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What's New: <i>ARN</i> looks at the latest projectors for the week commencing May 23, 2007.

What's New: <i>ARN</i> looks at the latest projectors for the week commencing May 23, 2007.

Mitsubishi Electric XD206U

The portable XD206U is powered by Mitsubishi's newly developed optical engine and runs at 2000 lumens brightness. It offers a contrast ratio of 2000:1 through an all-glass high definition lens, designed to eliminate excess light in image dark areas. A feature called Video Line Doubler also gives improved cross colouring and eliminates "jaggies" for clearer still images with crisp contours. The projector weighs 2.9kg and has an Instant Shutdown feature, ensuring the lamp isn't damaged if the power is disconnected before it cools down. Password lock protection and a security hook prevents unauthorised access. Other features include a filter-free design for easy maintenance; a remote control so the unit can be controlled externally and integrated into custom installations; dual PC input to allow more than one computer to be connected at one time; and monitor output to allow a PC monitor to be hooked up while the projector is connected to desktop PC.
Distributed by Multimedia Technology, TodayTech, XiT Distribution, BMS Technology, CompuWholesale, Also Technology and ABI.
RRP: $1399

InFocus Play Big IN78

This digital projector is an enhanced version of the Play Big IN76 and sits alongside InFocus' IN72, IN74, IN76 and SP777 machines. Running on Texas Instrument's DLP DarkChip3, the IN78 projects native HD video and images with advanced colour and black level calibration functions. Users and/or installers can program pre-set configurations for both day and night time viewing. The unit is also calibrated to D65 colour mastering standards, which InFocus says allows it to create cinema-quality colour in every image. The IN78 is easy to use and features a patented zoom focus wheel, which allows the lens to be inset. This protects it from fingerprints and damage. Like its Play Big predecessors, the latest machine includes an integrated cable cover to hide unwanted wires when ceiling mounted and a removable integrated swivel pedestal that simplifies tabletop set-up.
Distributed by International Dynamics.
RRP: $5999

ViewSonic PJ358

ViewSonic is aiming its latest projector at the business environment, suggesting the unit for mid-large boardrooms or mobile presentations. Weighing in at 1.8kg, the PJ358 delivers more than 2200 lumens, features a contrast ratio of 500:1 and a 1024 x 768 XGA resolution for dynamic, high quality presentations. It can also be adjusted to different lighting situations. Using 3LCD technology, the PJ358 seeks to reduce eyestrain and produce clear, crisp images by decreasing colour break up and enhancing dark and shadowed image areas. It has a short throw and can project a 60-inch image size from 1.5m, making it ideal for smaller areas. With a USB flash drive, users can project MJPG and JPG images from the PJ358 without the need for a PC. Time-poor professionals will also appreciate the Quick Set Up function, which automatically corrects the vertical keystone to square the projected image.
Distributed by Synnex and Ingram Micro.
RRP: $1699

Epson EMP-1815

The EMP-1815 offers 802.11a/b/g wireless connectivity with enhanced security, two modes of PC free operation, and superb 3LCD image quality. It comes with Epson EasyMP software to manage wireless connections, networking and PC-free projection options. The unit can be connected to a computer or laptop via its standard USB 2.0 port. It features advanced multi-screen display - a first in Epson projectors -making it possible to project different content on up to four projectors from a single laptop or PC, both wirelessly and by LAN. This allows supporting material to be displayed alongside a main presentation, or for users to run multiple presentations simultaneously. According to Epson, 3LCD technology has no moving parts to interrupt the light path, allowing for smooth and sharp playback of graphics, images and video content with no colour break-up. The projector weighs 3.1kg.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Alloys International and Westan.
RRP: $3999

Lenovo M500

Lenovo promotes its M500 as a solution for mobile projection needs, such as on the road, in classrooms, conference rooms, or at home. The projector has brightness of 1700 lumens, which can be downgraded to 1400 in economy mode. This provides a contrast of up to 2000:1. The unit weighs 1.1kg and measures 53mm x 195mm x 162mm (H x W x D). It has XGA native resolution (1024 x 768), is compatible with SVGA, SXGA and VGA inputs, and is based on DLP technology. Video compatibility is easy, with NTSC, PAL, SECAM, SDTV (480i), EDTV (480p) and HDTV (720p, 1080i) inputs. The M500 ships with a carrying case, which houses a remote with laser pointer and the necessary cables to connect the unit to PCs, DVDs, HDTV tuners, VHS and digital cameras.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Synnex and Cellnet.
RRP: $2599

Toshiba tw95

Based on Toshiba's new easy to use concept and compact design, this DLP projector delivers a brightness of 2200 ANSI lumens. Its high 2000:1 contrast and newly optimized NCE II (Natural Colour Enhancer) chip for enhanced natural colour reproduction round out the package. Features include auto-focus, digital power zoom, keystone correction, wireless functionality and instant shutdown. The tw95 has password protection and the option of superimposing a user logo onto the projected image. With a USB port and low weight for added mobility, it can be used in a variety of situations. In addition, the wireless LAN function (802.11b/g) means the projector can be used anywhere in a conference room without cables. Users can connect a range of input media via the two RGB inputs (via D-sub15) and the RCA and S-video inputs, while presentations can be enhanced by connecting audio sources via three audio inputs (one mini jack and two RCAs). The projector also offers an RGB and audio output.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Cellnet, Dicker Data and BMS Technology.
RRP: $2999


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