Sony Debuts Two New Projector Series for SMB and Corporate Industries

Sony VPL-D100Sony has just debuted two new projector series for applications in small office, corporate or education environments. The new series include the new VPL-D100 series, which is specifically designed for the SMB industry and corporate markets, and the VPL-E200 series, which was designed with features that are specific to the education market.

Some of the more common features with these new projector series include an auto lamp dimming function, enabling the projector to intelligently detect if it is left on with a static signal being fed. If the projector detects a static signal, the lamp will dim to 30% of the original brightness at certain intervals that you can personally set. In addition to that, whenever a new signal is sent, the projector instantly returns to full brightness.

These new projectors also have an Auto Brightness Adjustment Function to help with unnecessary power consumption. This feature automatically adjusts the brightness of the lamp’s output depending on the brightness of the projected image. What this means is that if you are showing darker images that don’t require high brightness then the lamp will output less light.

All of the new projectors also come with an Eco Mode function that gives you the ability to switch between three brightness modes and also allows you to control the power consumption of the projector, increasing the overall life of the lamp and projector. What’s more is that by applying a new fine-tuned cooling system to reduce bulb clouding, Sony has also extended the lamp life to around 7,000 hours, depending on lamp mode, of course.

Standard features for the E200 series models include a 16W speaker, two RGB ports, HDMI, S-Video, RS-232C, RJ-45, microphone input and optional wireless capabilities. You can also perform remote control of multiple projectors which can also be accomplished by a wired LAN network, if the need arises. Wireless projection is also an option, though you will need the optional IFU-WLM3 wireless USB dongle if you want to connect wirelessly.

Both the VPL-DX120 and the VPL-DX140 are the first of Sony’s new D100 series targeted at the SMB industry and corporate market. They combine style and all the necessary features needed to survive in these strict markets and come standard with one RGB port, one HDMI port and one Video port. No word has been released on an actual release date or specific pricing for the new projectors.

Source: Inavate – Sony Unveils Projectors with “Eco-Features”

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Panasonic Debuts World’s First Lamp-Free 1080p Projectors

Panasonic PT-RZ470Panasonic has just unveiled a new projector that, on the surface, sounds impossible. That’s because Panasonic’s new device is the first ever 1080p lamp-free projector series with HDBaseT technology. This new projector series replaces your conventional lamp with new LED/laser diodes that are boosted by Panasonic’s proprietary technologies that offer long-lasting high brightness of more than 3,000 lumens.

The new projectors, which come as the single-chip DLP PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series, will be made available in two different resolutions: full 1080p HD (1,920 x 1,080) and WXGA (1,280 x 800) with capabilities that were previously impossible with conventional projector lamps.

These new projectors pair an LED/laser light source with Panasonic’s installation flexibility, including lens shift capabilities, which marks a new milestone in projector technology. This allows the projectors to provide users with continuous high brightness and professional grade features, including Edge Blending and Color Matching.

This new technology has also allowed Panasonic to enrich the projector usage experience for different environments, like the educational industry, as well as for professional applications, like museums, digital signage, conferences or other large corporate events.

In addition to that, the new lighting technology delivers up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation. As a result of this convenience, operating costs for the projectors are significantly less than conventional lamp projectors because you don’t have to worry about periodic labor and the associated cost that comes with it.

According to Panasonic, the PT-RZ470 and PT-RZ370 Series projectors will be available through authorized Panasonic resellers beginning in the fourth quarter of 2012. The series will have basic 3-year limited parts and labor warranties with light source operation warranted for more than 10,000 hours. Unfortunately, there has yet to be any word on pricing for either projector.

Source: Market Watch – Panasonic Develops World’s First*(1) 1080p Lamp-Free Professional Projectors with HDBaseT(TM) Technology

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Canon Debuts 4 New LV Series LCD Projectors

Canon LV-8227ACanon U.S.A. has just announced four new LCD model projectors designed to service the needs of a wide range of professional users. The one thing these devices have in common is a combination of high brightness, long lamp and filter life and convenient auto setup functions that prove to be very cost-efficient. These newest projectors are divided into Advanced (A) and Mid-Range (M) models and include the LV-8227A, LV-7392A, LV-7297M and LV-7292M.

According to Executive Vice President and General Manager of Imaging Technology & Communications Group for Canon U.S.A. Yuichi Ishizuka, “Canon’s lineup of LV Series portable LCD projectors is designed to appeal to a diverse array of markets and applications with great performance, genuine user benefits and excellent cost-efficiency.”

