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BenQ Ships Ultra-Short-Throw Projectors

Costa Mesa, Calif. — BenQ America said it is now shipping its MX852UST and MW853UST ultra-short-throw DLP projectors targeting the education market.

The interactive projectors use BenQ’s Colorific image processing technology, and PointWrite interaction, in addition to offering ease of use and setup flexibility, the company said.

Colorific technology is said to eliminate both light burn and color degradation over extended usage.

Both of the BenQ models deliver more than 1 billion colors, provide low-cost of ownership and enable collaborative classroom experiences.

Brightness output on both models is sufficient for most ambient light conditions in classrooms. The MX852UST ($1,805 street retail on Amazon) offers XGA resolution and 3,000 lumens of brightness, and the MW853UST ($1,893) offers WXGA resolution and 3,200 lumens of brightness.

Both produce contrast ratios of 10,000:1.

The PointWrite technology in both units allows up to four participants to simultaneously collaborate on screens as large as 190 inches.

Auto calibration allows teachers and students to jointly interact via enabled pens or finger touch technology on any type of projection surface.

Other features include 3D, PC, and Blu-ray support; dual 10-watt speakers; integrated wall-mount plates; and ultra-short-throw ratios of 0.43 (MX852UST) and 0.35 (MW853UST).

LAN control is offered for facility-wide maintenance and management.

Both projectors are also compatible with Crestron RoomView, while a filter-free optical system further reduces the devices’ maintenance costs.

BenQ’s SmartEco technology reduces power consumption by 70 percent via automatic lamp power adjustment, enabling up to 7,000 hours of lamp life, the company said.

Lamp-replacement costs are also minimized using Auto Power Off and an Eco Blank mode that allows teachers to blank out the projection screen when the projector is not in use.

The projectors won NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award from AV Technology at InfoComm 2014.