Taxan KG-PS125X Wireless DLP Projector Review - Taxan KG-PS125X Review

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So the wireless features work well, but how does the KG-PS125X stack up elsewhere? Well, it’s safe to say that even under the intense gaze of five entrepreneurial giants, it probably won’t let you down. The 230W high pressure mercury lamp pumps out an impressive 2,500 lumens of brightness – easily enough to dazzle a dubious dragon – and the 1,024 x 768 resolution DLP chip renders images cleanly, brightly and with decent colour reproduction. The lamp is good for an impressive 2,000 hours in full power mode and 3,000 in eco mode, when the projector kicks out a still-practical 1,500 lumens.

Connections look sparse at first – all you get is VGA, S-Video, composite and 3.5mm audio inputs on the rear panel – but these disguise more comprehensive potential. Via the VGA socket and an appropriate component conversion cable, the KG-PS125X can accept not only PC signals, but also high definition video signals via a component video connection. 576p, 720p and 1080i (which is downscaled) signals are supported in this way – and I can tell you displaying HD video on it, even at just 720p, looks pretty good when thrown six foot on a projector screen. Of course the lack of an HDCP compliant HDMI port rules this projector out for serious home cinema duty, but to be fair, that’s not where Taxan is aiming it.


There are downsides to this projector, however. First is that it’s not the smallest unit in the world or the sexiest to look at. Though at about the size of a slightly-flattened out shoe box (195 x 58 x 262mm) and weighing in at 1.8kgs, it’s hardly going to strain your shoulder carrying it around. Another factor that balances out the plain looks is the build quality, which is substantial. The thick black plastic casing has a finish that looks like it will resist scratching, and the built-in lens cover is a triumph of design. It even turns the lamp off when you close it.

More importantly, perhaps, it isn’t particularly quiet. Even in ‘eco’ mode, which reduces the lamp output and the speed of the fan, it makes a racket, enough so that you may have to raise your voice over it in a small meeting room.


All is forgiven, however, when you take a look at the price, which for a projector of this specification, with wireless capability included is extremely reasonable at £713.23. I could only find one other wireless projector – the Hitachi CP-X2 – cheaper than the Taxan and it couldn’t offer the same levels of brightness.


”’Verdict”’


Despite the success of this Taxan I still feel the jury is still out on wireless projection, especially where portable machines are concerned. But if you have a genuine need for it this is the best example I’ve reviewed yet and, more importantly, it’s very good value for money.

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Score in detail

  • Image Quality 7
  • Value 8