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NEC Releases New Classroom DLP Projector

NEC Display Solutions of America announced the latest addition to its NP portable projector series, the NP216 DLP projector. The NP216 is geared toward the education market and provides a selection of connectivity solutions.

NEC Display Solutions of America announced the latest addition to its NP portable projector series, the NP216 DLP projector. Company officials said the NP216 is geared toward the education market and provides a selection of connectivity solutions.

According NEC, teachers and corporate end users alike can benefit from such features as dual VGA inputs, which provide multiple computer inputs and eliminate the need to alternate between computer sources from a single input. Other I/Os offered include Composite video, S-video, and Component video. Also included in the NP216 are improved RS-232 and RJ45 connections for advanced control and asset management, the company says.

NEC officials explained that the projectors DLP Link technology from Texas Instruments allows customers to project 3D images, for teachers who want to further immerse students in lessons. Additionally, the variable audio-out feature enables users to connect self-powered external loudspeakers to the projector.

"NEC's new NP216 offers educators flexible connectivity options that work for them and allows simple technology integration into the classroom," said Rich McPherson, product manager for projectors at NEC Displays Solutions, in a statement. "Teachers and corporate users alike will find the expansive feature set to be versatile and functional, providing them with the tools they need to communicate to their audience."

The company estimates the NP216's lamp life to last up to 5,000 hours when used in Eco mode. Power management turns the projector off automatically when an incoming signal is not detected on any of the inputs, adds the company, and the projector's quick-start and power-off technologies allow for faster use and shutdown without a cooling period. The new remote includes a green Eco Mode button that works with the carbon footprint meter to monitor the projector's energy usage.

Other features include a 1024x768 XGA native resolution, 2,000:1 contrast ratio, 2,500 lumens, built-in 7-watt loudspeaker, AV mute and image freeze, and security features such as a Kensington lock, keypad lock, password system, and security bar.

The new NP216 is expected to begin shipping in April with an estimated street price of $1,099.



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