A new short throw, widescreen projector from Mitsubishi should optimise viewing options in classrooms and meeting rooms, its developers have claimed.

The EW230-ST new WXGA model uses a 1280 x 800 resolution, which, when combined with widescreen input sources, gives a display area 1.3 times larger than current XGA models on the market.

The short throw lens – which can project a 60-inch image from a distance of just 25 inches from a screen – means that the potential for excellent quality viewing in the nation's classrooms and boardrooms is completely practical.

The model gives a brightness of 2,500 lumens and the high contrast ratio of 2000:1. The BrilliantColour technology and Wall Screen functionally both mean the projector can create an exceptionally vibrant picture, while allowing users to select specific colour surface settings, which automatically change according to the chosen background.

The EW230-ST is network ready, complete with LAN (RJ-45) terminal, and is also capable of offering 3D-viewing.

In practical terms, the projector weighs 2.8 kg and has a direct power off function, which eases the projector into its off mode. The lamplife can reach up to 4,000 hours and also features a low standby mode, which increases the lamplife and limits the costs of ownership.