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What's new from: HP, NEC, ViewSonic, Pinnalce, diNovo

What's new from: HP, NEC, ViewSonic, Pinnalce, diNovo

HP mp3130

HP’s mp3130 digital projector features wireless network capabilities 802.11b (via optional module), brightness with DLP technology and 1800 peak ANSI lumens with 4000 hours lamp life in economy mode. According to the company, the mp3130’s XGA resolution (1024 x 768) with VGA to SXGA+ scaling and high 1800:1 contrast ratio ensures clear, bright coloured images and crisp text. It contains a diverse array of video connectors including VGA, composite, S-Video, USB and IR-remote. The mp3130 detects the type of connector and adjusts itself to optimise image between business graphics and home theatre mode. A carry bag is included. The product is distributed in Australia by Tech Pacific.

RRP: $3899

NEC

NEC Australia has targeted four new portable and installable projectors at education, small business and small office/home office and home theatre as it expands its line of large area displays in the industry. The VT47, VT470 and VT670 — each of which represents an update to an existing model — offer improved features such as: increased brightness to better overcome ambient light in a room; intuitive design with plug-and-project installation and automatic synchronisation with a computer or video source so that anyone can use the projectors, easily; improved keystone correction which automatically projects a square image, even if the projector is tilted. The products also offersecurity from both unauthorised use and theft. The VT47 and VT470 are both SVGA (800 x 600 native resolution) projectors, with brightness of 1500 and 2000 ANSI lumens, respectively. The higher resolution VT670 offers 1024 x 768 native resolution and 2100 ANSI lumens. Enhanced security features include password protection to prevent unauthorized users from operating the projectors; and a security cable slot to physically lock down projectors to prevent theft. Meanwhile, the company has also introduced the MT1075 installation projector, a companion to the MT1065 model. It offers image quality, higher brightness, and extensive connectivity and installation options. The new projector also adds functionality to the image sensor. The image sensor (integrated inside the projector) detects the display area (screen or wall) so that the image can be adjusted automatically. Adjustment options are available for squareness (not only vertically, but also horizontally and diagonally), focus and colour adjustment (depending on the colour of the wall or screen onto which the image is projected). For a list of distributors, call 131 632.

RRP: VT47G: $1799, VT470G: $2398, VT670G: $3767 and MT1075: $9795.

ViewSonic N2000 LCD TV

ViewSonic’s 20-inch LCD TV incorporates a NextVision II digital video processor that provides enhanced colour, sharpness and clarity. The processor prohibits composite signals from reversing and smoothens scanning, this will present a more realistic and clearer imaging. The ViewSonic N2000 also offers the ClearMotiv digital HD broadcast-quality full motion technology that brings out the complete smoothness of motion pictures, according to the company. It is also equipped with Uniform Brite brightness management technology, which presents bright, clear and flawless images. The product supports the standards of a HDTV such as 720p, 1080i digital signal, and up to 92 million colour pixels. With the plug-in of a HDTV Box, it can receive high quality satellite television programs. Other features include the reverse 3.2 Pull Down that analyses each frame of video, removing unclear frames that were added during transfer from film to video, as well as detects and converts film content to properly display. It also offers a 3D digital comb filter that provides accurate processing of RF and composite video signals for a sharper and cleaner picture. The product is distributed in Australia by Ingram Micro and Synnex.

RRP: $1411.

Pinnacle ShowCenter

Pinnacle Systems has rolled out the ShowCenter, a digital media client for navigating and playing multimedia files from the PC to the TV and audio system in the home of office. The ShowCenter allows users to organise, stream video, audio and image files such as AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX,, MP3, WAV, JPG, BMP, and back-up files to CD and DVD. Server software searches and sorts all playable files in your PC. Unit connects to the PC via either network cable or wireless (optional). Also features parental lock and remote control. Platforms supported include Windows 2000 SP2 or later, XP Pro or Home. The product is distributed in Australia by Lako Pacific.

RRP: $599

diNovo Media Desktop

Logitech has released a cordless mouse-and-keyboard combination based on Bluetooth wireless technology. A peripheral that complements today’s flat-panel displays, the redesign takes a step further by detaching the number pad from the keyboard — so the new cordless solution includes four components — a reduced-width keyboard; an MX 900 rechargeable, optical mouse; a new multifunction MediaPad for today’s digital lifestyle; and a recharging module that serves as a Bluetooth hub, according to the company. The MediaPad acts as a number pad, a smart calculator and a Bluetooth remote commander. The Bluetooth hub provides a wireless bridge between the desktop PC and Bluetooth devices such as mobile phones, PDAs, printers and headsets. The Logitech diNovo Media Desktop is compatible with the Windows 2000 and XP operating systems. For notifications on the MediaPad, the diNovo Media Desktop supports Outlook Express, Windows Messenger 4.7, MSN Instant Messenger 5.0 and 6.0 along with Windows Media Player 9. The product is distributed in Australia by Tech Pacific, BJE, Ingram Micro and Synnex.

RRP: $499.


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