room and projector for showing powerpoint presentations and other documents (word, excel etc). Media like image slideshows, movies are shown rarely.

Does this rate the selection of wide/highres projector over XGA one as an overkill, or still a viable option?

I do not foresee dramatic change of presentation content format (ie from office documents to media) in future, as this room and this projector is commonly used for business planning.
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Quote (kkala on Mar 22, 2010 6:50 AM):
Thanks for a reply!

I forgot to add, that mostly we are using this room and projector for showing powerpoint presentations and other documents (word, excel etc). Media like image slideshows, movies are shown rarely.

Does this rate the selection of wide/highres projector over XGA one as an overkill, or still a viable option?

I do not foresee dramatic change of presentation content format (ie from office documents to media) in future, as this room and this projector is commonly used for business planning.

The shift to widescreen is what you have already seen in relation to your laptops. The WORLD is moving widescreen. People are making PowerPoint presentations on their widescreen PCs, then those presentatiosns are not being optimized anymore for 4:3 displays, but for the widescreen PC monitor.

You basically can't find a 4:3 PC display these days, but the laptops haven't finalized on 16:9 as their standard either. 16:10, 15:9, and other strange aspect ratios are in use - but 16:9 is my expectation of where they will eventually end up because ALL plasma/LCD displays in the world are 16:9 - most are 1920x1080.

This is still your money and your decision, and if it requires a new screen, then it is a significantly different budgetary issue than simply getting a new 4:3 projector.

As I said, the higher resolution will help some, but realistically, you should set your laptops up for 'EXTEND DESKTOP' not for desktop mirroring. This will allow for the native resolution of the projector to be sent to the projector from the laptop connected and will keep the resolution on the laptop perfect. The laptop is display #1, and the projector is display #2 - both get fed native resolutions, but what is on the projector would not mirror what is seen on the local PC display.
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Quote (kkala on Mar 19, 2010 3:00 AM):
Hello, I'm new to forum.

We are looking for a replacement for current Sanyo PLC-XU88 (native resolution 1024x768), and dealer is offering PLC-ET30L

XU88 is installed currently in our conference room, 4m is projecting distance, white area of screen is 140x190cm (HxW)

We have laptops mostly with wide displays, ie 1440x900 or 1280x800

Currently when switching laptop to double-display presentation mode (1024x768), will change the laptop's display into blurry distorted image.

Is the PLC-ET30L reasonable (with standard lens) for replacing the XU88 ?

hi sir,

i noted this thread is at 2010, up to now, it past so many years, not be sure whether you still can get this response.

i wonder whether you took that sanyo plc-et30l at that time? do you still have this projector? if you still have this projector, whether you like to sell it to me? thanks very much,

i'm looking for sanyo plc-et30l projector. welcome you contact me, thanks.
best regards,
jack
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