Corporate Projectors Technology Showcase
Sep 21, 2011 4:51 PM, by Mike Keadle
When projectors first hit the market, they were all large, heavy, and offered minimal light output. As technology has advanced, projectors have taken on new form and function. Today’s corporate projectors can encompass a wide variety of different features targeted for a larger training room or boardroom, some target a smaller and more interactive setting, and some are strictly for the road warrior who needs the capability to present in a mobile environment. Here is a look at the latest corporate projector offerings.
Barco has added to its corporate projection offerings with its CLM-HD6 projector. The CLM-HD6 is a 1920x1080 resolution single-chip DLP projector offering 6,000 lumens of light output. It is ideally suited for fixed installations in a boardroom, training room, or small auditorium. It offers advanced color saturation and a 1300:1 contrast ratio. It features a sealed DLP core, horizontal and vertical lens shift, and advanced PIP. Inputs include dual HDMI, 5-BNC, VGA, composite, and S-Video. Lens options are available from a .81:1 fixed short throw to a 3.85–7.32:1 variable zoom lens allowing placement in nearly any location.
The new BenQ SH960 DLP projector offers a great solution for large rooms or areas with high ambient light. The SH960 features dual lamps, a 5500-lumen light output, and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. It is 1080p native resolution and features BenQ’s Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing. The SH960 features horizontal and vertical lens shift for flexible placement and a 1.62–2.43:1 zoom lens. Connections include VGA, HDMI, composite, S-Video, audio in, audio out, LAN, USB, RS-232, and a DC 12V trigger.
Canon’s REALiS WUX10 Mark IIprojector is the first 1920x1200 resolution projector to feature LCoS technology. The WUX10 Mark II is rated for 3200 lumens of brightness and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. It features Canon’s third-generation AISYS light engine to maximize the performance of the LCoS panels. The end result is a very bright, high-resolution projector with high contrast in a compact size. The projector also features an advanced color management system, which allows the user to fine tune the hue and saturation of each of the primary and secondary colors in order to ensure proper color display for any application. The included 1.48–2.18:1 variable lens allows for flexible placement and features Canon’s new coatings to reduce ghosting and glare. The WUX10 Mark II also provides Canon’s Off and Go feature. Users can simply unplug the projector and pack up while the internal circuitry of the projector continues to operate the fan, allowing the projector to cool.
Casio’s new lineup of lamp-free projectors offers great value to corporate users looking to maximize their total cost of ownership. The XJ-M255 projector is one example. The XJ-M255 is a 1280x800 WXGA projector rated at 3,000 lumens. It features all necessary connectivity for today’s corporate presentations— video, RGB, and even HDMI. It also features wireless LAN connectivity for monitoring. The advantage of the XJ-M255 as compared to other projectors in its class is its light engine. The Casio laser and LED hybrid light source features mercury-free illumination technology, consumes less than 1W of power in standby mode, and offers 20,000 hours without changing lamps. Featuring the same technology as the XJ-M255, the XJ-M155 offers a brightness of 3,000 lumens in an XGA native resolution for those who still need a traditional 4:3 format.
Christie Digital’s DHD670-E list of standard features suggests its use in conference rooms, training rooms, and even videoconferencing rooms. It features a native 1920x180 resolution, and is driven by a sealed DLP light engine, which outputs 5800 ANSI lumens in dual-lamp mode and 3850 ANSI lumens in economy mode. It ships standard with a high-brightness, six-segment color wheel, but it is available with a rich color wheel option for scenarios in which extremely accurate color reproduction is necessary. The DHD670-E is available with lens options ranging from a fixed .8:1 ratio to a variable 4.0 to 7.0:1 ratio for placement into most any situation. It features a full suite of inputs (including HDMI with HDCP), and also offers both a picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture mode, which is ideal for use displaying both far and near end participants of a videoconferencing call.
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