Projector Sales Grow, Pico and Short-Throw Shine a Bright Light
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics also released what it’s calling a pico, the XD95U 3.3-pounder aimed at presenters on the go, as well as small classrooms and meeting rooms. It has an estimated 3000-hour lamp life, 2200 lumens and an MSRP of $1,495.
PMA also identified short-throw projection – defined as projection of an 80-inch image from as close as three inches away – as another hot area, expanding from the education market to small meeting rooms, digital signage and public venue entertainment, and as an alternative to flat panel displays.
ViewSonic has responded to that demand with a short-throw projector that weighs in at 4 pounds. The PJ359w is specifically designed to be compatible with widescreen applications, such as those on a notebook, and is also aimed at the classroom, office and road warrior. It throws 2,000 lumens and has 1280x800 resolution. Optoma is also releasing its short-throw EX525ST (MSRP $1,499), aimed at the same markets. The 200 W lamp provides 2500 lumens and a contrast ratio of 2500:1.