The LV-8227A combines high-contrast image protection with widescreen WXGA resolution display to deliver bright, highly detailed video and still images, even in brightly lit rooms like classrooms or boardrooms. In addition to that, the Canon LV-8227A is able to reproduce full 16:10 widescreen images generated by laptops and desktops without cropping or compression.

The LV-7392A multimedia projector outputs a brightness of 3,000 lumens and features a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. It is also perfectly suited for classrooms, labs, conference rooms and other small environments. This device also delivers XGA resolution images, just like the LV-7279M and LV-7292M, though they have 2,600 and 2,200 lumen outputs, respectively.

All four of these projectors include a variety of computer, video and audio connections for compatibility with a variety of media-display devices. Connectors for these devices include HDMI 1.3, allowing you to hook up a Blu-ray player, gaming device or other high-quality video source. An RS-232C serial connection is also included, providing for full local PC controls when using third-party control software.

Each model is expected to ship in June with the LV-8227A priced at $799, the LV-7392A priced at $799, the LV-7297M priced at $699 and the LV-7292 priced at $599. Each projector is backed by Canon U.S.A.’s exclusive Triple P, a free service program that provides you with a loaner projector of equal or greater value in case your machine breaks down or needs replacing.

Source: Business Wire – Canon U.S.A. Introduces Four Portable LCD Projectors That Deliver Crisp Images at an Affordable Price

Samsung’s Galaxy One Projector Tablet Concept Brings Innovation to Business Meetings

Samsung Galaxy OneBusiness professionals love projectors. Not only are they integral in most business meetings and conferences but they are also convenient and great pieces of tech to have handy. Technology makers are starting to realize that business professionals are using projectors more frequently and have started integrating them into things like cell phones and laptops.

While cell phone and laptop projectors are becoming more and more common, technology creators are looking for new ways to make projectors easy to use and more accessible and convenient. That is why Samsung has announced the Samsung Galaxy One, a concept Windows 8 tablet that comes with an integrated projector.

For the time being, the Samsung Galaxy One is just a concept, which means it may or may not happen. However, this is definitely a unique idea and something that Samsung should seriously look into. The ability to use the full touchscreen of the tablet while simultaneously projecting and editing is something that many business professionals would probably be interested in.

The designers behind the Samsung Galaxy One have made special use of a variable-angle projector that is able to be used with the tablet positioned in a variety of different positions. In addition to that, the Samsung Galaxy One has two built-in stands, which means it can manage a 10-degree angle or a 25-degree angle.

The Samsung Galaxy One, if it even comes out, will also come with a stylus as well as a 14 mm aluminum body. Overall, the concept is fantastic. Having a projector in a tablet is the ultimate form of portability and performance. This is perfect for business professionals who constantly travel or give presentations. I really hope this gets off the ground and it’s up to Samsung to make it happen. I’m sure if the Samsung Galaxy One doesn’t take off, another device similar to it will come along in no time.

Source: PC Authority – Meet the Samsung Galaxy One projector tablet

InFocus Debuts New Business Class IN2120 Series of Projectors

InFocus logoInFocus just unveiled its newest product, the IN2120 series. The IN2120 series is a set of network projectors that the company is describing as “ultra-affordable” and “network-ready”. The IN2120 series brings with it the new IN2124 and IN2126, both of which feature sharp, bright images and advanced networking capabilities that are perfect for large conference rooms or classrooms.

Both of these projectors can be controlled remotely over the network using a browser, which makes them very easy to monitor and flexible for a plethora of uses, like displaying emergency announcements. These projectors are also compatible with ProjectorNet 3.0 and InFocus’ free asset management software which enables you to schedule automatic power-downs and also receive instant email notifications for things like low lamp life or theft prevention if your projector suddenly goes offline.

In addition to that, these projectors are packed with connectivity options that allow users to project great presentations from PCs, Macs, video sources, tablets and smartphones. Each projector also comes with a high 4,000:1  contrast ratio and features DLP technology with InFocus BrilliantColor and 3,200 lumens of brightness.

These projectors are also 3D ready, which allows you to spice up your business presentations whenever you need. These devices are highly-portable, allowing you to transfer them between conference rooms with ease. The projectors can work wirelessly if need be when connected to the optional InFocus LiteShow III wireless adapter, which allows you to quickly transmit data, audio and video over a secure wireless connection within a 300-foot range.

