Education Projectors

  1. Acer reveals new HD projectors

    Acer has announced it is launching three new full HD projectors to add to its range.

    The company, which is currently the world's number three brand in the projector industry, revealed the ultra-short throw U5520B, as well as the V7500 and H6518BD.

    Each of the new Acer projectors has been equipped with the manufacturer's ColorBoost3D and ColorSafe II enhancement technologies, which the firm says provides true and natural colours, even after extended use.

    The ultra-short throw U5520B projector has been designed for use in classrooms and is able to create images up to 87-inches at just 35cm from the screen.

    Acer said: "Teachers will appreciate the optional Acer Smart Pen, which can be used for on-screen writing and remote control for up to two users to encourage classroom interaction."

    The 3,200 lumens Acer H6518BD projector is targeted at the home entertainment market, with built-in 2D-to-3D conversion technology ensuring no extra software is needed to run the device.

    Finally, the Acer V7500 has been engineered with home theatres in mind, with the product able to support 100 per cent of the sRGB colour gamut for excellent colour accuracy.

    The Acer V7500, H6518BD and U5520B projectors are expected to start shipping in Q3 2015, but the company has not yet revealed the exact specifications, prices and availability for the new devices as they will vary by region.

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  2. Epson named most recognisable projector brand

    Epson has been named by the TFCinfo Projector Brand Customer Perception and Preference Study 2015 as the world's most recognisable projector manufacturer.

    The report also revealed that Epson is the most widely used brand in the education market, while the company was particularly praised for its image quality.

    Richard Miller, director of projector product management at Epson America, stated that the award is justification that Epson's aim to provide "high quality images, reliability, ease of use, affordability, and excellent customer service" is working.

    He added: "Epson projectors are purposefully built with features for specific applications and use cases. We will continue to improve our offerings and provide the superior projectors that our customers have come to expect."

    The report stated that Epson is viewed as a quality brand for projectors, with the manufacturer producing devices that are reliable, as well as easy to use and good value for money.

    Tanya Lippke, director survey market research-editor at TFCinfo, added that Epson projectors are "viewed as both a value and a high quality investment".

    Almost half of all respondents surveyed for the TFCinfo poll stated they would always consider Epson for purchasing projectors. Epson was revealed to be the most considered brand for purchase overall.

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  3. Ricoh reveals new line of projectors

    Ricoh has announced a range of seven new projectors designed for business and education applications.

    The company has released new Desk Edge, Short Throw and Standard Install models offering a wide range of features and solutions.

    Matt Sakauchi, vice-president of the visual communications group at Ricoh Americas Corporation, explained that the firm's projection technology has evolved "rapidly".

    He said: "These new projectors are brighter, easier to position, and offer greater connectivity to bring participants together for better, more effective information sharing sessions."

    Ricoh's booth #4043 at the upcoming InfoComm 2015 will be the first time the range of seven new projectors will go on display to the public. The event is set to take place in Orlando, Florida, from 17-19 June.

    Among the new devices being launched by the company is Ricoh's first HD projector, while all of the new systems have been given top level features such as ten watt speakers and each of them also supports 3D content with optional glasses.

    The new PJ X5460, PJ WX5460 and PJ HD5450 projectors can also display images up to 300-inches diagonal at a resolution of up to 1080p. Output throughout the range of seven new Ricoh projectors is up to 4,100 lumens.

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  4. BenQ reveals new budget-friendly projector

    Audio visual products manufacturer BenQ has announced it is releasing a new budget-friendly device, the MX570 Colorific projector.

    Aimed at conferencing, classroom, and training room environments, the projector has up to 3200 ANSI lumens of brightness, as well as a 13,000:1 contrast ratio.

    Felix Pimentel, senior product marketing manager at BenQ America Corp, described the launch of the MX570 Colorific projector as a statement that the company is committed to ensuring affordability does not have to mean low quality.

    He said: "The projector is lighter, brighter, offers more connectivity options, lasts longer and provides more value than other solutions in its class.

    "With features such as SmartEco technology and remote LAN management, the MX570 is a simple and efficient solution for small to medium size spaces."

    BenQ's new projector also features remote management via LAN, as well as a range of connectivity options such as HDMI, VGA, S-Video, RS-232 and RJ45 inputs.

    The device has also been designed to be eco-friendly, with BenQ's SmartEco technology delivering lamp life of up to 10,000 hours, along with up to 70 per cent lamp power savings.

    Furthermore, projector automatically shuts down to save power after 30 minutes of inactivity, while users can blank out the screen whenever projection is not needed.

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  5. Interactive touchscreen projector revealed

    The first consumer projector that can convert any flat surface into a super-sized touchscreen has been revealed by Touchjet.

    It has launched the Touchjet Pond Projector, which has been made possible thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo website.

    Small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, the projector can produce a display of up to 80 inches.

    With the Android 4.4 operating system used on the device, almost any smartphone or tablet can project through the Touchjet Pond Projector using a third-party app.

    Helen Thomas, chief executive of Touchjet, explained that while mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones do a great job of keeping people connected, this is not the case when they are in the same room.

    The former senior vice-president of worldwide sales at Livescribe and general manager of APAC international business at LeapFrog added: "We're creating devices that take the interactivity of mobile apps and project it so everyone can share the experience, be it in the living room, classroom or a board room."

    It takes only a few moments to set up the Touchjet Pond Projector and it is easy to use, giving buyers the chance to play games, edit documents in real time or watch videos.

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  6. Pico projector market forecast to grow in Europe

    The pico projector market in Europe is expected to continue to grow steadily in the coming years, according to newly published research.

