Corporate ProjectorsProjection still sits atop the large display market, particularly in large deployments. For corporate boardrooms and training areas, the midsize projector with around 3,000 to 8,000 lumens can bring 9/17/2013 7:56 AM Eastern
Sep 17, 2013 11:56 AM, By Bennett Liles
Projection still sits atop the large display market, particularly in large deployments. For corporate boardrooms and training areas, the midsize projector with around 3,000 to 8,000 lumens can bring graphics and video to the audience with maximum clarity and brilliant color. Modern features involving interactivity and wireless video transmission have broadened the installation options and made it even easier to connect and conduct any presentation.
The CRNP-52B from Barco allows meeting and conference participants to display multiple charts, graphs, and video windows with its panoramic 21:9 aspect ratio and 2,560x1,080 native resolution. This reduces clutter in the installation that would otherwise require multiple projectors. The 5,000-lumen unit features a filter-free design and a dual 300W lamp system while producing images with its DLP imaging system. In single lamp mode, the projector can run for up to 5,000 hours without component replacements. It also offers an integrated web server along with inputs for two DVI-I sources, two HDMI 1.3a, two VGA, composite, component, and S-Video.
BenQ has designed the new MX661 projector for smart power usage, enabling it to coast at 0.5W in standby mode and use only 163W in SmartEco mode. The 3,000-lumen unit is 3D-ready with XGA resolution and an audio passthrough and internal speaker to allow it to function as a sound system while in standby mode. When no source is detected for more than 3 minutes, the unit automatically switches to Eco Blank mode to prolong the life of the 210W lamp. For PC-less teaching, the instructor can save files onto a USB drive in JPEG, JPG, BMP, Excel, Word, or PowerPoint, and connect the drive to the projector’s USB port. The projector can input signals in VGA, HDMI, composite (RCA), S-Video, and USB ports while remote control capability connects on a DB9 for RS-232 and LAN port for Ethernet.
The new ProjectoWrite5 WX3INST interactive projector from Boxlight is a 3,500-lumen, short-throw UXGA unit with dual pen control and optional Wi-Fi adapter. Capable of doing PC-less presentations with 1.5GB of internal multimedia storage, it can accept RGB on mini D-sub, HDMI, composite, and S-Video, along with USB for the interactive connections. There is also an RGB output for video and an audio output on a mini jack. The unit incorporates an internal 10W speaker. Remote control and monitoring systems can connect on LAN or RS-232 connections. The unit’s native aspect ratio is 16:10, and it is compatible with 16:9 and 4:3. The normal power use of 310W drops to .5W in standby mode.
Intended to combine the picture quality of larger installation projectors with the plug-and-play convenience of portable models, the new category of Pro AV Compact Installation iquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS) projectors from Canon includes the REALiS WUX400ST, a short-throw configuration with WUXGA resolution at 4,000 lumens. Installation options are expanded with the unit’s new flat chassis and heat-exhaust design along with stacking capability in a package that is about 25 percent smaller than previous Canon Pro AV series projectors. The REALiS WUX400ST includes a 1.35X distortion-free zoom lens and a 0-75 percent lens-shift adjustment feature as well as built-in edge blending and a dozen built-in test patterns.
Using a hybrid light source composed of a laser, a fluorescent element, and an LED, the Casio XJ-M150 aims to be both greener and less expensive to operate than traditional mercury lamp designs. It reaches full brightness in around 8 seconds and requires no cool-down period. Installation options are aided by the 1.5X manual zoom and automatic brightness adjustment. The unit produces 3,000 lumens with XGA resolution and can fill anywhere from 30in. to 300in. of screen area using a 0.55in. DLP chip for imaging. Capable of ±30 degrees of keystone correction and producing 16.77 million colors, the LX-M150 can accept both VGA and HDMI sources.
Sep 17, 2013 11:56 AM, By Bennett Liles
The 5,000-lumen LX501 from Christie Digital Systems is intended for medium-sized boardrooms, conference rooms, and training venues with its wireless USB and text overlay features. The projector produces a 1024x768 resolution using a 245W UHP lamp. It can accept video input signals on 15-pin D-Sub with component support, 5BNC (RGBHV), S-Video, composite, component, HDMI, and USB. Audio inputs include 3.5mm and RCA. Other features include Crestron RoomView compatibility and AMX device discovery, digital keystone correction, 20,000-hour hybrid air filter, customizable start-up logo, and a stackable design. The LX501 can be remotely controlled and monitored on LAN or via RS-232.
The first model to be introduced in the new E-Vision line by Digital Projection International, the E-Vision WXGA 6000 uses Texas Instruments DLP technology and a dual-lamp design to generate a 6,000-lumen, 1280x800 display. This model has numerous lens options, user-swappable color wheels, and advanced color controls to show up to 14-bit color. Four-segment color wheels are available for high-light output while six-segment types can be used for maximum color performance. Installation versatility is enhanced with its lens options, motorized zoom/focus, and horizontal/vertical lens shift. There are six selectable inputs including DVI, VGA, component, composite, and S-Video.
The PowerLite Pro G6750WU from Epson is capable of handling medium to large boardroom and corporate training room applications with its edge blending, 360-degree installation, point and arc image correction, six optional lenses, and 6,000-lumen brightness. The projector also features a lens-shift lock to prevent shifting due to vibration, an advanced splitscreen function with two side-by-side windows, and three layout options, stackable 3D applications using polarized passive glasses, and an improved remote control with three user buttons. The G6750 also has direct HDBaseT connectivity along with standard video connections for HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, 5-BNC, composite, and S-Video.
