Lightware Legend LX-8 Projector

By Matthew Klare

Using a Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) chip, the 2.9-pound LX-8 projects an 800-lumen image at a native XGA resolution (1024 x 768). The LX-8 is a no-nonsense little box, roughly the size of a hardback novel. On the rear are inputs for audio, mouse, RGB video, S-video, and composite video. Atop the LX-8 are a focusing wheel, power button, and buttons for manual or automatic selection of an input source.

Lightware’s remote control is straightforward. Flipping up a small cover reveals nine buttons that control the projector’s digital zoom, keystone, auto input select, audio functions; this button keypad also works well as a remote mouse.

A well-organized system of on-screen menus provides access to the various setup functions. These menus change in complexity, depending upon whether the remote’s flip-up cover is open or closed – a nice touch.

The LX-8’s tiny, 1-watt speaker would do in a pinch. The unit lacks an optical zoom, relying instead on a digital zoom. This, unfortunately, is adjustable only via the remote.

In our tests with various resolutions, the LX-8 handily scaled down signals of up to 1280 x 1024 to its native 1024 x 768 resolution. The projected image flickered some at higher resolutions, but we were able to compensate using the projector’s controls. Its greatest drawback is that it delivers only an 800-lumen image. There are projectors in this size range that produce up to 1,100 lumens. On the other hand, those units also sell for upwards of $4,100. All things considered, the LX-8 offers a very good value.

Lightware Legend LX-8

Rating: 93

Manufacturer: Lightware800-211-9001;

Price: $2,695

Configuration: Compatible with all PCs and Macs

Pros: High native resolution (XGA); DLP (Digital Light Processor) optical engine; a bargain

Cons: At 800 lumens, not the brightest image; lacks an optical zoom

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.
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