Vivitek said it will offer extended warranties on projectors bought for schools, colleges and other education establishments.

The Taiwan-based projector manufacturer made the announcement as it launched a new short-throw projector for the education market which comes with its new five-year product and three-year lamp warranty.

The D855ST features XGA resolution and a 4:3 aspect ratio that will fit most interactive whiteboards. It is capable of achieving a 77in (1.95m) screen image at a projection distance of one metre (a throw ratio of 0.65:1).

The projector is 3D ready with a lamp life of 6,000 hours. It has full connectivity, including a microphone connection, a 10-Watt speaker, plus audio out and the ability to present wireless through the 12-volt trigger and the optional ViviNet wireless dongle.

Vivitek’s new Education Warranty programme allows purchasers acting on behalf of educators to increase the warranty from the standard three years on product parts and labour to five years, and from one year to three years on projector lamps.

The extended warranties are only valid if they are purchased through authorised Vivitek dealers on or after April 1 2011.

They are valid on the following models: D522WT, D525ST, D535, D537W, D791ST, D795WT, D837. D853W, D855ST, D857WT, D940VX and D950HD.