Product News: The latest projectors

Product News: The latest projectors

ARN reviews the latest home projectors

Mitsubishi Electric HC4900

Designed to be an affordable home theatre projector, the HC4900 displays pictures at 1080p high resolution with a contrast ratio of 7500:1. The unit has HDMI and DVI connectors to ensure a high quality signal from the video source, and runs at 19dB in low noise mode. The lamp lasts for up to 5000 hours and can be accessed via a side panel for quick replacement. The HC4900 features three C2 Fine inorganic LCD panels which Mitsubishi claims are more durable and provide more colour-consistent, even-toned images than previous generation LCD panels. The vendor has also added a protective filter to the LCD block housing to help reduce dust landing on the panels, producing cleaner images. The HC4900 has a sleek, black design and features power zoom and focus plus lens shift to provide users with fl exible options for installation. It also includes a trigger terminal to assist users who have a motorised projection screen by automatically dropping the screen when the projector is switched on.

Distributed by: Also Technology, TodayTech, Multimedia Technology, CompuWholesale, BMS Technology, XiT, Altech Computers and A Brighter Image.

RRP: $3999

Acer P1266

With 2500 ANSI lumens brightness and XGA resolution, Acer claims the P1266 has a clear and vibrant display. Notable features include an HDMI port, a six-segment colour wheel with 3X rotation speed, support for both 4:3 displays and widescreen through Acer SmartFormat, and Acer ColorBoost II technology for depicting vivid graphics and enhanced details. The remote control features a dedicated key for faster access to Acer Empowering Technology tools, along with laser pointer and page up/down functionality. Acer’s Empowering Technology toolkit includes Acer ePower Management, which allows users to customise power-saving configurations. There’s also a High Altitude Mode with faster fan speeds to prevent damage even when using the projector at high altitudes. Acer eView Management offers a range of projector settings to suit any presentation environment and content type, such as Blackboard Mode for projecting images on a traditional green chalkboard and Acer eTimer Management to provide on-screen visual cues, keeping presentations on schedule. Additionally, Acer eOpening Management creates a customised projector start-up image with a company logo or personal photo.

Distributed by: Ingram Micro, Bluechip Infotech and Cellnet.

RRP: $1699


This projector is Windows Vista compatible, enabling it to be quickly and simply connected to any local network. The VT800G’s Ethernet compatibility and Windows remote desktop control functionality allow users to call up files and stream data from remote content sources. Ethernet connectivity then makes it possible to quickly transfer data to the projector, providing simple access to presentation material. Last-minute adjustments or selecting particular files in a directory can also be performed using a mouse and keyboard, which can be connected to the projector via USB ports. According to NEC, the VT800G achieves its highest possible video quality using the strong noise suppression of HQVTM (Hollywood Quality Video) technology. The projector has a brightness of 2700 ANSI lumens and is suitable for deployment in the public sector, as well as companies and education providers running conferences, meetings, presentations or lectures. Connectivity features include two VGA ports, S-video, video and audio ports, as well as a 3.5mm stereo audio output port.

Distributed by: NEC.

RRP: $2860

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