Product News: <i>ARN</i> reviews the latest products for the week commencing June 20, 2007

Product News: <i>ARN</i> reviews the latest products for the week commencing June 20, 2007

Mitsubishi Electric HC3100

A high resolution of 1280 x 768 and contrast ratio of 4500:1 are among the list of features incorporated into Mitsubishi's latest projector. Featuring colour reproduction techniques, the HC3100 includes the latest DMD Darkchip3 technology to project an even blacker black. The process achieves quality reductions in reflection, creating a crisper, clearer contrast. The projector contains a motorised iris that enables optical contrast adjustments. These can be used to toggle the optimal light output for what is being viewed. The iris can also be narrowed for use in lower light rooms. Another key feature is the trigger terminal, which will automatically drop any motorised projection screen. Users can also choose the colour wheel speed.

Distributed by Mitsubishi Electric.
RRP: $3299

InFocus Play Big IN78

Featuring native high-definition projection, this machine will work with HDTV, HD DVD, and Bluray technology and can be connected to nearly any consumer electronic device such as DVD players, TVs and computers. It offers a 720p resolution and can be ceiling-mounted. The high-gloss, black and satin chrome unit has a wide variety of inputs, including HDMI and M1-DA, and provides connectivity to almost any source. Its additional calibration options ensure the image can be adapted for any environment. Armed with the latest Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing (DLP) DarkChip3, the InFocus Play Big IN78 can be configured for both day and night time, and users can save the settings as presets. The projector is calibrated to D65 colour mastering standards that can create cinema-quality colour in every image.
Distributed by International Dynamics.
RRP: $5999

LaCie Biggest FW800

This storage device harnesses the power of four hot-swappable disks arrayed together. LaCie claims it is ideal for audio and video professionals that require high-end performance at an affordable price. With a rapid sustained transfer of up to 70Mbps, the FW800 comes in two capacities - 1TB and 2TB. Built-in RAID technology provides a combination of high available capacity and data rescue. The 2TB model supports RAID levels 0, 0+1, 5 and RAID 5+ hot spare with automatic background rebuilding (in RAID 0+1, 5 and 5+spare). This flexible storage solution is easy for users to install and is compatible with both PC and Mac platforms. The machine also employs a safe recovery system.
Distributed by Ingram Micro and Express Online.
RRP: 1TB - $1899; 2TB - $2449

Quantum StorNext 3.0

Aimed at enhancing information sharing, this management software offers data de-duplication for reduced data retention costs, according to Quantum. StorNext 3.0 extends resilient data sharing to servers on the local area network (LAN) and integrates Quantum's patented data de-duplication technology to reduce data retention costs even further. Users can expand their capacity and replace storage devices while keeping the system online. The software features a Distributed LAN Client that allows applications on the LAN to access a shared pool of storage faster - and with a higher level of resiliency - than most traditional network sharing methods. It uses clustered gateways for access and an optimised communication protocol for performance. The LAN Client also delivers load balancing and transparent I/O failover.
Distributed by Intraware, ACA Pacific and Express Data.
RRP: Pricing depends on configuration

NEC Multeos M46

According to the vendor, this model is part of a new line of multifunction monitors that delivers on the promise of Web and broadcast content convergence. It is designed to establish a new premium standard in the home media/theatre, digital signage and AV markets by offering professional-grade, high-quality components and network capable connectivity. The Multeos features a host of PC and AV inputs as well as the ability to be configured with a quality HD tuner. This model also incorporates technology designed specifically for digital signage and broadcast applications where displaying crystal clear text, graphics, video and broadcast applications is critical, NEC said. The 46-inch LCD utilises an all-metal chassis and a proprietary Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) chipset for quality video and crisp, clear graphics that won't distort during image scaling. It offers full high-definition 1080p resolution at 1920 x 1080 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The M46 also includes the vendor's Digital Signage Technology Suite (DSTS), which has more than 20 features and functions developed specifically for digital signage. High Digital Content Protection (HDCP) can be used with future high-definition components, while the monitor's High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) can transmit uncompressed streams. With selective gamma curves, users can auto adjust the colour scheme for even-looking, true-colour pictures designed specifically for different applications. They also have the ability to lock out all functions, including power, to limit non-users from adjusting preset settings. The device also involves Proprietary IR (infrared) codes to prevent unauthorized remotes from controlling the monitor. There's also the option to include attachable speakers. The Multeos M46 display is Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant and contains fully disposable plastics and minimal amounts of hazardous materials.
Distributed by Ingram Micro, Multimedia Technology, Edsys, Dicker Data, Alfa and Image Design Technology.
RRP: $9199

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