GENERAL-PURPOSE: Sanyo’s PLC-XC50 is a 2,600-lumens, XGA LCD projector listing for $1,495 (street price may be lower). It has a lamp life of 3,000 hours, inputs for DVI-I, component, RGB, S-Video and composite signals, and a 7w mono speaker.SHORT-THROW: As far as short-throw projectors go, the Sanyo PLC-XL51 can project an 80”-wide image from about 3 inches. Yes, that’s 3 inches. We’ve not seen a shorter throw. It is a 2,700-lumens XGA LCD projector listing for $3,995. Another Sanyo choice is the PLC-WXE45, which projects an 80”-wide image from approximately 34”; it is a 2,000-lumens, 1,280x800 projector listing for $1,795.INEXPENSIVE: The Sanyo PLC-XW60 is selling for about $549; it is a 2,000-lumens, XGA LCD projector with inputs for component and video signals. It also sports “Power-Off and Go,” enabling the power cord to be disconnected right after a presentation.HIGH-DEFINITION: Sanyo’s PLV-Z700 is an entry-level, native 1,080p projector with a $1,799 street price. In addition to its HDMI input, it supports component and video input; it is a 1,200 lumens LCD projector
Sharp has begun shipping two professional projectors: the XGA PG-D4010X (4,200 ANSI lumens) and the WXGA PG-D3750W (3,700 ANSI lumens), both among the highest, brightness single-lamp DLP BrilliantColor projectors on the market. An on-screen setup guide and “help” function ensure easy setup and operation. A built-in closed-caption decoder enhances legibility, and a wireless remote includes full wireless mouse control when a USB cable is connected between the projector and a PC or when used with the optional AN-MR2 Remote IR Receiver.
The Epson PowerLite Presenter portable projector and DVD player combo includes two 10-watt speakers with virtual surround sound, microphone support, and built-in closed-captioning capabilities. WXGA resolution displays content from wide-screen notebooks, and the unit supports a host of input devices, such as a camcorder, a digital camera, and an iPod.PROS: The USB plug-and-play connectivity makes for easy setup and eliminates toggling between projector and display. The controls are easy to use and well defined. The PowerLite Presenter projects in native 16:10 (WXGA) aspect ratio as well as 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios and offers USB connectivity for viewing JPG images without a computer. The built-in microphone is a nice feature.CONS: Cannot be mounted on a stationary mount. The 10-watt speakers may not be powerful enough for all locations.OVERALL EVALUATION: The variety of inputs and the clarity of the controls make this projector an excellent choice for anyone looking for a mobile projector in the mid-price range. The HD projection at an aspect ratio of 16:10 makes wide-screen viewing a real pleasure. Every school needs a couple of mobile projectors, and this one is designed for mobility.www.epsonbrighterfutures.comPrice: $808 through the Brighter Futures program
Epson’s BrightLink 450Wi is an intelligent projector that allows educators to turn any standard whiteboard or smooth wall into an interactive-learning area. This enables educators to easily integrate interactive capabilities and eliminates the need to purchase and install dedicated interactive whiteboards. The ultra-short-throw Epson BrightLink 450Wi interactive projector comes with two digital infrared pens and wall-mount hardware for easy installation.PROS: The BrightLink 450Wi has all the functionality of an interactive whiteboard without the cost or trouble of mounting an IWB. The projector can be permanently mounted as close as 2.8 inches to the wall. It is easy to set up, and the controls are well defined. Because of the USB plug-and-play, there is no need to use a VGA cable to project when using a Windows PC or Mac. The BrightLink 450Wi projects in native wide-screen aspect ratio as well as 4:3 aspect ratio. The built-in microphone input for voice amplification is good for narrating presentations.CONS: It would be nice if this projector included auto keystone adjustment, as found in other Epson projectors (users can adjust keystone manually). The built-in speakers may not amplify enough for all locations. Users must use the pen to manipulate objects, versus the finger-touch technology found in some IWBs.OVERALL EVALUATION: In addition to providing the functionality of an IWB, the BrightLink 450Wi projects an image larger than that of most IWBs. The variety of inputs and the clarity of the controls make the product an excellent choice for any school looking for an ultra-short-throw projector with interactive functionality.www.epson.com/brightlinkRetail price: less than $2,000—Joe Huber
