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Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector Review

Sanyo PLV-Z3000 Projector Review

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One of the latest home theater projectors to come from Sanyo is the PLV-Z3000. This model has 1200 ANSI lumens, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 65000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Expert Reviews released their findings on this projector. The first thing they mention is that the Z3000 is ugly. The grey chassis and boxy design is not pretty, but at least it is built to last a long time. The writers also think that the remote control is ugly, but useful because it has everything clearly labeled and it has a backlight. After setting up the projector, the writers were happy to see an easy to use menu and several pre-set modes. The problem though is that none of the modes looked perfect on their screen. Fortunately though, the projector does have color, contrast, and brightness settings in order to tweak the image. The image quality was well balanced for the most part. The only concern was that some of the colors did not look as good as the others. The final comment the writer made was, ‘The Z3000 has more options than many more expensive projectors. Its colors aren’t the most vivid we’ve seen, but were generally pleased by its intense blacks and balanced color.’


[via Expert Reviews]

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Optoma EX762 First 3D Projector Is Now Available

Optoma EX762 First 3D Projector Is Now Available

Optoma EX762 First 3D Projector Is Now Available


Korean projector Optoma today released its first 3D projector, the Optoma EX762, that adopts a Texas Instruments DDP2431 10bit Video processing chip and a DC3 DMD chip. This 3D projector provides a 1024 x 768 resolution, a 3D video playback, a 4000 ANSI brightness and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The Optoma EX762 is now available in South Korea for around $1700. [Akihabara]


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Vivitek D952HD Native 1080p Data Projector

Vivitek D952HD Native 1080p Data Projector


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Aimed to bring 1080p resolution from the home entertainment system to the office, the Vivitek D952HD projector equipped with a DLP® chipset and BrilliantColor™ from Texas Instruments and features a brightness of 3500 lumens and a 2400:1 contrast ratio. The D952HDis expected to be available in April for $2000.



‘As high-definition multimedia content becomes the norm in business settings, Vivitek wants to ensure that the image quality is shown off in the best possible light,’ said Christopher Yang, senior product manager at Vivitek. ‘With the D952HD, Vivitek allows the business user to have the same incredible picture on the screen in the office as they do at home. This new 1080p data projector lets people see and present 1080p content the way it was meant to be seen.’




(Via TRENDY GADGET.)

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Optoma HD20 Home Theater Projector Showcased

Optoma HD20 Home Theater Projector Showcased


Optoma has showcased their latest home theater projector ‘HD20′ during this year’s CES. Powered by Texas Instruments’ DLP chipset, the HD20 provides 1920 x 1080p Full HD resolution, 1700 ANSI lumens and 4000:1 contrast ratio. It also comes with a range of connectivity ports including two HDMI, composite, component and VGA.




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Acer X1261 Projector Review

Acer X1261 Projector Review

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One of the best Acer home theater projectors available today is the X1261. This projector can display 2500 ANSI lumens, a 3700:1 contrast ratio, and a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. Today, Tech Tree released their review of this projector. The first thing that they writers mentioned was its 3D capability. The projector is compatible with the NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision system in order to display 3D content. Another feature that they writers liked was the remote control. It performed well but they especially liked the fact that it could attach to the projector’s top. The writers got to test the projector with the GeForce system and they were completely blown away. The 120 Hz processor delivered fast moving images and incredible 3D images. The only concern about the image quality was that the brightness could have been more. But if they adjust the projector’s brightness any higher, the image would start to look washed out. The final verdict that the writers made was, ‘The Acer X1261 was a first in the wave of 3D projectors to hit India, as I’m hoping other companies will quickly follow suite. Apart from the slight color banding and fringing issue observed, the Acer X1261 is a good 3D projector at a reasonable price (unless someone wants to prove us wrong) and is recommended. ’


[via Tech Tree]

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Hitachi CP-DW10N Short Throw Projector Announced

Hitachi CP-DW10N Short Throw Projector Announced

Hitachi CP-DW10N Short Throw Projector Announced


Hitachi America has introduced its CP-DW10N 3LCD projector, boasting short throw capabilities, as well as networking functionality and widescreen display. One of the more useful features of this projector is its short throw distance of 3 feet, allowing you to project to an 87-inch interactive whiteboard from a distance of 37-inches. Thanks to its networking functionality, it can be controlled and maintained remotely, as well as controlling multiple projectors in different rooms, and monitoring functions such as remaining lamp life. The CP-DW10N features a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, and a 16:10 aspect ratio, making it compatible with widescreen laptop displays, which is probably the norm nowadays. Full details and features of this projector can be found over at Hitachi’s site.