    A study by Research and Markets suggested that the expanding industry was valued $342.8 million (£218.7 million) in 2014.

    The pico projector market was forecast to increase by a compound annual growth rate of 37 per cent between 2014 and 2019.

    Pico projectors allow users to display images and videos off a portable device onto walls or other surfaces. They are typically very light and miniature in size, making them portable.

    In the report, entitled 'Europe Pico Projector Market by Product, by Application, by Geography - Analysis & Forecast to 2019', Research and Markets noted that the embedded segment of the European pico projector market is currently contributing 35 per cent of the sector.

    Camera, laptops, tablets and smartphones are increasingly incorporating pico projectors and this section of the market is expected to continue to grow fast in the next few years.

    "The application area for pico projector include aerospace & defence, automotive, business & education consumer electronics, industrial, healthcare, and retail," said the report.

    Standalone pico projectors are also becoming more popular and these types of products are expected to continue to sell well in the coming years.

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  7. NEC announces its most affordable new projector

    Audio visual products manufacturer NEC has announced it is launching its most affordable new projector ever.

    The company has released details of the V302H projector, which will be the company's first 1080p projector to go on sale for less than $1,000 (£635).

    NEC's new 3,000-lumen projector has Dual HDMI inputs to provide connection to HD data and video sources, as well as horizontal and vertical keystone correction.

    Bob Guentner, senior product manager of projectors at NEC Display, explained that the device will be ideal for organisations desiring full high-resolution for their applications.

    He said: "Price-conscious K-12 school and corporate customers will enjoy bright, accurate data and video content in their meeting rooms and classrooms."

    NEC's new V302H projector has features such as one-touch source changes and complete menu control, as well as easy-to-use network management. Users can control the device from any PC or Mac device.

    Eco mode is also included on the projector, extending the lifespan of the lamp up to 6,000 hours, while it also reduces the noise output from the device and reduces maintenance costs.

    The release of the V302H projector by NEC comes shortly after the company announced the launch of its new U321H ultra-short-throw projector, which the firm said boasts "razor-sharp display of graphics, text, images and videos".

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  8. Vivitek confirms release of two new projectors

    Visual display products Vivitek has confirmed it is launching two new projectors to add to its popular DS series.

    Multimedia projectors the DX813 and the DW814 both boast impressive brightness and up to 15,000:1 contrast ratio.

    When used in dynamic eco mode the DX813's energy efficient lamp lasts up to 7,000 hours, while it also has a native XGA resolution. The DW814 has a WXGA resolution with a maximum of up to WUXGA (1920x1200).

    "The latest additions to our D8 series are packed with advanced technology and their intuitive design and sleek dimensions are seamlessly blended into a small form factor," said Holger Graeff, general manager of Vivitek EMEA.

    "Feature rich and offering amazing performance, our multimedia projectors are ideal for either a classroom or corporate environments."

    The DX813/DW814 are both audio ready and come included with an internal audio speaker, while connectivity options are plentiful with many audio-in/out ports available.

    A choice of eight pre-set display modes - Presentation, Movie, Bright, SRGB, Game, TV, Blackboard, User Defined - makes setting up the projectors easy.

    Both of the new Vivitek projectors are also compatible with DLP Link and HDMI 1.4b Blu-Ray support, which the firm says ensures they provide "dazzling and realistic life-like images".

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  9. NEC releases new HD short throw projector

    Audio visual products manufacturer NEC has announced it is releasing its first ever HD short throw projector.

    The new U321H ultra-short-throw projector is among the first HD-resolution projectors in the product category.

    Businesses, K-12 and higher education are all being targeted by the device, which boasts "razor-sharp display of graphics, text, images and videos", according to NEC.

    The company added that the new U321H ultra-short-throw projector is ideal for training facilities and classrooms where there is not a lot of extra room.

    "NEC is committed to designing its products for long life cycles," said Richard McPherson, senior product manager of projectors at NEC Display.

    "The U321H projector's virtually maintenance-free filter reduces the frequency for which cleaning is required, thereby decreasing total cost of ownership."

    NEC also revealed that the U321H projector has been designed to be compatible with NEC DisplayNote Software, enabling leaders and participants to be able to "present, share and annotate content from any platform or device so their notes are automatically saved".

    In the summer NEC will also be launching multi-pen or finger-touch modules that can be used in conjunction with the U321H ultra-short-throw projector.

    Users will also be able to extend the lifespan of the projector by putting it into ECO Mode, which increases lamp life up to 4,000 hours, as well as lowering power consumption and maintenance costs.

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  10. Acer reveals new LED projector

    Acer has announced it is launching a new LED projector that features an intelligent ambient light sensor for cinema on the go.

    The company revealed the Acer K138ST, which is an ultra-portable short throw LED projector, as well as the Acer U5320W ultra-short throw projector and the full HD projector the Acer P5515.

    Acer is promoting the K138ST as the world’s first LED projector that has an intelligent ambient light sensor.

    The device is capable of projecting an image of up to 100 inches with only 1.7m distance to the projection surface. Acer says the device "eliminates shadowing and enhances viewing comfort", which the manufacturer highlighted as a significant benefit for classrooms.

    The Acer P5515 is described by the company as being ideal for mid-sized meeting rooms as it "provides a clear viewing experience even in bright environments". With the device featuring built-in 2x10W speakers that provide powerful sound without requiring external speakers, it is likely to be a popular choice.

    All of the new projectors that have been launched by Acer support wireless projection, which enables users of the devices to "break free from wired inconveniences".

    Acer added: "Paired with the wireless dongle, the projectors support direct screen projection (through Miracast) from devices with Windows 8.1 or Android 4.2.2 and above."

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