Sony announces upgraded 3LCD laser projector
A new Sony projector has been announced which will be an upgrade to the existing VPL-FHZ55.

The VPL-FHZ55 was the world's first 3LCD laser light source projector. Its technology proved groundbreaking and hugely popular and has prompted Sony to continue to innovate in this direction with the launch of the VPL-FH257.

The new model is specifically designed to fit in to larger installations and is perfect for use in environments such as the classroom, university theatres, visitor attractions or at major corporate events.

Robert Meakin, product manager for B2B projectors with Sony Professional Europe, said that the FHZ55 helped to establish Sony as “the laser projector's market leader”. With the new VPL-FH257, the company aims to build upon this success.

“This new model delivers better whites, colour gamut and an upgraded contrast ratio to match the quality of our recently introduced VPL-FHZ60 and VPL-FHZ65 laser models to offer a ground-breaking image quality and reliability to our customers,” he added.

The device boasts WUXGA resolution of 1920 x 1200, delivering excellent clear and bright presentations, even in environments where it isn't possible to block out background light. It's also particularly flexible when it comes to installations thanks to the fact that it can be positioned at almost any angle, even upside down!

Potential buyers will be understandably interested in the device's 3LCD BrightEra laser light source technology. This means that the light has some 20,000 hours of operation time, meaning excellent savings in time and money in comparison to a conventional lamp-based projector.

Total system cost is also kept low with the use of fewer cables, receiver boxes and signal extenders thanks to the projector's built-in HDBaseT port for connectivity. This reduces the risk of failure points and helps keep maintenance and operating costs down.