The XGA PG-D4010X offers 4,200 ANSI lumens and DLP BrilliantColor. The projector has ultraquiet cooling fans to reduce fan noise and a filter-free DLP sealed system that prevents dust and dirt from entering core parts of the optics. A low-power “eco” mode extends the projector’s lamp life to approximately 3,000 hours.PROS: This projector is lightweight (about 12 pounds) and has a bright image at 4,200 ANSI lumens and front access to the bulb for trouble- free replacement. It features 1,080p highdefinition output. The lens is offset from the center for easy mounting. Controls are simple to navigate.CONS: NoneOVERALL EVALUATION: Though the PGD4010X is more expensive than some other projectors, the extra brightness of the image and the almost 1,000 hours of additional bulb life make it a good value. Also, replacement lamps run about $500 each, whereas those for many of the PG-D4010X’s lower-priced competitors can be as much as $800. These factors make this projector’s TCO good for schools.www.sharpusa.com MSRP: $2,495; street price: $1,749
LG Electronics’ N4B1 Network Attached Storage (www.lgcommercial.com) is an NAS device with a built-in Blu-ray drive. The N4B1 offers advanced data management with data archiving and automatic disc back-up features. This unique drive has up to four TB of storage through four-bay configurations, allowing all a school’s data to be stored in the system without files having to be deleted to make room. The built-in Blu-ray rewriter serves as a secondary storage medium, with each disc holding between 25 and 50 GB for teachers, principals, or administrators who manage large amounts of data. When data are saved to the Blu-ray disc, the N4B1 automatically creates a catalog of the disc’s contents for easier archiving, streamlining work for the end-user
GENERAL-PURPOSE: The Sharp PG-F255W ($1,495) offers 2,500 lumens, WXGA 1,280x800 native resolution, RJ-45 LAN connectivity and built-in closed captioning. Its lamp life is 2,000 to 4,000 hours.SHORT-THROW: The Sharp PG-F267X ($2,100) short-throw DLP 2,500-lumen projector throws a 100-inch diagonal image that can be projected from a distance of 51.2 inches from the screen. Lamp life is 2,000 to 4,000 hours.HIGH-DEFINITION: The new DLP PG-D3750W ($2,650) projector features 3,700 lumens and a 2,200:1 contrast ratio. It offers Wide XGA (WXGA) resolution (1,280x800). The PG-D3750W includes an HDMI connection, RGB and component inputs, S-video, composite video and stereo audio (five watts per channel). Lamp life is 2,000 to 3,000 hours.
Samsung Electronics America (www.samsung.com) launched the Samsung 650TS (shown), a 65-inch LCD touchscreen, and the Samsung 650FP, a 65-inch LCD screen. The Samsung 650TS and 650FP are Samsung’s first 65-inch large-format displays. The 650TS is an interactive whiteboard with a high-definition LCD touchscreen and communication features such as screen synchronization. It is compatible with widely used applications like Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe PDF.
Samsung Opto-Electronics America (www.samsung uf-130.com) announces the Samsung UF-130DX Presentation Station, a high-definition digital presenter with an onboard processor running Windows CE. The ability to work with several memory devices, such as compact flash cards, SD cards, and even USB flash drives, allows users not only to save their presentations but also to upload their files to the UF-130DX for playback. The UF-130DX is also networkable (via Ethernet 10/100). Attach any USB keyboard and mouse to access the Internet directly from the document camera. If a presentation was left behind on another system, use the UF-130DX Remote Desktop Control to access a remote PC via a campus network to download the file. Also unique to the UF- 130DX is the ability to provide live dual outputs from the document camera as well as the input source. These live displays can be sent to several monitors for side-by-side viewing or overlaid on a single display for picture-in-picture viewing.
ViewSonic Corp. (www.viewsonic.com) introduces the PJL3211, PJD5351, and PJD5111 projectors with enhanced network and multimedia capabilities. The PJL3211 is a bright, portable short-throw LCD projector. The product’s six picture modes allow it to display highquality images in the dark, in daylight, or onto a whiteboard or blackboard. The PJD5351 is ViewSonic’s new lightweight, portable shortthrow DLP projector. It enables digital zoom and manual focus, so it’s easy to place on a tabletop, mount on the ceiling, or pair with a short-throw-projector arm. The PJD5111 projector features eight picture modes for a clear, balanced image on many surfaces in various lighting conditions.
GENERAL-PURPOSE: ViewSonic’s PJD6220 (list price, $1,199; street price, about $900) is a lightweight DLP projector utilizing BrilliantColor technology. Its high brightness and contrast ratios make it suitable for many lighting situations. This projector features closed captioning for the hearingimpaired.SHORT-THROW: ViewSonic PJD5351’s short-throw ratio produces a 50-inch image at a distance of three feet; it weighs just 5.1 pounds.HIGH-DEFINITION: The company’s Precision Pro8100 Home Theater projector delivers full 1,080p HD resolution, and a C2Fine liquid crystal panel and “HQV Hollywood Quality Video” processor produce crisp HD images.
GENERAL-PURPOSE: The Optoma EP1691 ($760) is a 2,500-lumen WXGA DLP projector with a lamp life of up to 3,000 hours and HDMI, VGA-In, S-Video and composite capability.SHORT-THROW: Optoma’s short-throw (a 100-inch image at four feet) EX525ST ($1,099) features many connectivity options and XGA resolution, making it appropriate for a variety of environments, such as classrooms and conference rooms. This DLP projector features BrilliantColor technology for high-quality image clarity. Its lamp life is up to 4,000 hours.POCKET: Optoma’s PK-101 Pico Handheld Projector ($399) weighs four ounces and measures 2’x4”, which means it is a true pocket projector. It can project from as little as eight inches from your screen; from eight feet the image is 65 inches. A word of caution, though: the PK-101 does not connect to notebook computers, PCs or other devices unless the device has composite output. Please make sure to consult your device’s owner’s manual. It does connect to devices such as DVD players, VCRs, game consoles, digital cameras, camcorders and iPods (it includes an iPod kit with dock connector). Optoma claims a lamp life of 20,000 (yes, thousand) hours.
GENERAL-PURPOSE: The Christie LX500 ($6,495) is a 5,000-lumen XGA (1,024x768) projector with a choice of four optional lenses, motorized lens shift and focus and a 3,000-hour lamp life.SHORT-THROW: The Christie LW400 ($5,495), with the optional 0.8:1 fixed short lens, can project a five-foot image from four feet away. It is a WXGA (1,280x800), 4,000-lumen projector with a lamp life of up to 3,000 hours in eco mode.HIGH-DEFINITION: The Christie HD405 ($24,495) is a 4,100-lumen DLP projector with native 1,080p HD (1,920x1,080) resolution. It offers a range of six optional lenses with vertical and horizontal lens shift. It accepts inputs of VGA through UXGA (1,600x1,200) and supports standard HDTV formats of up to 1,080i.