Thursday, May 19, 2011

BenQ Introduces 2 New HD Projectors

BenQ W1200BenQ, one of the leaders in projector production, has recently started shipping two new HD DLP "cinema" projectors which BenQ says are perfect for "high-rise dwellers". It is still unclear as to why the new W1100 and W1200 are perfect for multi-dwelling media rooms, however, they both feature full HD 108p resolutions, a 12-lens optical system and built-in dual 10-watt speakers that have SRS Wow HD sound technology.

These two projectors are not exactly the same. The W1100 is a 2,000-lumens projector that has a native 4,500:1 contrast ratio as well as a full 10-bit color processor. On the other hand we have the W1200 with its 1,800-lumens and a native 5,000:1 contrast ratio. The W1200 also has the same 10-bit color processor as the W1100 but comes with Advanced Color Wheel Coating technology in order to boost color saturation.

If you are really into using a projector for all of your home theater needs, then the built-in 10-watt speakers are probably not going to cut it for you. However, BenQ says, "MDU developers can now provide their residents with immersive sound right out of the box without the additional expense of add-on sound systems."

The good news is that both the W1100 and the W1200 are pretty affordable, for everything you get, at $1,199 and $1,499 respectively. However, BenQ is running a temporary special discount on the W1100. BenQ's website is giving a $200 rebate if you use the promotional code W1100$$. This drops the price to $999. Check out BenQ's website for all the details.

Source: CNET - BenQ markets new affordable HD projectors to 'high-rise' dwellers

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Friday, May 6, 2011

Mitsubishi Releases Two New Short-Throw Projectors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America introduced a new extreme short-throw line of DLP-based front projectors earlier this week. Mitsubishi's WD380U-EST and XD380U-EST projectors are both said to use high-quality, extreme short-throw lenses as opposed to mirrors in order to cast large images from short distances.

Mitsubishi gave these projectors a sleek design which is said to make installation more flexible, operation cleaner and provide less image degradation as well as less general wear and tear as a result.

The first two projectors in this new line incorporate a lot of things like USBA + B inputs, support for computer-free presentations, LAN display, a built-in 10-watt speaker, audio standby, closed captioning and 3D-ready capabilities. The high-brightness models shell out 2,800 and 2,500 lumens of brightness and also incorporate a filter-free design for a low cost of ownership according to Mitsubishi.

Both the wide format WD380U-EST and the XGA resolution XD380U-EST operate very quietly producing only 28 dB of sound and even offer up to 6,000 hour lamp life when it is run in low mode. Both of these models also include a 3,000:1 contrast ratio.

According to Presentation Products Division Product Manager for Mitsubishi Wayne Kozuki, "It's technological prowess that we use to create imaging wonder, not smoke and mirrors. We're one of the first brands to offer such a revolutionary lens-based design in our ultra-short-throw projectors, and with Mitsubishi's quality, you can rely on our product performance. They are truly state-of-the-art."

New lenses enable these projectors to have that kind of short-throw focus performance and also allow them to project up to a 70-inch WXGA image from less than 23-inches away. The new models also create a great image and help prevent shadows on the screen or projector surface that may be distracting.

Both projectors weigh about nine pounds which allows them to be easily transported and easily maintained. Teachers can convert their class presentations into .PTG files or .JPEG images and then save them on a USB flash drive. They can then plug the drive directly into the projector and start teaching, no computers involved.

These devices also support WiFi connectivity if you still want to use a PC or laptop but you don't want to mess with all those cables. These two projectors also have an internal 10-watt speaker and include HDMI inputs as well as an RS232 connector and RJ45 input for third-party remote management products.

Both come with a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor as well as a one-year limited warranty on the lamp. Mitsubishi also offers an Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) Program that has next business-day replacement for down units that are under warranty. The WD380U-EST is expected to have a retail price of $1,699 and the XD380U-EST is expected to have a $1,499 retail price.

Source: TWICE - Mitsubishi Adds Short-Throw Projector Pair

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