(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

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3D, Gaming, Pico Projectors Rocked CES

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One of the bright spots of CES 2010 was the projector scene. Home theater, gaming, and and 3D projectors were abundant. So were pico projectors, which are getting brighter, higher resolution, and adding innovative flourishes.



Although the televisions being shown at CES generated most of the 3D buzz, we were pleased to also see the introduction of several 3D-ready projectors, for both home-theater and educational use. The ViewSonic PJD6531w is a 3,000-lumen DLP projector capable of either 2D or 3D operation. It's designed for tabletop use, but can also be mounted on a ceiling for use in a classroom or meeting room. Along with the pico projectors mentioned below, Optoma announced the first two models in its GameTime projector line. Both the GT360 and GT720 are 3D-ready and optimized for use with gaming platforms, the GT360 for the Nintendo Wii and the GT720 for the Wii, Microsoft Xbox, and Sony PlayStation. Optoma plans to launch half a dozen additional 3D-ready projectors in the first six months of 2010.



(Via Gearlog.)

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Acer H7530D Projector Review

Acer H7530D Projector Review

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Trusted Reviews is one of the leading review sites for the UK. Recently, the writers got the opportunity to take a look at the Acer H7530D projector. This model features 2000 ANSI lumens, a 40000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. This projector is designed for home theaters but the writers feel that this projector might be too fun for serious cinephiles. The connection panel comes with a fair share of connections, including HDMI, RGB, composite, s-video, component, and even stereo ports. However, the writers think that the built-in speakers are not that great and users should look at external speakers instead. One feature that the writers really liked was the onscreen menu. Not only was it helpful and easy to use, but it also provided a lot of image adjustment features, which is something you don’t normally find in budget projectors. The image quality was ok, but definitely not the best that the writers have seen. They noted that the black levels were a lot deeper than other similar projectors. The worst problem that the writers found was the rainbow effect. This is a typical problem for DLP projectors and it is especially bad in the H7530D. The final verdict they made was, ‘In many ways Acer’s H7530D is a pleasant surprise, proving again that the DLP chipsets now available to even £1,000 projectors are of a standard that would have been unimaginable as little as a year ago. It certainly still warrants at least an audition against its arch rivals.’


[via Trusted Reviews]

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NEC Releases NP115 Projector

NEC Releases NP115 Projector

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NEC makes a wide array of data projectors. One of their newest models is the NP115. This model is the latest addition to the NP Portable series and features 2500 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio and an SVGA (800 x 600) resolution. The NP115 makes an excellent addition for classrooms because it comes with a diverse connection panel and a 7W speaker, which prevents the need for external speakers. The connection panel includes a RGB, composite, s-video, and several audio ports as well. Another key feature is the 31 dB noise level, which is fairly quiet compared to similar models. To help reduce the cost of ownership, NEC has also equipped the projector with a 5000 hour lamp. The NP115 is available now through certified retailers.


[via Home Entertainment News]

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Epson Announces BrightLink 450Wi Projector

Epson Announces BrightLink 450Wi Projector

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Epson is the number-one selling projector brand worldwide. Today, the company introduced their latest classroom model, the BrightLink 450Wi. This model features a native WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, 2500 ANSI lumens, and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The more interesting aspect is that it is designed to mount directly to the wall. This positioning allows the presenter to get close to the board with out having to worry about having the light shine in their eyes. It also reduces the distracting shadows that typically occur while presenting. The 450Wi can create up to a 102’ screen and it can be calibrated to accommodate almost any classroom setup. Another key feature about the projector is the inclusion of dual light pens. These pens allow the presenter to not only highlight sections on the screen, but also allow them to interact with it as well. The connection panel comes with a wide selection of features including RGB, composite, s-video, USB, and several networking options. The projector can also be used with a wireless connection. Epson plans to release the BrightLink 450Wi this spring for about $2000.




(Via News at About Projectors.)

