For a week in early September Berlin is transformed into the capital of consumer tech. The Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA) draws in the world’s tech brands, all eager to show off their latest products. As Europe’s biggest trade show (and also its oldest), the IFA showcases everything from wearables to washing machines, and of course, all of the latest projectors.
The show officially opens on 4 September, but here at Projector Point we’ve gathered the latest news from the exhibitors to bring you a sneak peek of what to expect from this year’s event.
One of the biggest – and most exciting – projector releases of the show comes courtesy of Sony. The tech giant has made announcements across many of its tech channels at this year’s IFA, but it certainly didn’t forget its projector line. In fact, Sony revealed a trio of home cinema products: the VPL-VW520ES, VPL-VW320ES, and the HD VPL-HW65ES
Its latest 4K models are the VPL-VW520ES and VPL-VW320ESg, both of which provide a genuine native 4K pixel count from their SXRD technology. Kitted out with new long-lasting lamps that offer up to 6,000 hours of operation, the projectors also promise to be more cost effective than their predecessors. The VPL-VW520ES even supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) content through its HDMI input, with a 300,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
For those after a more affordable option, Sony also announced the full HD VPL-HW65ES, which offers HD resolution instead of the 4K in the other two projectors, but also features the same long-lasting 6,000 hour lamp.
Acer is targeting the burgeoning gaming market with its latest reveal: the Predator Projector. Designed for gaming parties, where space can be short but image quality is essential, the Predator can throw a 120-inch projection onto a wall using short-throw technology, making it perfect for use in a small space.
The Predator can even function when placed only 20 inches from a wall thanks to a lens system that fires full HD images upwards rather than outwards.
Apart from revealing the Predator’s resolution of 1080p Full HD, Acer kept its specifications under wraps. But if the projector’s striking black and red design is anything to go by, this is going to be a serious addition to any gamer’s armoury.
Epson has brought a trio of new projectors to this year’s IFA, each boasting impressive lamp life – 11 years of 24/7 viewing pleasure, in fact.
While Acer has honed in on the gaming market, Epson has most definitely targeted film enthusiasts with its latest line of projectors. Delivering large images from 34” up to 332”, the EH-TW5350, EH-TW5300 and EH-TW5210 are all aimed at people wanting a big-screen experience in their own home.
Paul Wilson, business manager, Epson UK, says: “The home cinema experience should deliver big, clear and sharp images with lots of defined detail and deep blacks, which are what the EH-TW5350, EH-TW5300 and EH-TW5210 are all about.
“With a compact and curved design, these affordable and versatile projectors look great around the home while delivering all the latest technology.”