A new range of short-throw, 3D capable projectors has been released by NEC Display Solutions, aimed firmly at the classroom projector sector.

The four new U-series models - named the U310W, U260W, U300X and U250X - are capable of producing images on 77-87 inch boards from a distance of less than 60 centimetres. They also have an integrated desktop mode, which allows them to be operated from any platform, whether it is a wall-mount, a table or sideboard or a mobile trolley.

The U260W and U310W models also offer widescreen format for larger projection surfaces, allowing users to play vivid video games in native aspect ratio.

All of the models have a range of inputs - both analogue and digital - including two computer inputs, HDMI, a monitor out socket and a LAN input for control and monitoring.

They can be controlled through a Virtual Remote function, which allows users to operate the systems from their laptops or PCs through a VGA or network. The brightness levels on offer reach up to 3,100 lumens, with contrast ratios of up to 2,000:1.

The models also follow NEC's new naming concept - first used in the recently-released M-series of projectors - with the U now being used for all of the brand's ultra-short throw projectors.