GENERAL-PURPOSE: The NEC NP400 (list price, $1,199; street price, about $800) LCD projector provides bright images (2,500 lumens) and wired network connectivity to users who require remote monitoring and control at a value price. It includes built-in closed captioning, seven-watt audio, automatic keystoning and eco mode technology, which can boost lamp life to 4,000 hours.SHORT-THROW: The NP600S ($1,199) creates a 77-inch diagonal image from less than four feet; it is a 2,600-lumen projector and, like the NP400, has wired network connectivity and provides up to 4,000 hours of lamp life in eco mode.INEXPENSIVE: The NP200 is a DLP projector with a street price of about $600; it is an XGA resolution projector and has 2,100 lumens and a lamp life of 3,500 to 4,000 hours. Its inputs include composite video, dual component/VGA and S-Video.HIGH-DEFINITION: NEC recommends its NP500W ($1,399) for high-definition projection; with 3,000 lumens, it supports the 1,080i high-definition video mode.
NEC Display Solutions of America (www.necdisplay.com) announces the latest in the NP Portable Series with the fully featured NP216 DLP projector. Dual VGA inputs provide multiple computer inputs and eliminate the time-consuming process of alternating between computer sources from one input. The latest TI DLP Link technology offers users the ability to project 3D images. Additionally, the variable audio-out feature enables users to connect self-powered external speakers to the projector, adjustable by the projector remote control. Lamp life is extended up to 5,000 hours with the use of its Eco Mode technology and lowers power consumption to 217W (0.49W in standby mode).
GENERAL-PURPOSE: Sony’s new VPL-TX7 and VPL-TX70 both offer closed-captioning capabilities, an RJ-45 port for network control and monitoring, as well as the ability to schedule e-mail notifications of projector status. A range of I/O includes two RGB inputs and a monitor output with one variable audio out. The TX7 lists for $1,090 and the TX70 for $1,230. While both have a 3,000-hour lamp life, the TX7 is 2,000 lumens, while the TX70 is 2,600.INEXPENSIVE: The VPL-ES7 offers native SVGA (800x600) resolution and light output of 2,000 lumens. It accepts a wide variety of input signals from standard definition (SD) to high definition (HD), including composite video, S-Video and analog RGB/component via the HD D-sub 15-pin. The VPL-ES7 (shipping this month) has a list price of $750, but Sony says it should retail for about $529. Its lamp life ranges from 2,000 to 3,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: Sony offers native HD projectors such as the VPL-FH300L (1,080) and VPL-FW300L, VPL-EW5, VPLCW125 and VPL-FW41 (720P). These range in price from about $1,000 to $40,000.
released a standard- aspect desktop display. The energyefficient 17-inch MultiSync LCD175M monitor features an EPEAT Gold rating, as well as ENERGY STAR 5.0 and TCO 5.0 compliance. Its eco-mode technology allows users to maneuver between two energy-saving modes and enables the calculation of power-consumption savings for the monitor’s carbon-footprint meter. Additionally, the monitor boasts a new power-circuit design that achieves 0.4W power in power-savings mode and in power off.www.necdisplay.com
The Toshiba TDP-F10U LED Projector (explore.toshiba.com) is a palm-sized mobile projector weighing in at just 1.4 pounds. The TDP-F10U LED projector is built with an energy-efficient, lamp-free LED light source and delivers 100 lumens of brightness. The projector’s native SVGA 856 x 600 resolution and contrast ratio of 1,000:1 displays clear images and easy-to-read text anytime, anywhere. Connect options include one computer input, composite video, one SD card slot, and a USB port. Other features are an auto adjustment of the input signal from a PC, digital zoom, keystone correction, whisper-quiet operation, and a remote control.