Mitsubishi Debuts Mirrorless Short-Throw Projectors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America this week unveiled its new EST (extreme short-throw) line of ultra short-throw projectors.
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Mitsubishi Debuts Mirrorless Short-Throw Projectors

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America this week unveiled its new EST (extreme short-throw) line of ultra short-throw projectors.

Mitsubishi WD380U-EST

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America this week unveiled its new EST (extreme short-throw) line of ultra short-throw projectors. Unlike other projectors, Mitsubishi's WD380U-EST and XD380U-EST use extreme short-throw lenses instead of mirrors, company officials said. The design makes installation easy and flexible while keeping the interior of the projector cleaner, resulting in less image degradation and less wear and tear over the life of the unit.

The first two projectors in the new lineup have USB A and B inputs, support for computer-free presentations, LAN display, a built-in 10W speaker, audio standby, closed captioning, and 3D-ready capabilities. They produce 2,800 and 2,500 lumens, respectively.

The wide format WD380U-EST and XGA resolution XD380U-EST are ultra quiet at 28 dB and offer a lamp life estimated to last up to 6000 hours in low mode. The projectors have a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and use Texas Instruments' DLP technology.

"We're one of the first brands to offer such a revolutionary lens-based design in our ultra short-throw projectors," said Wayne Kozuki, product manager for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division, in a statement.

Mitsubishi's WD380U-EST and XD380U-EST projectors are built with a specially crafted lens that can project a 70-inch WXGA image from less than 23 inches away, according to the company. The Mitsubishi models weigh about nine pounds each, which makes them easy to carry or place on an AV cart. WiFi support is also available through an optional wireless dongle.

The WD380U-EST and XD380U-ST offer HDMI support, as well as easy set-up options for multiple video inputs. They each have an RS-232 connector and built-in RJ45 input for connecting to third-party remote management products such as those from Crestron and AMX, as well as Mitsubishi's ProjectorView Global+.

Each projector comes with Mitsubishi's three-year limited warranty on parts and labor, and a one-year limited warranty on the lamp.

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