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Epson Announces PowerLite 83V+ Projector Coming Soon

Epson Announces PowerLite 83V+ Projector Coming Soon: "

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Epson is proud to announce today a new projector that is perfect for classrooms, the PowerLite 83V+. This model features 2500 ANSI lumens and a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. The projector is feature-rich and easy-to-use, but unfortunately, Epson has not released yet all the features that this projector provides. Some of the features that they did announce include instant on/off, an A/V Mute Slide, closed captioning, and an extended lamp life that lasts up to 4000 hours. The connection panel includes dual RGB ports, composite, s-video, and several audio ports as well. The PowerLite 83V+ is set to release in February and will retail for $649.




(Via News at About Projectors.)

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Barco Uses 18 Projector To Create US Navy Submarine Simulator

Barco Uses 18 Projector To Create US Navy Submarine Simulator

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Barco is a global technology company that designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Today, the company announced that they have used an array of SIM 5R and SIM 5W projectors to create the USA Navy’s most advanced submarine simulator. The simulator uses 18 projectors to create a semi-spherical dome that measures 28 feet in diameter. The SIM 5R features SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) resolution and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The SIM 5W features the same contrast ratio, but also comes with a WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution.


[via Barco]

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Favi RIOLED-Q and RIOLED-V pico projectors launched: the future is bright, wireless

Favi RIOLED-Q and RIOLED-V pico projectors launched: the future is bright, wireless


Looks like the world's still got appetite for some more pico projectors, as Favi's releasing a pair some time between late February and early March for prices yet unknown. First is the RIOLED-Q (pictured) which sports a pretty 800 x 600 native resolution at 50 lumens -- supposedly the best brightness in class (like the Optoma PK301), along with built-in SD / MMC card reader, battery, three-watt stereo speaker and an ever-so-handy digital keystone correction. Joining the party is the smaller RIOLED-V which is shy about its display specification, but proudly packs a card reader and WiFi to cater its various web apps for YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Yahoo News, Weather, Email, Internet Radio and web browser. Too bad it doesn't do phone calls.



(Via Engadget.)

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The World’s First Full HD 3D Projector From LG

The World’s First Full HD 3D Projector From LG

LG CF3D - The World's First Full HD 3D Projector


LG today introduced the CF3D, which is touted as the world’s first full HD 3D single lens type projector. It features a brightness level of 2,500 ANSI-lumens and a high contrast ratio of 7,000:1. Additionally, this projector also supports TruMotion 120Hz for optimal image projection. Too bad, there is no info on pricing or availability so far. [SlipperyBrick]


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Vivitek Displays H5080 Projector at CES 2010

Vivitek Displays H5080 Projector at CES 2010

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This week at CES Vivitek has announced that they are displaying their latest home theater projector, the H5080. This model features 1200 ANSI lumens, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and an impressive 25000:1 contrast ratio. ‘The H5080 is the latest product in Vivitek’s home theater line-up. We’re packing a lot of features and technologies into our products to give the consumer an incredible home theater experience,’ said Christopher Yang, Sr. Product Manager at Vivitek. ‘The Vivitek H5080 provides high-end specifications into a more consumer- and wallet-friendly product. From the Pixel works processor to manual lens shift functions, the H5080 is the projector to create an authentic theater setting in your home.’ The H5080 is available now through certified Vivitek dealers for a retail price of $2999.


[via Vivitek]

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LG CF3D 1080p Full HD 3D Projector

LG CF3D 1080p Full HD 3D Projector

LG has shown off a new video projector, the LG CF3D, which is the worlds first full HD projector which can deliver 3D video with a single lens.


The LG CF3D features a 2,500 ANSI lumen’s brightness, and a contrast ratio of 7,000:1, as well as TruMotion 120Hz which is designed to deliver smoother and more detailed images.


LG CF3D 1080p Full HD 3D Projector


Other specification include a dual engine, automatic 3D picture calibration, two HDMI 1.3 ports, and a USB connection.


There are no details on pricing or availability as yet, but I suspect this may end up being quite a pricey projector.




(Via Geeky-Gadgets.)

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Samsung Announces F10M Projector at CES 2010

Samsung Announces F10M Projector at CES 2010

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Samsung is displaying their latest projector at CES. The F10M features 1000 ANSI lumens and a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and LED technology. This projector is the first to come from Samsung that combines a high brightness output and an LED lamp system. The projector is designed for data projection and business meetings and comes with a variety of connections including RGB, USB, HDMI, and also a USB port. The USB port allows users to leave their laptops at home and use a small flash drive instead. The projector also comes with its own closed captioning feature for video. Unfortunately, Samsung has not released a retail price yet, but it will be released sometime in the second quarter of 2010.


