Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.
Hitachi introduced the CP-X3011 in April with a number of interesting features. For added customization, Hitachi's My Buttons feature can be used to program two buttons to execute any of the projector's commands. Users can also rename any input source to suit their needs. The 3LCD unit generates 3200 lumens with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and the lamp can last up to 3000 hours in Eco mode. The projector also offers four templates for use when writing on whiteboards, and the gamma can be easily adjusted when projecting on a whiteboard for less harsh reflection.
Custom skins and a wide range of video input formats are some of the aces the InFocus IN5304 can play in displaying 4000-ANSI-lumen images in resolutions up to 1200x800. The interchangeable skins come in walnut, matte or glossy black, matte white, and preprimed custom colors to match any boardroom or auditorium décor. The IN5300 series has built-in web support that provides network access to monitoring and control functions. A dynamic messaging system provides networked display of important messages and alerts. RGBHV on BNC connectors, component video, 15-pin PC, and HDMI 1.3 allow a versatile range of video sources.
JVC recently released the new 10-megapixel DLA-SH7NLG with three 4K2K D-ILA display elements delivering 5000 ANSI lumens and a 10,000:1 native contrast ratio. The unit can display up to four screens at WUXGA resolution using dual 330W high-pressure mercury lamps—which, running in low power mode, can last up to 3000 hours. For added environmental adaptability, there are three lenses available including short-focus and telescopic models. Using a GUI control, convergence can be adjusted to 1/10 pixel accuracy, and three gamma tables and six internally generated test patterns are included.
For light travel and quick setup, LG Electronics offers the super-small HX300G. Less than 6 1/2in. wide and weighing only 1.5lbs., the unit can produce a 40in. image from only 3.6ft. with its LED lamp. The 270-ANSI-lumen picture has a contrast ratio of 2000:1, and the lamp can last up to 30,000 hours. The USB Host function plays back HD DivX videos, stills, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents without a computer. The inputs include USB, HDMI, composite, 15-pin RGB, and audio on a mini jack, and there is a mini stereo headphone jack. The native aspect ratio is 4:3, and the projector supports 16:9 as well. The 100W power consumption dips to 1W in standby mode.
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