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February 15, 2011

Epson's ES1000 mobile projector screen

epsones1000.jpgA fairly common occurrence when it comes to the use of business projectors is the act of using a wall as a projection screen. Sure, projectors are small enough to lug around in a car or on a plane these days, but screens really aren't known to be portable.

Epson is looking to fix this with the release of its ES1000 Ultra Portable Tabletop Projection Screen. Weighing only 6.5 pounds and measuring a compact 34.5 inches when closed, the ES1000 fits easily pretty well anywhere including in overhead luggage bins.

It is designed to open in about 30 seconds, measures 50 inches diagonally and accommodates both standard 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratios.

The ES1000 is now available from Epson's website (currently out of stock) for $129.99 which includes free ground shipping.

Via Slashgear

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January 19, 2011

Sanyo brings interactivity to projection with the PLC WL-2503

PLC-WL2503.jpgSanyo's PLC WL-2503 ultra-short throw multimedia projector allows presenters to create a fully interactive exhibition without a sensor-backed whiteboard. Combining a camera module mounted on the front of the projector, an IR transmitter-equipped pen, and a PC connected by USB to the projector, the interactive system allows a presenter to write on top of the projected display.

Able to produce an 80-inch, 1280 x 800 XGA resolution picture from only 34-inches away, the PLC WL-2503 pumps out 2500 lumens of brightness, features Sanyo's PJ Network Interface for wired networking, a 4000 hour lamp and filter life, blackboard/colorboard mode, and Closed Caption compatibility.

Hitting shelves at the end of January, the Sanyo PLC WL-2503 is priced at $1695.99.

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January 18, 2011

Epson outs 4 new projectors for your teacher

PowerLiteD6250.jpgEpson has announced four new projectors geared for the education market. The PowerLite 1835, PowerLite D6150, PowerLite D6155W and the PowerLite D6250 make up the four new units, priced at $1199 (March), $1649, $1799 and $1799 (all three in April), respectively.

The PowerLite 1835 features XGA resolution, 3500 lumens of brightness, 16W speaker with closed captioning decoder, HDMI and USB inputs, an optional wireless connection and a 6000 lamp life.

The D6000 series swap major features with each other. The D6150 features 3500 lumens of brightness, XGA resolution, 5000 hour lamp life and 10000 hour electrostatic filter. The D6155W steps up the resolution widescreen XWGA and the D6250 is a bit brighter at 4000 lumens but keeps the XGA resolution.

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April 14, 2010

Optoma outs gamer-focused GameTime projectors

optomagt720.jpgOptoma today announced that it is now shipping its GameTime projectors aimed at the gamer market. The DLP-based lineup consists of the GT720, GT360 and the GT700, the first two of which have 2500 lumen brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 10 Watt built-in speaker. They differ in their target market. While the GT360 is aimed at Nintendo Wii players and only has a native resolution of 800 x 600 (it can receive HD input and is compatible with PCs and Macs), the GT720 is aimed at 720p consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and thus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The GT700 features the same resolution as the GT720 but only boasts 2500:1 contrast ratio and a 2300 lumen brightness. All three models weigh 6.5 pounds. The GT720, GT700 and GT360 cost $799, $749 and $599, respectively.

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February 9, 2010

InFocus SP8602 home theater projector shipping

infocus8602.jpgInFocus has announced its SP8602 home theater projector is now shipping. The projector, originally supposed to have shipped in 2009, features a Texas Instruments DLP DarkChip with BrilliantColor, a 10-bit Pixelworks DLX video processor with 120 Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution, 30, 000:1 contrast ratio and 1300 lumens of brightness. The InFocus SP8602 also has both vertical and horizontal lens shift as well as a variety of picture controls to adjust the up-to-300-inch wide picture. InFocus hasn't specified a suggested retail price for the projector.

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February 4, 2010

AAXA L1 laser-based pico projector shipping February 12

aaxal1.jpgIf you're looking for an ultra-portable pico projector, consider the AAXA L1, a laser-diode pico projector measuring 4 by 2 by <1 inches. The new laser-based pico projector doesn't require manual focusing because it doesn't utilize a lamp for brightness, though the laser pumps out 20 lumens. It also can project images on curved surfaces and will push out a 50-inch image at max with 800 x 600 pixels.

Inside is 160 MB of storage space with full media playback capabilities. A port for a USB-based external drive is also available and a 2 GB thumb drive is included with the $599 purchase price. Other features of note include a 90 minute battery life and a 6 ounce mass.

The AAXA L1 laser diode pico projector is shipping February 12.

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January 9, 2010

Epson PowerLite Z8050WNL sports 7000 lumens of brightness

powerlite-z8050wnl.jpgEpson has released the PowerLite Z8050WNL, a large venue-oriented projector that is the company's brightest to date. The 7000 lumen, 3 LCD projector has 1280 x 800 resolution, 5000:1 contrast ratio, network connectivity via HDMI or DVD, message broadcasting capabilities for sending alerts or images over the network, customizable lens options such as motorized zoom, focus and lens shift, and user control via remote, IP and RS-232. The PowerLite Z8050WNL is available now through resellers for $19000 including a 3-year warranty.

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October 21, 2009

Sanyo PLC-XF1000 projector pumps out 12000 lumens for $25000

plc-xf1000.jpgSanyo has launched its second projector using its proprietary QuaDrive technology which combines two 330 W lamps and three mirrors to produce the brightest 100 V AC projector on the market. The PLC-XF1000 manages to pump out 12000 lumens combined with a 4000:1 contrast ratio making it suitable for large auditoriums and other large-sized venues. Sanyo claims the brightness and color clarity is also perfect for the digital signage market. How much will you pay for 12000 lumens? A cool $25000--not your typical home theater projector.