Hitachi has fielded a projection solution for medium- to large-size boardrooms, conference rooms, and corporate classrooms with the 5,000-lumen CP-X5022WN. The unit can be operated and monitored on a network through Ethernet and RS-232 while accepting video on HDMI, computer on 15-pin and 5BNC along with composite, S-Video, and component. PC-less presentation is also possible via USB, as well as the use of the optional TB-1 wireless pen tablet. Security features include security bar, PIN-lock, MyScreen password lock, key lock (key pad remote control), Kensington slot, transition detector, and My Text password lock.
The InFocus IN5132 produces a 1024x768 image at up to 5,000 lumens and features motorized lens shift, focus, and zoom with a selection of four lenses to broaden installation options. Compatible with Crestron RoomView and AMX Device Discovery, the IN5132 can input VGA, HDMI, 5BNC, USB, composite, S-Video, and component along with audio on mini and RCA terminals. Remote control and monitoring can be connected via RS-232 (9-pin), LAN, or optional wireless, and there are two 8W internal speakers. The unit uses a 15,000-hour air filter, and the instant-stack feature provides double brightness and/or failsafe backup capability. DICOM mode displays X-rays and other medical images in grayscale with greater precision.
Mitsubishi has introduced the WD720U with 4,300 lumens, Crestron RoomView compatibility, and the capability of connecting video from up to four computers on the LAN port for simultaneous display. Images can also be transmitted via USB or Wi-Fi LAN and adjusted using manual vertical lens shift. Power-saving features include an auto off function and a drop to .05W of power use under certain conditions in standby mode. In addition to direct LAN control, there is also a standard 9-pin RS-232 serial port for centralized monitoring and control. Users can do PC-less presentations directly from USB flash drives while an audio mix feature allows separate audio-level control to its internal speaker from two sources, such as a computer and wireless microphone.
Sep 17, 2013 11:56 AM, By Bennett Liles
NEC has added features to the Crestron RoomView-ready NP-PA500U LCD projector to broaden its ability to install in a wide range of corporate boardroom and training environments. Its stacking capability allows a combined light output up to 20,000 lumens to cope with long-throw and very high ambient light situations. AutoSense automatically syncs with any computer signal and features one-touch image optimization while a geometric correction tool allows square images to be projected onto uneven surfaces without distortion. The 5,000-lumen unit can also fit five different bayonet mount lenses for quick lens changes. Connectivity includes HDMI with HDCP, DisplayPort, dual computer, and 5BNC.
Part of a series of new projectors from Optoma, the 5,000-lumen EH505 is targeted for midsize venues and can work perfectly in large boardrooms and other corporate facilities. Its WUXGA resolution, lens shift, and the choice of three optional lenses provide a customized installation ability that can fit the EH505 just about anywhere. Input signal connection include HDMI 1.4a, DVI, VGA, S-Video, composite, component, and 5BNC, along with mini jack and RCA audio in and audio out with two 3W speakers. Two 12V triggers provide additional installation options, and the unit can be remotely controlled and monitored via RS-232 and Ethernet.
At 6,500 lumens, the Panasonic PT-D6000 ULS can cover the larger boardrooms and corporate training facilities with clear, bright images enhanced by its RGB Booster feature. The unit also has an auto-cleaning filter and built-in edge blending support for even larger displays. The dual lamp system provides continued operation after a lamp has burned out and the liquid cooling system allows sustained operation in environments with temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The native VGA resolution is generated in a sealed optical block that keeps out dust, and the projector can accommodate a variety of interchangeable lenses.
The single-chip DLP, 3,000-lumen PJWX424ON short-throw projector from Ricoh can display images up to 60in. diagonally when placed within 2ft. of the display wall. The projector also features a built-in countdown timer for testing and rehearsing presentations. Auto brightness sets the illumination to suit the ambient light in the room while a video source can be shown on up to four units simultaneously using multi-screen mode and the wall-color mode adjusts color automatically to allow projection onto walls of different colors, enhancing portability. Connectivity includes Ethernet, USB, memory cards, HDMI, and wireless. With the optional eBeam technology from Luidia, any whiteboard or wall surface can be transformed into an interactive display.
For smaller classrooms, meeting rooms, and portable applications, Sharp offers the PG-LX3500, a filter-free, sealed DLP-chip design with XGA native resolution at 3,500 lumens. The 3D-ready unit is compatible with 3D-field sequential content and active shutter 3D glasses in addition to providing a five-segment color wheel. Remote controllable on RS-232 and LAN connections, the PG-LX3500 offers a wide selection of video input formats including HDMI, RGB/component, and composite video. Other features are GUI pointer, spotlight, image freeze, image enlarge, break times, and AV mute. A stereo sound input feeds a built-in speaker and standby power drops to as low as .35W.
The new VPL-FHZ55 laser-light-source projector from Sony uses 3LCD imaging technology for 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution. It does this by using a blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time, RGB color through a color-splitting process. The projector’s features include auto light dimming, which dims light output down to 5 percent when left powered on without use; and auto brightness adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected. Also available is constant brightness mode, which allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000-hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output. The unit has a standard 1.6X zoom lens, lens shift, built-in edge blending capability, and geometric correction.
The Pro8520HD from ViewSonic delivers a full 1080p image at 5,000 lumens to cover larger boardrooms and training venues with 10-bit processing and a 1.5X optical zoom. A variety of presentation formats are available including dual HDMI, wired and wireless LAN display, USB display, and PC-less JPG slideshows. The filter-free unit is equipped with a Crestron LAN controller, and it can also be operated and monitored via serial RS-232. The mini jack and RCA audio inputs feed two internal 10W speakers in addition to offering a mic input and RCA audio output terminal. Video connections include composite, S-Video, component, and HDMI, and the output video is produced with a five-segment color wheel in 16:9 native aspect ratio.