Sep 17, 2013 11:56 AM, By Bennett Liles
Projection still sits atop the large display market, particularly in large deployments. For corporate boardrooms and training areas, the midsize projector with around 3,000 to 8,000 lumens can bring graphics and video to the audience with maximum clarity and brilliant color. Modern features involving interactivity and wireless video transmission have broadened the installation options and made it even easier to connect and conduct any presentation.
The CRNP-52B from Barco allows meeting and conference participants to display multiple charts, graphs, and video windows with its panoramic 21:9 aspect ratio and 2,560x1,080 native resolution. This reduces clutter in the installation that would otherwise require multiple projectors. The 5,000-lumen unit features a filter-free design and a dual 300W lamp system while producing images with its DLP imaging system. In single lamp mode, the projector can run for up to 5,000 hours without component replacements. It also offers an integrated web server along with inputs for two DVI-I sources, two HDMI 1.3a, two VGA, composite, component, and S-Video.
BenQ has designed the new MX661 projector for smart power usage, enabling it to coast at 0.5W in standby mode and use only 163W in SmartEco mode. The 3,000-lumen unit is 3D-ready with XGA resolution and an audio passthrough and internal speaker to allow it to function as a sound system while in standby mode. When no source is detected for more than 3 minutes, the unit automatically switches to Eco Blank mode to prolong the life of the 210W lamp. For PC-less teaching, the instructor can save files onto a USB drive in JPEG, JPG, BMP, Excel, Word, or PowerPoint, and connect the drive to the projector’s USB port. The projector can input signals in VGA, HDMI, composite (RCA), S-Video, and USB ports while remote control capability connects on a DB9 for RS-232 and LAN port for Ethernet.
The new ProjectoWrite5 WX3INST interactive projector from Boxlight is a 3,500-lumen, short-throw UXGA unit with dual pen control and optional Wi-Fi adapter. Capable of doing PC-less presentations with 1.5GB of internal multimedia storage, it can accept RGB on mini D-sub, HDMI, composite, and S-Video, along with USB for the interactive connections. There is also an RGB output for video and an audio output on a mini jack. The unit incorporates an internal 10W speaker. Remote control and monitoring systems can connect on LAN or RS-232 connections. The unit’s native aspect ratio is 16:10, and it is compatible with 16:9 and 4:3. The normal power use of 310W drops to .5W in standby mode.
Intended to combine the picture quality of larger installation projectors with the plug-and-play convenience of portable models, the new category of Pro AV Compact Installation iquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) projectors from Canon includes the REALiS WUX400ST, a short-throw configuration with WUXGA resolution at 4,000 lumens. Installation options are expanded with the unit’s new flat chassis and heat-exhaust design along with stacking capability in a package that is about 25 percent smaller than previous Canon Pro AV series projectors. The REALiS WUX400ST includes a 1.35X distortion-free zoom lens and a 0-75 percent lens-shift adjustment feature as well as built-in edge blending and a dozen built-in test patterns.
Using a hybrid light source composed of a laser, a fluorescent element, and an LED, the Casio XJ-M150 aims to be both greener and less expensive to operate than traditional mercury lamp designs. It reaches full brightness in around 8 seconds and requires no cool-down period. Installation options are aided by the 1.5X manual zoom and automatic brightness adjustment. The unit produces 3,000 lumens with XGA resolution and can fill anywhere from 30in. to 300in. of screen area using a 0.55in. DLP chip for imaging. Capable of ±30 degrees of keystone correction and producing 16.77 million colors, the LX-M150 can accept both VGA and HDMI sources.
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