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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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Sony has invested a lot of resources in developing an inorganic alignment film and new LCD materials to be used in high-temperature polycrystalline silicon (HTPS) thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD panels for its energy-efficient BrightEra projectors. The reflective LCoS-type LCD device Sony calls Silicon X-tal Reflective Display (SXRD) provides AV projectors such as its VPL-FE40 model with enhanced picture quality and high durability, which are welcome in corporate installations. With SXGA+ (1400x1050) native resolution and 4000-lumen brightness, the Sony VPL-FE40 comes with two RGB HD D-Sub 15-pin inputs, one RGB/component with five BNC connectors, and one digital RGB/component HDMI input. The VPL-FE40 offers network control via RJ45 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX. The lamp is accessible from the side of the projector, and the filter is accessible from the front for easy maintenance.

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Getting friendly with a corporate projector can't get much easier than with the Toshiba TLP-X200U because it features a human voice that guides a presenter through its setup, operation, and even password protection. Its 27 voice commands even announce maintenance warnings when needed, such as, "The lamp life is ending, so please replace the lamp." The TLP-X200U also comes with unique multiscreen capabilities to produce even larger images by linking up to four projectors. Toshiba's TLP-X200U also benefits from autosetup and quick power shutdown and wireless (IEEE 802.11b/g) and remote networking capabilities. It has a USB port for PC-free presentations and an HDMI port to bring in high-definition playback sources. The projector features 3000 ANSI lumens of brightness, XGA resolution (1024x768), Toshiba's unique Natural Color Enhancer5, and up to 2000 hours of lamp life—which can be extended to 3000 hours in Eco mode.

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