What's new from ... Sony, Epson, Hitachi

What's new from ... Sony, Epson, Hitachi


Sony is eradicating the clutter associated with presentations by replacing the notebook with Memory Stick technology. Weighing in at 2.5kg, the vendor's new VPLCX3 ultra-portable features 900 ANSI lumens and XGA resolution. It includes a flip-up front panel with built-in speakers, a new cooling mechanism which allows it to be placed flat, an auto-run that plays an assigned presentation independently, remote control with wireless mouse, and digital keystone correction that electronically compensates up to 15 degrees of image distortion.

VPLCX3 retails for $8800.

Sony 1800 017 669,


Epson has released its EMP-800 product, supporting the sRGB colour-quality specification, a new colour-management technology developed jointly by Epson and Mitsubishi. sRGB allows the projector to reproduce the same natural colour tones as printers and monitors, giving a "truer" picture quality. Weighing 4.5kg, the unit supports resolutions from VGA to UXGA. It has a maximum brightness of 1500 ANSI lumens, allowing data and video images to be viewed in full daylight conditions. The EMP-800 features horizontal and vertical keystone correction, allowing the projector to be offset by 10 degrees and 30 degrees, respectively.

EMP-800 retails for approximately $10,200.

Epson 1800 652 726,


Hitachi has gone to great lengths to reduce the "fly-screen" effect and noise output of its new CP-X985W projector, and has added a Black Level Enhancer to achieve truer blacks and whites. Sporting 3200 ANSI lumens, the unit features a Cinema Mode with a 3/2 Pull-Down System to compensate for the difference in frame speed between film (24 frames per second) and video (60 fields per second) and reduce blur and colour errors. CP-X985W has three RGB and three video terminals for simultaneous input, electrical zoom and focus, and weighs 6.4kg.

CP-X985W retails for $15,995.

Hitachi 1800 032 689,

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