Monday, December 28, 2009

RoyalTek RPJ-2000 Pico Projector

RoyalTek RPJ-2000 Pico ProjectorRoyalTek out of Taiwan has been working very hard in their pico projector market as they have just announced the first of what seems to be a total of five new pico projectors set to be released during 2010. Introducing RoyalTek's RPJ-2000, a pico projector that packs some pretty good specs.

The RPJ-2000 is the first ever palm-sized pico projector from RoyalTek. The projector is said to use a second generation 3M LCos chipset. The projector is also said to be able to project an image of up to 65-inches with a brightness of 14-lumens and a 640x480 resolution.

The RPJ-2000 comes with VGA and NTSC/PAL TV inputs but does not contain an integrated mediaplayer or onboard storage like many pico projectors already on the market do. The RPJ-2000 does, however, come with 0.5W stereo speakers.

One thing that may bring in a lot of customers is that the RPJ-2000 is Apple certified. This means it will have the ability to connect to your iPhone or iPod if you purchase the adapter kit which will run you about $43. Among other features the RPJ-2000 has LED backlight and is designed with Quanta's cooling technology.

This device will run you around $315 though no word on sale of the projector outside of Taiwan has been released. A few details on the other four projectors have arisen including a hint that one of them will contain a digital TV tuner. This model is expected to hit the market in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June. The RPJ-2000 comes in two colors: black and white.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Optoma HD20 Projector

Optoma HD20 ProjectorEverybody loves their giant flat screen tv's with their beautiful 1080p resolution and high pixel count and whatever else goes along with it. But such tv's can be pricey, especially if you want really good quality. But thanks to increased projector technology you can enjoy 1080p quality from a projector that looks as good if not better than most tv's and that also won't break the bank.

Optoma Technology has just introduced the company's first 1080p DLP projector to cost less than $1,000. The Optoma HD20 comes in with a suggested store price of $999 which, technically, is less but come on, a whole dollar? But putting that aside, the Optoma HD20 is a really good little projector.

In fact, the specs on this projector could rival a few popular flat screen tv's. The Optoma HD comes with 1,700 ANSI lumens of brightness as well as a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. Video inputs come in the form of 2 HDMI, one VGA, one component and one composite video input. The HD20 runs a native 1080p resolution (1920 x 1808) and can scale most objects, other video and computer formats like UXGA, WXGA, SXGA, SXGA+, XGA, SVGA resized, VESA, PC and Macintosh.

The lamp light is very impressive. The light lasts for 4,000 hours in standard mode and it lasts up to 3. To save energy, the HD20 incorporates a rapid shutdown feature. A one year parts and labor warranty comes in the box however the warranty only lasts for 90 days on the lamp.

The projector itself weighs around 6.4.pounds and also comes with its own remote and batteries. The remote has a backlit illumination and a composite video cable as well as other accessories. Many different retail stores and websites have already signed on to the HD20 like, Adorama, Beach Camera, Best Buy, B&H Photo Video, CDW, Fry's Electronics, J&R Micro Center, Nebraska Furniture Mart, PC Richard,, and Visual Apex.

John Grodem, Product Marketing Director for Optoma, said in a statement, "We're very excited to be at the forefront of such a 'significant breakthrough' in HD projectors. This new, low price opens up a whole new audience to the high-definition, large-screen, home theater projection experience." Many users will absolutely love how the HD20 displays an image more than 9 times larger than a 40-inch flat screen. The HD20 projects a picture that is greater than 120 push ups.

Overall it seems that Optoma has taken a lead from Vivitek's H1080FD which is also a 1080p DLP projector as well for the same price. While $999 isn't the smallest number in the world and not one that makes us jump to our wallets and get ready to buy a flat screen tv or projector. What it does do is open up the projectors appeal to younger audiences that much stronger. If you want an all around good projector then look no further than the Optoma HD20 1080 DLP Projector. Plus, Optoma is probably a better known name than Vivitek.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Projector in Your Cell Phone?

