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Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Review

Portable Multipurpose LCD Video Projector Review & Buying Guide

By Anthony Marsh – October 1, 2008

Manufacturer: www.boxlight.com

Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector

Boasting 2200 ANSI lumens, dual lamp modes, six available image presets, and multi-purpose functionality with performance to spare – all of which is wrapped up in a compact and portable design that weighs a modest 6.4 pounds (2.9 kgs.) – the CP718E from Boxlight comes highly recommended and priced to sell.

Overview / First Impressions / Performance / Final Thoughts / Detailed Specifications

  • Two available lamp modes assure complete and total control over your presentations, while extending lamp life as well
  • Eliminates image artifacts and enhances video quality via 3-D comb filtering
  • Auto Brightness feature automatically adjusts for ambient light
  • Auto keystone correction automatically makes sure every image is in-line
  • Auto Ceiling Mount automatically adjusts image projection based on projector orientation
  • A powerful and intuitive blend of user menu options that includes six available image presets to choose from
  • Comes with a convenient carrying case with adjustable shoulder straps
  • Very solid three-year parts and labor warranty with 90-day lamp replacement guarantee
  • CD-only user manual save for a quick start guide
  • While remote control offers the basic functionality that you’ll need in an ultra-compact design, it’s a little too small and not as ergonomically comfy as it could be


Boxlight CP718E Highlights:

  • 1024 x 768 XGA (native) / 1280 x 1024 SXGA (supported) resolution
  • 2200 ANSI lumens (Normal)
  • 500:1 advertised contrast ratio
  • HTPS TFT 3-LCD display
  • Offers VGA, S-Video, and Composite connectivity
  • Weighs just 6.4 lbs. / 2.9 kgs.
  • Auto Ceiling Mount automatically adjusts the picture to the projector’s orientation
  • Automatically adjusts for brightness and extends lamp life via Auto Brightness feature
  • Automatic keystone correction assures distortion-free images
  • Up to 3000 hours of lamp life (Eco)
  • Three-year parts and labor warranty with a 90-day lamp guarantee

MSRP:          $1,299.00 (USD)
Street Price:  $899.99 (USD)


You really can have your cake and eat it, too. With the Boxlight CP718E LCD projector that is. You see, when you need quality performance at a bargain-basement price, the CP718E fits the bill perfectly with a street price well under a thousand dollars, and a stellar array of performance-enhancing features that include 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness, 3-D comb filtering for superior video quality, and auto options for keystone, brightness, and projector orientation to make everyday usage all the more simpler.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS – Boxlight LCD Projector

Style & Appearance

Much like its older siblings – the CP745ES and the CP755EW – the CP718E from Boxlight shares the very same stylish design and color scheme: silver with black accents, and like the CP745ES, it also shares the exact same dimensions (WxDxH): 12.1 x 10.5 x 3.7 inches (30.7 x 26.7 x 9.4 cm) and weight: 6.4 pounds (2.9 kgs.).

In terms of on-board features, essentially all of them can be found on the right side of the projector. They include: a fixed sliding lens cover, side input connections, and hard-top buttons such as Power, Menu, Source, and keystone adjustment, as well as power and lamp light indicators. Further, you’ll also find the compartment to replace your air filter under the projector. Rounding things out, the left-hand side of the projector plays host the air vent, as well as the lamp replacement section that’s under the actual projector. A rather curious feature worth mentioning that the CP718E shares with both CP745ES and the CP755EW: a slot under the bottom of the projector (just under the air filter) that can be used to store an extra… business card?! Yes indeed. Unusual to be sure, but if you don’t quite know where to put that one extra business card you've got lying around somewhere, that problem has now been officially solved. Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Air Filter And Business Card Slot

Getting Connected

Nicely situated on the right side of the projector is where you’ll find all of the input connections for the CP718E. All of the usual suspects that you’d expect to see featured on a presentation projector are here: two VGA inputs, one of which offers YPbPr, an input for an external monitor, a USB input to turn your (optional) remote control into a mouse, audio inputs (one of each) for external speakers and PC audio jacks, and video inputs for Composite and S-Video. Everything is clearly labeled and nicely spaced out to allow for maximum plug-and-play ease.

Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Input Connections

Remote Control

If you’re looking for a simple, functional, unfussy, and super-duper, ultra-compact remote control, then the one for the CP718E will more than suffice. Offering many of the standard button options such as Menu, Input, Auto, and Blank, if there was anything I’d take slight issue with is the fact that the standard issue remote control for the CP718E is perhaps too compact. Smaller than a credit card, this remote control measures in at a miniscule 3 ¼ inches in length and 1 ¼ inches in width. Some may prefer things as compact as they can be, but for me personally, I’d go with an upgrade to the remote control that’s used with the CP755EW and the CP745ES which is a little more ergonomically designed (while still maintaining a compact feel), and offers a couple of really nifty options for the academic or business presenter by featuring a laser pointer and the ability to turn the remote into a mouse via a USB connection from the projector to your PC. Either way, whether you decide to stay with the included remote or upgrade to the slightly larger one, they’ll ultimately both do the job for you. Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Remote Control

PERFORMANCE – Boxlight LCD Projector


For those relatively new or completely green to the world of multipurpose, presentation projectors, the CP718E by Boxlight is a great way to introduce yourself without feeling confused or frustrated. This is due in no small part to a few “Auto” features which include Auto Brightness, Auto Keystone, Auto Ceiling Mount, and Auto Search. Auto Brightness does two things for you: it automatically adjusts lumen light output for ambient light sources that are present in the room, and because of this; it also prolongs your projector’s lamp by never having to use more than it needs. Auto Keystone, with just the simple touch of a button, makes sure you never have to deal with a distorted, trapezoidal image, and Auto Ceiling Mount automatically adjusts the image to your projectors specific orientation. Finally, auto search automatically detects your input device, saving you the hassle of having to scroll through all of them. While nothing groundbreaking in and of themselves, taken as a whole, these four auto features definitely simplify the projection process, and make for a more enjoyable and efficient experience that doesn’t get bogged down by all of the micro details that often go hand-in-hand with using a projector.

In terms of the actual projecting of the image, the lens on the CP718E offers a focus and zoom ring with a 1.2:1 zoom ratio, along with stellar short-throw capabilities. If you find yourself in a smaller room, the CP718E is capable of throwing a 100-inch image from just under 12 feet, and just over nine-and-a-half feet. This is a really nice option because we don’t always have the luxury of large rooms from which to project from.

The chart below illustrates the various throw distances for the Boxlight CP718E.

Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Throw Chart

Another area of interest is keystone adjustment, and in the case of the CP718E LCD projector, it offers a vertical keystone adjustment of plus or minus 30 degrees. While Auto Keystone all but renders this mostly useless, for those wanting to get familiar with the process of manually keystoning a projector, that option is still available to you.

In addition to ease of use, where Boxlight truly shines is in adding in accessories such as cables and air filters with their products. The CP718E is no exception, including cables for: VGA, S-Video, Composite, and audio, as well as a bonus air filter. As you may have gathered, Boxlight seems intent on offering as much bang for your buck, and all these bonus accessories and value-added features go a long way towards fulfilling that mandate. And as if to emphasize that the CP718E is indeed a multipurpose portable projector, the fine folks at Boxlight have also included a snug and handy carrying case with adjustable shoulder straps to make sure the projector gets around safe and secure.

Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Carrying Case

Once you’re physically set-up with your projector, you then need to acclimatize yourself with the various user menus. The Boxlight CP718E features five user menus that include: Picture, Audio, Setting, Advanced, and Presentation, each offering a series of useful features and options. The Picture menu gives you control of over items such as Brightness, Contrast, Sharpness, Color, and Tint – the latter two of which are only available in video mode (Composite or S-Video connection) – as well as six picture presets that include Powerful, Video, Presentation, Natural, Cinema, and User. For those of you who aren’t comfortable or simply don’t have the time to make all your picture adjustments manually using Brightness, Contrast, etc., these available preset display modes are sure to offer the option that’s perfectly suited to what it is you happen to be projecting. Other menus of note include the Setting menu where you’ll find the previously discussed Auto Keystone and auto search options, along with the Presentation menu where you’ll find the aforementioned auto ceiling and Auto Brightness, as well as two lamp modes featuring normal and economic. Normal mode can project a max ANSI lumen output of 2200 with a lamp life of 2000 hours, while economic mode offers 1700 ANSI lumens of output with 3000 hours of lamp life. The idea of having two lamp modes to choose from is a nice touch because you don’t always need max lamp light output, while conversely, when you do, in fact, need a little extra juice, you can do so with a simple selection.    

Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Picture Menu Display Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Setting Menu Display
Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD Projector Presentation Menu Display

And for those who appreciate having peace of mind (who doesn’t?), the CP718E LCD projector offers an Anti-Theft feature via a Kensington lock attachment (sold separately) so you can be sure that your projector is always in the right hands.