[via CNET]

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Artec Announces PH00-1 Projector

Artec Announces PH00-1 Projector

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Pico projectors are expected to be one of the many hot topics at CES this year. One of the new companies that are displaying this week is Artec and their product is the PH00-1 pico projector. This device features 10 ANSI lumens, a 200:1 contrast ratio, and VGA (640 x 480) resolution. The projector does come with a diverse connection panel, including VGA, composite, and even a USB connection for a more direct connection. The USB port is also how the projector recharges the internal battery. The down side to this model is that it doesn’t come with an internal memory and no SD slot, which means you need either a laptop or some other device with the PH00-1. Artec is currently showing the projector at CES but no information about a retail price or release date has been announced.


[via Pico Projector Info]

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Microvision Displays SHOW WX Projector at CES 2010

Microvision Displays SHOW WX Projector at CES 2010

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Microvision is a developer of light-scanning technologies for display and imaging products. Today, the company announced that they will be on display this weekend at the CES in Las Vegas. The main product that they will be displaying is their SHOW WX pico projector, which features 10 ANSI lumens, a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and WVGA (848 x 480) resolution. The main feature however is that this projector is the first model to use lasers to project the image. The device has three lasers (red, green, and blue). By combining these three colors, the projector is capable of creating a wide array of colors. The benefits of having a laser projector are that it never needs focusing and it is considerably smaller than a typical LED system. ‘Interest and demand for this product is very strong and we’re excited to have the SHOWWX as our center piece at CES,’ stated Ian Brown, Microvision Vice President of Sales and Marketing. ‘We have created a unique and engaging presentation for attendees which is sure to drive awareness of the product’s key features and benefits. We look forward to introducing the product in additional customer channels during 2010, with a planned Microvision direct campaign in the U.S. targeted for March.’


[via CES News]

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InFocus updates IN2100 and IN3100 series projectors, boosts brightness, burns retinas

InFocus updates IN2100 and IN3100 series projectors, boosts brightness, burns retinas

InFocus updates IN2100 and IN3100 series projectors, boosts brightness, burns retinas

'With the adoption of flat panels in schools and businesses, expectations for what's 'bright enough' have changed.' That's the lead-off on the explanation for the new IN2100 and IN3100 series DLP projectors from InFocus, reasoning that we can definitely get behind. Both lines were initially announced back in 2008 and the 2100 line is now getting some subtle tweaks, longer-lasting bulbs, 'dramatically increased' brightness, and more inputs for better institutional performance. The 3100 adds HDMI to the existing outputs, wireless connectivity using Wireless DisplayLink, and PC-free presenting from a USB stick via LitePort. Lower-end models in both series are available now, with the top-shelf entrants dropping later this quarter. IN2100 models start at $599 and IN3100 models begin at a rather spendier $1,499, but hey, it's a business expense, right? Go crazy.


(Via Engadget.)

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Casio XJ-A255 Green Slim projector

Casio XJ-A255 Green Slim projector

Casio XJ-A255 Green Slim projector


[CES 2010] Take a look at the device above - at first glance, you would probably think that it was a router of some sort, but in reality it is the Casio XJ-A255 Green Slim projector. Yes sir, it looks like even the projector industry has not escaped the clutches of the 'thin is in' mantra, and the XJ-A255 epitomizes that statement without compromising on being eco-friendly. Boasting a mercury-free laser & LED hybrid light source, the XJ-A55 is capable of high-brightness projection, offering 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness at 1,280 x 800 resolution. As for its chassis, it is no larger than the standard 8.5' x 11' paper at a mere 1.7' slim, boasting around 20,000 hours of lamp life without requiring any cool down period whenever you turn off the projector. Apart from that, you also get to enjoy USB host function for projection sans PC and the ability to communicate wirelessly with computers. Additional features and specifications can be found right after the jump.



(Via UberGizmo, the Gadgets News Blog.)