A Projector in Your Cell Phone

3M has announced the creation of a "Mobile Interactive Solutions Division." Its focus will be to make little projectors that fit into mobile devices. Even though the company already makes tiny projectors that are about the size of a cell phone, they could possibly be making projectors that will come built into your cell phone in the near future.

"More and more people depend on mobile devices for constant information and communication in today’s technology-dependent world, and 3M can play a big role in improving their experiences," said Mark Collin, the Vice President and General Manager of the new Mobile Interactive Solutions Division.

According to a press release by 3M, they were the first company to hit the market with a mobile projector. "The second generation of the product, the MPro model 120 introduced in October, is one of the brightest and most energy efficient battery-powered projectors on the market," the press release stated.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mitsubishi HC3800 Home Theater Projector

Mitsubishi HC3800New from Mitsubishi is the HC3800, a DLP 1080p which falls somewhere between really good projectors that do not have the best leading edge image quality for around $1,000 and fully featured 1080p projectors for around $2,000 and up. The HC3800 has a bright picture with good contrast to allow for use on a large screen in a darkened theater atmosphere but it is also good enough to be used in your personal living room.

The HC3800 has a high lumen output which makes it good for dark and bright rooms. Many projectors come with image modes but this device does not. It does, however, come with many different color and gamma temperature settings which allow for completely customizable settings. The brightest picture was created by using the "sports" gamma and the "high brightness" color temperature presets. The picture measured 1346 lumens. While in this mode, the contrast is slightly lessened as well as color balance. However, put this thing in a room with ambient light and it will produce a dynamic picture.

"Cinema" mode puts out a bright 621 lumens picture which is very comparable with other projectors and you can also use a screen up to 150" diagonally in a dark room with decent light control. However, 621 lumens is pretty bright for many situations. But by turning on low light mode you can reduce the lumen output by 15%. Low lamp mode has a few benefits to it other than a lower brightness. On one hand it greatly reduces fan noise and it also increases lamp life potentially from 2,000 to 5,000 hours. You can also reduce lumen output by another 22% by turning off BrilliantColor which is enabled by default.

The HC3800 has a contrast ratio of 4000:1. With such a contrast ratio, many people may think that the picture will be bland or dull. However, the HC3800's ANSI contrast exceeds 600:1. This ratio matches and even exceeds some projectors that carry extreme on/off contrast ratings. The HC3800's black levels can not compare with more expensive projectors but the HC3800 does look just as good as any other device.

Fine detail is cleanly displayed, even when it is in motion. The HC3800 had no problems passing the HQV Film Resolution Loss Test. In addition the HC3800 has very little digital noise in comparison to other models. Solid color areas like backgrounds and wallpapers are very clean and have nearly no noise about them.

The lens on the HC3800 has a manual 1:5:1 zoom lens which is very good for a DLP projector like this. Only 18% of maximum light output is lost between the telephoto and wide ends of the zoom lens. This allows the HC3800 to have a better throw range flexibility than some other DLP projectors available for $999 which offer 1.2x zoom.

Considering that the HC3800 is an inexpensive DLP projector, it is not surprising that it does not contain a lens shift. The image offset is 29% of the picture height which means, for example, that on a 100" diagonal screen, the bottom of the screen will appear 14" above the lens' centerline. An aggressive offset like this is useful mounting the projector on your ceiling or placing it on a small, low table. However, because of this you rule out rear shelf usage.

Overall the HC3800 seems to be a solid projector and it seems to be a good competitor in the low priced 1080p home theater projectors market. It comes with a bright video optimized picture that contains excellent contrast coupled with a 1:5:1 zoom lens. The HC3800 is economical with it's 5,000 hour lamp which will greatly reduce maintenance costs down the line. The HC3800 does require some calibration but that has proven to benefit most projectors. In conclusion Mitsubishi's HC3800 is an excellent projector and well worth your cash. You can pick one of these up for $1,499.

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