Out-Of-Box Picture

As is customary with any projector review, the CP718E was first tested out-of-box, using only the factory default settings. Being that we’re dealing with primarily a presentation projector, I hooked it up to my laptop and tried it out with various programs like Word, Photoshop and PowerPoint. In terms of text, everything was crisp and clear and easy on the eyes. With respect to photos and graphics, color saturation and color gamut was good, with most everything coming off bright and vivid, while contrast was above average, showing a good amount of detail in a variety of different lighting schemes. All in all, this was a terrific start. 

I then made the following adjustments:

Brightness 45
Contrast 55
Sharpness 1 (default)
Display Mode User

Adjusting the display mode from Natural to User seemed to bring out more details in various images, giving them just a little more pop. Contrast also seemed to benefit slightly, as did the color saturation.

As mentioned a few times already, while the primary purpose for the CP718E projector is for business and academic presentations, it offers enough in the way of user options and multimedia functionality that I also examined how it performed with video playback. Connected via an S-Video cable using a Pioneer DV-400V DV player and the movie Death to Smoochy, I again first tested the projector using only out-of-box settings. While it’s quite easy to get spoiled by the glorious images that are routinely rendered via high-def output, for those of you out there that are still content with, and enjoy, DVD-quality picture, you’ll be more than satisfied with what the CP718E has to offer. Color gamut and color saturation came off surprisingly well, while flesh tones were rendered nicely, finding that happy middle between pale white and sun-burnt orange. Contrast was good overall, though in specifically dark or brightly blown-out scenes, it proved a little more difficult to maintain details without having to have an image that was either too dark or too bright.

I then came to the following settings:

Brightness 43
Contrast 55
Sharpness 1 (default)
Color 58
Tint 50 (default)
Display Mode User

While either Cinema or Video would’ve seemed like logical choices, I found that cinema de-saturated the images a little too much, while conversely, Video seemed to over-saturate everything. Having said that, User seemed to strike the perfect balance and the main rewards reaped here was modestly improved contrast and color saturation. As well, while the knock on LCD technology seems to be a clear and crisp image at the expense of texture and richness, I can honestly say that the video playback quality on the CP718E did have a very natural, smooth, and cinematic-look to it.


Having calibrated quite a few different Boxlight projectors now, it’s quite easy to feel spoiled when taking into account just how simple they’ve proven to be in this regard. Out-of-box functionality was very good considering how close the calibrated and by-eye picture adjustment numbers were, and the mid-range IRE numbers balanced out without issue, settling into an almost perfect color temperature of 6572K once red was bumped up and blue was dialed back.

The results of said calibration were quite marginal, though in terms of color accuracy and saturation, things did appear to look more spot-on. As I’ve mentioned in my other reviews for the Boxlight CP700 series of projectors – CP755EW and CP745ES – I don’t really think these types of projectors that are mainly designed with business and academic presentations in mind require a professional calibration. The CP718E offers more than enough in the way of solid, out-of-box performance and user menu options (with six available image presets), that you’ll have no problem customizing the image that works best for your needs.

FINAL THOUGHTS – Boxlight LCD Projector

Politicians take note: there is a way to stay under budget while still delivering something of substance and quality. In the case of Boxlight, they’ve done so with the CP718E multipurpose LCD projector that manages to blend reliable performance and ease of use, into a solid package that can enhance any presentation for well under a thousand dollars.

Boxlight CP718E Portable Multipurpose LCD ProjectorTop View



205 watt NHS

Lamp Life

2000 (Normal Mode) 3000 (Eco Mode)


16.7 Million True Color

Aspect Ratio

Native 4:3 Compatible 16:9

Contrast Ratio


Display Type


H-Sync Range

Horizontal—15-69 kHz

V-Sync Range

Vertical—43-85 Hz


Composite Video, Mini audio jack, VGA in x 2
(Y,PbPrx1) S-Video


RGB computer out Mini jack audio ,RS232, USB


1 X 2 watt speakers

Audible Noise

33dB(Normal) / (30dB( ECO)


(WxDxH) 12.1” x 10.6” x 3.8” inches

Image Height


Screen Color


Image Width


Image Diag Size



6.4 LB

Projector Lens

Manual zoom/focus

Diag Image Size

40 to 300 inches

Keystone Adj.

(+/- 30º) Vertical


Remote & on projector

Power Supply

AC 100-240V at 50-60Hz Auto changing

Power Consumption

250 Watts Avg

HDTV/EDTV Compatibility

480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i

Video Compatibility


Workstation Compatibility


Viewing Angle


Throw Distance



1700 ANSI Lumens (Economy) / 2200 ANSI lumens (Normal)

Verdict recommendations are ranked from best to worst as follows:

Highly Recommended                      
Moderate Recommendation            
Take A Pass
Avoid Like The Plague 

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