Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America has launched a range of ultra-short throw projectors that use lens-based technology instead of mirrors.

The first two projectors in the new line-up are the WD380U-EST and XD380U-EST, which both have extreme short-throw lenses that can project a 178cm (diagonal) WXGA image from less than 58cm away.

As well as projecting vivid images, these models help prevent distracting shadows on a projector screen or white board. Whether mounted on a wall or ceiling, or even when used as a desktop model, teachers and presenters can move freely in front of the image without creating distracting shadows on the screen.

Wayne Kozuki, product manager for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division said, "We're one of the first brands to offer such a revolutionary lens-based design in our ultra-short throw projectors, and with Mitsubishi's quality, you can rely on our product performance. They are truly state-of-the-art."

The new projectors boast a 3000:1 high contrast ratio and features including USBA and B inputs, support for computer-free presentations, LAN display, a built-in 10-watt speaker, audio standby, closed captioning and 3D-ready capabilities.

The wide format WD380U-EST and XGA resolution XD380U-EST are ultra quiet at 28 decibels. Plus, they offer high brightness at 2800 and 2500 lumens respectively with a lamp life of up to 6,000 hours in low mode.