Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.
Projectors marketed for corporate applications may be used in a wide variety of specific venues from small meeting rooms to large auditoriums. Customization and adaptability are the keys to success in this market segment because a lot can be riding on a successful presentation free of technical glitches. Dual-lamp models are becoming more common, and multiple aspect configurations may be saved for tweaking performance to suit specific program material. The models we survey here are indicative of the current trends in the corporate projector realm.
With a brightness rating of 6000 ANSI lumens, Barco's RLM-W6 is a projector for midsize applications including large boardrooms and training environments. The 3-DLP design produces a contrast ratio of 2000:1 with a 1920x1200-pixel screen resolution. Features include picture-in-picture and a built-in web interface that can mirror the functions of the handheld IR remote. The Projector Toolset software can be used for a Barco projector network, and the unit's lenses are interchangeable with those from the RLM G5 and RLM G5i models.
New features such as built-in email monitoring and online web access highlight the capabilities of the 3LCD Pro5000SL from Boxlight. Four lens options make it capable of adapting to a wide range of environments with various throw requirements. With a brightness spec of 5000 lumens in standard mode, 500:1 contrast ratio, and 1024x768 native resolution (1600x1200 supported), the Pro5000 can be used in midsize boardrooms and classrooms with its full complement of analog video formats in addition to DVI-I. The projector weighs in at 15lbs. without a lens, and it uses 430W power.
Using Canon's advanced imaging and proprietary AISYS light engine technology, the new Realis SX7 Mark II is an LCoS projector with 1400x1050 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 4000 lumens brightness in a 4:3 visual format. The SX7 Mark II puts LCoS imaging in an ultraportable package with a powered 1.7X zoom lens that allows a 100in. image to be shown from a distance of only 9.8ft. From 7.9ft, it can project an image of up to 80in. Inputs include analog and digital PC, composite, component, and S-Video.
At the top of Casio's Green Slim line of LED and laser hybrid projectors is the XJ-A245U with 2500 lumens, 1800:1 contrast ratio, and much longer lamp life than models using standard mercury lamps. It can cover a 100in. screen, and it provides a native resolution of 1200x800. Additional features include auto and manual keystone correction, Kensington-compatible security, and video connections for VGA and HDMI.
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