BenQ will release its first DLP projector to feature the company's energy-saving Smart Eco Mode technology.

The MX850UST is an ultra-short throw projector designed for classrooms that BenQ claims saves up to 50 per cent more energy than other systems while maintaining excellent image quality.

Projectors with Smart Eco Mode automatically calculate the optimum lamp power needed for the best contrast performance. This not only saves energy and extends lamp life, dramatically reducing replacement costs, but also improves the viewing experience by providing a contrast ratio as high as 13,000:1 for improved detail during dark scenes.

To conserve even more energy, there is also a "save" mode that acts as a screensaver when the projector is not in use. At the touch of a button, screen brightness can be dimmed by 70 per cent while the image remains clearly visible. This feature allows teachers to save energy and preserve lamp life, while focusing the attention of the class away from the screen when needed.

Juan Alvarez, education director at BenQ America Corp, described the Smart Eco Mode technology as a “breakthrough innovation” that will help schools reduce their impact on the environment and lower costs to meet tight budgets.

"And with its increased contrast ratio and amazing picture quality, Smart Eco Mode proves that going 'green' doesn't have to come at the expense of performance,” he said.