Sanyo PLC-XK3010 review

A portable projector that's best used for data

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  • Robust build quality
  • Decent picture quality
  • Brightness


  • Quite heavy
  • No HDMI

Sanyo has a wide range of projectors and its PLC-XK3010 is aimed squarely at the business and education market.

Based around a 3-panel LCD lamp, this is an amazingly bright device that comes with a 3000 ANSI lumens rating and 2000:1 contrast ratio.

In terms of design, the black and cream two-tone black casing is rather large and boxy, but it feels reassuringly rugged to the touch.

The lens is housed inside the unit and accessed via a lens cover that you need to manually pull out. The zoom and focus rings are also neatly recessed in the body, so there's little risk of damage when transporting this projector.

With an overall weight of 2.9kg, the PLC-XK3010 is quite large. While this limits the overall portability of the device, we found that for sharing between classrooms or meeting rooms it's more than practical.

When you start to set up this projector you'll find it comes with automatic keystone correction, so in most instances you won't need to use the menu controls on the top of the unit.

Controls on the back are something of a mixed bag. It has two VGA ports and an Ethernet socket, but no HDMI connector for high-definition use.

When it came to testing, the projected image was big and bright, and we found a great deal of warmth to images projected, especially when running video.

With a noise rating of 29dB, it's the quietest device in this group and the only one we didn't need to drop down into eco-mode to make more practical in quieter meeting conditions.

We really like the Sanyo PLC-XK3010. Sure, it's not the most portable of projectors, nor the ports the most flexible. However, the brightness and image quality make it a great choice for anyone keen to make the right impression no matter the lighting conditions.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Projector
Native Resolution1024 x 768
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2.15
Standard Mode Brightness3000 lm
Graphic ModeXGA
Native Aspect Ratio4:3
Operating Power Consumption252 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Input Scan Format1080i
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Maximum Resolution1600 x 1200
Brand NameSanyo
Contrast Ratio2,000:1
Lamp TypeUHP
Projection MethodFront, Rear, Ceiling
Normal Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life6000 Hour
Height104.1 mm
Width332.7 mm
Depth246.4 mm
Optical Zoom1.2x
Lamp Power215 W
ManufacturerSANYO Electric Co.,Ltd
Product ModelPLC-XK3010
Product NamePLC-XK3010 LCD Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberPLC-XK3010
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information


The PLC-XK3010 weighs less than 7 pounds and delivers true XGA picture quality in a versatile package. This projector achieves 3000Lm and provides a crisp clear image.


Sanyo improves contrast ratio with a new built-in iris which detects the picture image and then controls light output. Image quality is increased thanks to this newly developed iris system.

Package Contents
  • PLC-XK3010 LCD Projector
  • IR Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • User Manual
  • Power Cable
  • D-Sub15 Cable
  • PIN Code Label
  • Lens Cover with Cord
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)2.90 kg