Finally, the IN2124 and IN2126 are easy to use as they both include preset modes that allow you to quickly optimize image quality on a number of different surfaces. Both projectors in the IN2120 series are rated for 24/7 operation and are easy to maintain with absolutely no filters to replace and long-lasting lamps that are easily replaced.

Source: Sys-Con Media – InFocus Reveals IN2120 Affordable Network Projector Series

New 3LCD Projectors Debuted by Christie

Christie LX601iChristie debuted its new LX501 and LX601i projectors at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas today, both of which are the first devices in Christie’s new 3LCD product line. Both projectors offer high lumen outputs as well as features that make them great for professional settings.

The LX501 is a 5,000 lumen XGA projector that comes complete with a 1,024 x 768 resolution with a 3,000:1 contrast ratio. In addition to that, the LX501 is designed specifically for small to medium-sized venues, which makes it perfect for use in higher education, corporate environments or government agencies.

The new LX601i is a professional grade XGA projector that outputs 6,000 lumens and is perfect for similar situations that may require increased brightness. This projector also has features that simplify integration during setup and troubleshooting while also providing a quick and easy messaging display for users.

According to Senior Product Manager of Business Products for Christie Frank Anzures, “This new platform introduces two new products that provide customers with solutions that address both budgetary and professional needs without compromising feature sets – with four additional widescreen options to follow soon.”

With this new platform, Christie also plans on introducing a hybrid filter rated up to 20,000 hours that has absolutely no moving parts. This would reduce the need to change filters frequently as well as long-life lamps, further decreasing your overall cost of ownership.

Another good feature of these projectors is that they can be used at higher altitudes. According to Anzures, “At higher elevations 3LCD projectors typically can’t cool properly and run the risk of shutting down. However, with the altitude ratings for this projector line, customers in high altitude regions can have the confidence to choose either of these models.”

Both the Christie LX501 and Christie LX601i 3LCD projectors should ship sometime in May 2012.

Source: Broadcast Newsroom – Christie Announces New 3LCD Projector Platform At NAB 2012

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Samsung Debuts Second Generation Beam Smartphone Projector

Samsung BeamJust under one month ago, Samsung released the Beam, a small smartphone running Android 2.3 that comes with a built-in projector capable of projecting a 50″ high-definition image. While its power may not be substantial, its ability to quickly project something directly from your smartphone has benefits, especially in a small meeting setting where you could easily post quick information directly from the internet.

What may surprise you is that this isn’t the first projector-equipped smartphone Samsung has released. The company released a very similar product back in 201o, also called the Beam. However, technology has advanced to the point where marketing a new, improved device is a viable business move for Samsung.

The Beam ships with a specific app completely dedicated to the integrated projector. The app is used to select certain content and activate projection in a few steps. But the projector isn’t the only thing the Beam brings to the table. The device is powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor and comes with 8GB of storage and a microSD card slot. The screen is only 4″ and has a native 800 x 480 resolution.

There is nothing too impressive about the Beam in terms of specs except for the rather surprising 6GB of RAM. A 5MP camera is also included for users who want to project their very own content whenever and wherever they want to that also records in 720p HD, which isn’t too shabby. Overall, the device is also very portable, only weighing 5.1 ounces and measuring 1.25cm thick.

The Beam will initially ship in Sweden in July for $570. Samsung did not immediately comment on availability and pricing outside of Sweden so keep your eyes and ears locked here for all the details.

Source: PC World – Samsung Returns With a New Projector Phone is news of, for and by SMBs!… The Small & Medium Business Magazine!

Epson’s MegaPlex Digital Dock Projector Driven by iOS

Epson MegaPlex Digital Dock ProjectorMacworld | iWorld 2012 saw imaging company Epson set up a large area on the second floor in order to debut its newest product, the MegaPlex Digital Dock Projector. Epson is known primarily for its projectors and projector technology, as well as for its printers and printer technology. However, the MegaPlex Digital Dock Projector is the company’s first technology that is completely driven by an iOS device.

The MegaPlex Digital Dock Projector is your average portable projector with its specialty being that it also comes complete with an iOS dock connector on the back. This allows you to plug in your iPad, iPhone, iPod or other iDevice into the dock, which then allows any app that allows you to send video to be projected onto a large screen, wall or any flat surface.