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HP Announces New Companion Projector Coming Soon

HP Announces New Companion Projector Coming Soon

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HP has been out of the projector market for a while now, but today at CES they announced that they will be releasing their first pico projector soon. What has been come to be known as the Companion, this projector is almost too powerful to be a pico projector. The Companion displays SVGA (858 x 600) resolution, an 800:1 contrast ratio, and an impressive 100 ANSI lumens. The reason why only 100 lumens are amazing is because this device is not much bigger than a pack of playing cards. The only connection is a VGA port that users can use to display presentations on to a screen instantly. Unfortunately, the major downside with this projector is that it requires a second device in order to display images, which gives creditability to its name. HP plans to release the Companion on January 15th right after CES. It will be priced at $499.


[via Business Wire]

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InFocus Unveils IN2100 and IN3100 Projector Series

InFocus Unveils IN2100 and IN3100 Projector Series

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InFocus is the industry pioneer in digital projection technology. Today, the company announced five new projectors for their IN2100 and IN3100 series. Both series are designed for boardrooms and classrooms and can also make excellent portable devices. ‘With the adoption of flat panels in schools and businesses, expectations for what’s ‘bright enough’ have changed,’ said Robert Detwiler, product manager, InFocus. ‘For the IN2100 and IN3100 series, we have dramatically increased brightness and coupled it with the performance characteristics of some of our best-selling projectors for brilliant, large-scale projection at affordable price points.’


The new additions to the IN2100 series include the IN2112, IN2114, and IN2116. All of these models feature the same 3000 ANSI lumens and 2100:1 contrast ratio. The major difference between these three is that they come with SVGA (800 x 600), XGA (1024 x 768), and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, respectively. These models also share the same connection panel, which includes dual RGB ports, an s-video, composite, and a few audio ports. All three even come with a USB port for easy network capabilities. The IN2112 and IN2114 are already available, but the IN2116 will be released later in this quarter.


The IN3100 series only has two new models, the IN3114 and the IN3116. Both projectors share a 2100:1 contrast ratio and 3500 ANSI lumens. The IN3114 has a native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, while the IN3116 has a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. The connection panel is almost the same as the IN2100 series, but the IN3100 models also include a HDMI port. The IN3114 is available now and the IN3116 will be released soon.


[via InFocus]

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Epson Releases EB-W7 Projector

Epson Releases EB-W7 Projector

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Epson is proud to announce today the release of a data projector, the EB-W7. This little model displays 2200 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The extra big aspect ratio allows laptops with the same ratio to use the projector with out having reformat content to a compatible size. The projector weighs only 5.1 lbs, which makes it ideal for traveling or simply moving it from one business room to another. The connection panel includes composite, s-video, component, RGB and even a USB port for a ‘no-fuss’ presentation. Unfortunately, the EB-W7 is only available in Europe and Asia at this time. Epson also has not released a retail price for this projector yet.




(Via News at About Projectors.)

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Sim2 Releases Grand Cinema C3X LUMIS Projector in UK

Sim2 Releases Grand Cinema C3X LUMIS Projector in UK

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Sim2 is known for creating high-end home theater projectors. Today, the company is proud to announce that a new flagship is being released in the UK, the Grand Cinema C3X LUMIS projector. This model features 3000 ANSI lumens, a 35000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Weighing only 24.3 lbs and measuring 18.0’ x 8.3’ x 17.9’ (W x H x D), this projector is the smallest 3-chip DLP projector on the market. Sim2 has also given the LUMIS the latest DLP technology with a new DarkChip4 chipset from Texas Instruments as well as a new light engine and DynamicBlack technology. The connection panel is also impressive with dual HDMI ports, composite, s-video, RGB, component, and fiber optic links in order to connect the projector to an external video processor or a media rack. In the UK, the LUMIS is expected to retail for about £25k ($40352).


[via Trusted Reviews]

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BenQ Releases MP626 Projector

BenQ Releases MP626 Projector

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BenQ is pleased to announce their latest addition to their projector line, the MP626. This portable projector features 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The high brightness levels allow this projector to be used in normally lit rooms and still be able to project a clear image. The connection panel includes a wide array of inputs, including dual RGB, HDMI, s-video, composite, and several audio inputs as well. There is also a 10W speaker that is loud enough to fill the entire room with sound. BenQ has also given this projector a long lasting lamp, which can run for 4000 hours. In addition, the projector is fairly quiet with only a 28 dB noise level, in Eco Mode. BenQ has made this projector not only versatile, but affordable as well, retailing for only $797.


[via Home Entertainment News]

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