ViewSonic first to market with iPod-based projector

ViewSonic first to market with iPod-based projector

Vendor aims new products at SOHO, SMB and corporate market

ViewSonic claims to have the launched the world's first projector made for iPods. It can project images straight from an iPod Video.

Users can dock the iPod into the projector to watch videos, eliminating the need to use a PC. It recharges the iPod whilst showing the content and has a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The PJ258D also contains a direct off feature that allows users to unplug the projector without having to shut it down. It has a retail price of $1799.

The vendor also took the wrappers off another three new projectors: the PJ588D, PJ358D and PJ503D. The PJ588D features a brightness of 3000 lumens, digital keystone correction and 1024 x 768 XGA resolution. Priced at $2999, users can connect the device to a computer or add a video source. It also supports 720p and 1080i HD signals.

The PJ358D features a short throw, which means it can project a 60-inch sized image from 1.5m away. Users can also project jpeg images from the device without needing a PC. The PJ503D is targeted at entry-level users and is priced at $799.

ViewSonic account manager, Linda Kang, said the latest projectors were a part of its strategy to target the home user, SOHO, SMB and corporate markets.

The range will be available through ViewSonic's distributors, Ingram Micro and Synnex.

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