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Technology Showcase: Corporate Projectors

Apr 13, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney

Today's business projectors squeeze clever features into smaller packages.

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The BenQ MP522 ST, which puts out 2000 lumens and features XGA resolution, is designed for installation in small spaces and requires only a half-meter of projection distance thanks to the special aspherical lens adopted by BenQ. The MP522 has two remote IR control sensors, one in the front and one in the back—so the presenter always gets an instant response from the projector. The BenQ MP727 has a chip that can present UXGA resolution from its native XGA design, puts out 4300 lumens, and features a 3500:1 contrast ratio. The MP727 has built-in color-management technology that provides independent control of the six colors' (RGBCMY) hue, gain, and saturation levels.

Canon Realis SX800

Canon Realis SX800

At the beginning of this year, Canon introduced the Realis SX800, the latest advancement in its line of Realis multimedia projectors. Featuring a 3000-lumen output and a contrast ratio of 900:1, the new SX800 provides an affordable alternative for XGA (1024x768) users seeking to upgrade to a higher-resolution SXGA+ (1400x1050) projector. The SX800 employs Canon's own next-generation 0.55in. LCoS reflective LCD panels as part of Canon's proprietary Aspectual Illumination System (AISYS) optical engine, which nearly eliminates the screen-door effect—a faint grid pattern sometimes seen in transmissive LCD projection.

Canon would also recommend its top-of-the-line Realis WUX10, which is the world's first WUXGA-resolution (1920x1200) widescreen multimedia projector using LCoS technology. The Canon Realis SX800 and WUX10 projectors include unique Canon user-friendly features such as Off and Go, which allows users to pack up quickly after a presentation by simply unplugging the power cord. They also boast autosetup functions for focus, keystone, signal inputs, and screen color correction; an RJ-45 Ethernet port; and a built-in network interface for centralized control and monitoring of multiple projector units.

The six models in the M series of projectors from Christie Digital Systems make up a flexible and efficient family of 3-chip DLP projectors built on a dual-lamp, mercury platform with feature-rich functionality for flexibility of use. Christie's M series projectors include the DS+6K-M at 5000 lumens, the HD6K-M at 5100 lumens, the DS+10K-M at 9300 lumens, the HD10K-M at 9500 lumens, and two Christie Roadster models with stacking and rigging for road-worthiness. These include two resolutions: SX+ (1400x1050) and HD (1920x1080), and all HD models in this series offer a motorized yellow-notch filter for improved reproduction of skin tones, richer color depth, and more natural-looking images in their video display. At the highest brightness level of 9500 lumens, the projector draws a maximum power of 1320W, making the M series the brightest and most efficient on the market in its class. Christie is a leader in supporting environmentally safe projector design.

With a brightness of 2500 lumens and 1280x800 WXGA resolution, the Dell 1609WX DLP projector is designed for 16:10 presentations. The 1609WX reduces cost and maintenance with a lamp life up to 4000 hours in quiet-running Eco mode, and its modular design simplifies replacement. The versatile 1609WX offers extensive connectivity options including dual VGA, which enables a seamless transition between presenters that reduces downtime between presentations. It also has DVI-D, S-Video, composite video, component video via VGA, and RS-232 connectivity options. Since it weighs only 4.95lbs., the 1609WX is easy to carry or mount so it can provide the flexibility of front and rear projection.

Digital Projection Titan 1080p-500

Digital Projection Titan 1080p-500

The Digital Projection twin-lamp Titan 1080p-500 is built around the latest in 1080p 3-chip DLP technology to produce 6000 lumens and 2000:1 contrast. The Titan 1080p-500's seven standard inputs accept nearly all video and computer formats including HD-SDI and HDCP-compliant DVI. The Titan's sealed optics and user-selectable Xenon color mode give it a lamp life of up to 3000 hours. Digital Projection's CoolTek engineering delivers the highest lumen performance with the lowest thermal (BTU) and noise-level output.

From Eiki, the LC-W5 LCD projector—capable of 6000 lumens at 90 percent uniformity—is built with LCD panels that deliver a 2000:1 contrast ratio at WXGA (1366x800) resolution, making it compatible with normal and widescreen input resolutions up to UXGA and 1080p. The LC-X85 3LCD model is 7000 lumens bright at XGA resolution and includes one DVI and five BNC inputs among its professional input configurations. Eiki's EIP-WX5000 projector puts out 5200 lumens from 3-chip DLP imaging technology to deliver a seamless high-contrast image.

The best-selling projector brand worldwide, Epson, would suggest its PowerLite G5000, which offers XGA resolution, 4000 lumens white light output, and 4000 lumens color light output at a 1000:1 contrast ratio. The G5000 features Epson's latest 3-chip LCD optical engine to deliver enhanced color and detail without a spinning color wheel so there's no possibility of rainbows or color breakup. It includes a closed-captioning decoder, which makes presentations accessible to viewers with hearing impairments. It makes the G5000 one of a few projectors that comply with section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires a decoder for every projector that comes with a built-in tuner.

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