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October 15, 2009

Mitsubishi LVP-HC3800 1080p DLP projector announced for Japan

LVP-HC3800.jpgThis morning Mitsubishi announced the LVP-HC3800, its latest full high-def DLP projector for the Japanese market. Featuring 1080p resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 1200 lumens of brightness, a DDP3021 full 10-bit panel driver, a 230 Watts lamp with a 5000 hour battery life, and a 25 dB minimum noise output, the LVP-HC3800 DLP projector will ship November 20 for the equivalent of US$2200. No word yet regarding possible export to North America or elsewhere outside of Japanese borders.

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October 11, 2009

Viewsonic intros pair of high-brightness commercial projectors

PJL9371.jpgViewsonic last week announced the PJD6251 and PJL9371, a pair of new projectors geared toward commercial applications that differentiate by being brighter than the norm. The 3D-ready PJD6251 sports a resolution of 1024 x 768, a 2800:1 contrast ratio, and 3700 lumens of brightness. Designed for classroom and conference room use, it also has HDMI, composite, VGA, and S-video inputs, plus Ethernet for local network control. The PJL9371 is built for larger spaces such as auditoriums, boasting a 1024 x 768 resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio, and 4000 lumens of brightness. It bumps up the feature set of the PJD6251 to include an Eco-mode for energy-efficient use, 7 picture modes for different settings such as Cinema and Blackboard, and an RS-232 serial port for remote control. Available now, the PJD6251 and PJL9371 cost $950 and $1750, respectively.

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October 8, 2009

Panasonic PT-AE4000U is a 2.35:1 wide aspect ratio LCD projector

ae4000u.jpgPanasonic has introduced the PT-AE4000U, the company's latest home theater projector. The big differentiating feature here is 2.35:1 wide aspect ratio, specifically used for projecting film-based content. It comes with a default 16:9 aspect ratio and a 4:3 option as well. The 1080p LCD projector features 100, 000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, 1, 600 lumens of brightness, 24/60/120 FPS options, a 12 Volt trigger for a drop down screen, VIERA Link compatibility, 3 HDMI 1.3a outputs, 1 VGA port, 1 component port, 1 S-video, and 1 composite connection. The $2, 499 PT-AE4000U LCD projector, shipping in October, can display a 120-inch image from 11 feet away.

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September 30, 2009

Epson dreamio EH-DM30: Please take the DVD player out of this thing

epson-dreamio.jpgI'm a minimalist by nature and therefore not a huge fan of consumer electronics gadgets that try to pack in too many features at the expense of aesthetics and core function quality.

Epson has created one of these modern day, manufactured Frankenstein's with its newly announced dreamio EH-DM30 projector.

Somehow Epson manages to package a DVD player and a pair of 10 Watt speakers within the projector housing. The DVD player supports JPEG/MP3/WMA/DivX/DivX Ultra files, and the projector itself can output 720p resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 2500 lumens of brightness. It'll also playback your USB stick-stored movies via its USB slot as well.

It's doubtful we'll see the Epson dreamio EH-DM30 in North America anytime soon, but if you're in Japan you'll be able to buy it October 29 for US$1300.

Epson also announced a variety of other dreamio models today, ranging from the 540p EH-DM3, also with an integrated DVD player, to the 1080p EH-TW4500 with 200000:1 contrast ratio.

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September 28, 2009

BenQ outs W6000, W1000, W600 DLP home theater projectors

Prolific home theater manufacturer BenQ has announced will begin shipping three new home theater projectors in the next few weeks. All powered by DLP front projection chips from Texas Instruments, the W600, W1000, and W6000 all appeal to the home theater buff looking for high-quality gear at a reasonable price.

benqw600.jpgThe entry-level W600 can reproduce 720p video, has a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The unit also has a 6-segment color wheel, dual HDMI inputs and a $794 price tag when it ships on November 1.

benqw1000.jpgThe mid-range W1000 ups the video reproduction resolution to 1080p, but dumbs down the brightness and contrast ratio to 1800 ANSI lumens and 2700:1, respectively. It has the same dual HDMI inputs, but a few more analog outputs than the W600. It is also scheduled to ship on November 1, priced at $1590.

benqw6000.jpgFinally, the most feature-packed of the trio, the W6000, features 1080p video resolution reproduction, 24 fps support, 50000:1 contrast ratio, 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness, horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.5:1 zoom ratio, 2.35:1 aspect ratio via an optional Panamorph lens, 10 bit processing, and video upconversion from 480p. Shipping in the next few weeks, the BenQ W6000 is slated to cost $3970.

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September 7, 2009

Epson EH-TW5500 and EH-TW4400 3LCD home theater projectors coming

epson-tw5500.jpgProjector specialist Epson has introduced the new EH-TW5500 and EH-TW4400 3LCD home theater projectors. The mid-range 4400 model features 1080p resolution, 130000:1 contrast ratio, 1600 lumens of color brightness, 10 bit video processing, x.v. Color, a pair of HDMI slots, 2.1x optical zoom, vertical and horizontal lens shift, and a ceiling mount. The step-up 5500 projector adds in a D7 panel, 12 bit HQV video processing, 200000:1 contrast ratio, ISF calibration for installers, and a few other higher-end specs. Shipping in November, the EH-TW5500 and the EH-TW4400 will ship for €3299 ($4723) and €2799 ($4002), respectively.

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