Irvine, Calif. -
introduced Tuesday a new extreme short-throw (EST) line of DLP-based front projectors.
Mitsubishi's WD380U-EST ($1,699 suggested retail) and XD380U-EST ($1,499)
are said to use high-quality, extreme short-throw lenses instead of mirrors to
cast large images from short distances.
A sleek design is said to provide installation flexibility, cleaner operation and as a result, less image degradation and general wear and tear.
The first two projectors in the line incorporate: USBA + B inputs, support for computer-free presentations, LAN display, a built-in 10-watt speaker, audio standby, closed captioning and 3D-ready capabilities.
The high-brightness models blast 2,800 and 2,500 lumens of brightness and incorporate a filter-free design for a low cost of ownership, Mitsubishi said.
The wide format WD380U-EST and XGA resolution XD380U-EST operate at a quiet 28 dB of sound and offer up to a 6,000 estimated lamp life in low mode.
Both models produce a 3,000:1 contrast ratio.
"It's technological prowess that we use to create imaging wonder, not smoke and mirrors," said Wayne Kozuki, Mitsubishi presentation products division product manager. "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."
New lenses enable the short-throw focus performance, and can project a 70-inch (diagonal) WXGA image from less than 23-inches away.
The new models create a great image and help prevent distracting shadows on a screen or white board, whether mounted on a wall or ceiling-or even when used as a desktop model.
The company said teachers and presenters can move in front of the image without creating distracting shadows on the screen.
The projectors weigh 9 pounds for easy transportability and are easy to use and maintain, Mitsubishi said.
Teachers can convert their class presentations into .PTG files or into .JPEG images, save them on a USB flash drive, plug the drive in and present the material directly from the projector without the need of a PC.
Wi-Fi support is also available for quick connection and operation (optional dongle sold separately).
Audio is supported with an internal 10-watt speaker.
Both models include HDMI inputs and have an RS232 connector and RJ45 input for third-party remote management products.
Mitsubishi supports the products with a three-year limited warranty on parts and labor, and a one-year limited warranty on the lamp.
The company offers an Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) Program, with next business-day replacement for down units that are under warranty.