A great pick for business use, this projector produces bright images and has good color accuracy.
The Canon LV-8310 is a medium sized portable LCD projector WXGA projector that is mainly designed for business use. Although it can be used for watching movies, the features are mainly aimed at office users.
On the front of the projector body is a single adjustable leg which allows the projector to lift up to about 1.8 inches above the table top. If you want a more permanent mount, VESA mounting screws are located on the bottom of the projector body.
Canon claims that the LV-LP31 lamp that this projector uses has a lifespan of around 3000 hours in Normal mode and 4000 hours in Quiet mode. A new lamp will cost about $300.
Remote Control Tour
The small remote of this projector has a large number of buttons on it that allow quick access to most of the features.
In the Box
As well as the projector itself, you also get:
- Soft carrying case
- Lens cover
- Power cord
- VGA cable
- Remote control & batteries
- Quick Start guide
- CD with users guide as a PDF
- DVI to VGA adapter
Not included is a HDMI cable, but the VGA cable is a welcome inclusion. The carrying case can carry the projector and all of the cables required for use.
The LV-8310 is a fairly large projector, but it isn't all that heavy: we measured the weight of the projector, case and cables at just over 8 pounds. A case comes with it that can easily carry the projector, a few cables and the remote. The projector itself also has a handy handle on the back that makes it very easy to pick up and carry around the office or classroom.
The LV-8310 is pretty simple to set up; you just plug it in, turn it on, set the zoom and focus, select the source and set the keystone. The latter has an automatic setting as well, which uses a tilt sensor to automatically set the keystone to the appropriate angle. The keystone can be set to correct for up to 30 degrees of offset.
Color correction settings for 9 different types of screen material are also available, including options for whiteboards, greenboards and several different colors of paint, which makes it possible to use it on materials other than a dedicated projection screen. This projector is missing the auto focus and material sensor of some of Canon's more expensive models, though, which use a camera to analyze and correct for the color of the material.
If you are driving the projector from an VGA video source, the Auto PC feature provides a simple way to automatically adjust the image for the best quality: we found it did an effective job of correctly scaling and adjusting the image. If you are driving it from a DVI or analog video source, you'll have to do your own tweaking, though; the Auto PC feature only works with VGA signals.
The LV-8310 has an attractive, almost organic design with curves and swoops instead of the usual beige box. The large carrying handle on the back of the case makes it easy to pick up and move from location to location.
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