Epson will be offering two different versions of the MegaPlex Digital Dock Projector, one priced at $699 and one priced at $799. The main difference is in the display quality. The more expensive model will feature a 720p HD video output at 2,800 lumens with the cheaper model offering 540p video output at 2,200 lumens.

In addition to that, there is a panel of standard video inputs on the side which includes RCA, S-Video, VGA and HDMI. This allows you to connect nearly any type of device to the projector, like a laptop or desktop computer. One downside is the lack of a handle, which limits the portability of the device though it is still very good for showing movies or presentations directly from an iOS device.

There is, unfortunately, no audio out to hook up to an external speaker. You could just as easily use the audio jack on the iOS device that you have connected but then it would lack the professionalism and clean look that you may want. Regardless, there is still something cool about seeing an iPad projected on a wall. If you are looking for a low cost projector that comes complete with iOS integration, this may be the device that you are looking for.

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Epson’s New PowerLite 96W Projector

Epson PowerLite 96WEpson’s new PowerLite 96W is a nice multimedia projector designed with the classroom or meeting room in mind. There are a lot of different features on the projector that make it perfect for any type of presentation situation and it even has the ability to be connected to a LAN, run presentations from a USB drive or control other projectors connected to the same internet network.

The light source for this projector, which is based on the 3LCD technology that Epson pioneered, outputs 2,700 lumens while the projector also provides a WXGA resolution with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Physical dimensions of the device measure 4.2″ x 13.6″ x 10.3″ with the projector weighing in at 7.2lbs. The projector also features a manual focus as well as zoom wheels that you can access via an indention above the lens.

There are also a ton of ports on this device too. All in all, the PowerLite 96W comes with VGA-in (2), monitor-out VGA (1), HDMI-in (1), RCA (3) for Composite Video and Audio, S-Vide0 (1), USB (1), RS-232 (1), Ethernet (1) and microphone jack (1). This should cover pretty much anything you need to do with this device but if not, I’m sure there is an adapter out there somewhere.

Reports on this projector note that this device is definitely made for viewing still images and not long video clips. It does seem to handle short video clips ok but screening a full-length movie would not be advisable due to loss of detail over time and posterization. Sound quality is also adequate with the device’s built-in 16W speaker.

With all the connectivity options, as well as internet connectivity via LAN or WiFi and the ability to accept input from multiple computers, the PowerLite 96W is a fairly good projector for use in small or medium meeting rooms as well as classrooms. Presentations run smoothly and the ability to play a few video clips just adds to the accessibility of the overall product.

Source: PC Mag – Epson PowerLite 96W Multimedia Projector

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Epson Adds 5 New Projectors to its PowerLite Pro Z Series

Epson logoEpson, one of the leaders in projector sales worldwide, has just announced an expansion to its highly popular PowerLite Pro Z Series of projectors. The expansion consists of five all-new projectors, all of which were designed for use in corporate markets, higher education, houses of worship, rental and staging, museum and digital signage applications.

All of the new projectors deliver advanced image quality, connectivity and installation tools and all five projectors also have an expanded feature set with edge blending, split screen capabilities as well as DICOM Simulation Mode(2). The design and features of these projectors are perfect for use with large or small audiences and are perfect for professional looking presentations.

According to Product Manager of Projectors for Epson America Sean Gunduz, “With the addition of these new PowerLite Pro Z models, Epson expands its installation projector portfolio to offer outstanding image quality and advanced features and functionality to meet the installation needs of several markets.”

Gunduz went on to say, “With capabilities like built-in edge blending, these brighter, more robust models deliver the ultimate projection experience for a wide range of venues and Epson is excited to offer this new line to a multitude of markets, including rental and staging and entertainment.”

The five new projectors in the series consist of the PowerLite Pro Z8450WUNL, PowerLite Pro Z8455WUNL, PowerLite Pro Z8350WNL, PowerLite Pro Z8250NL and PowerLite Pro Z8255NL. Each projector has a fairly high lumen output with the Z8450WUNL and Z8455WUNL displaying 7,000 lumens with a WUXGA resollution, the Z8350WNL displaying 8,000 lumens with a WXGA resolution and the Z8250NL and Z8255NL displaying 10,000 lumens with a XGA resolution, making them perfect for any professional setting.

Source: Market Watch – Epson Introduces New Line of PowerLite Pro Z-series Installation Projectors with Built-In Edge Blending 

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