Big images for small spaces

SAN FRANCISCO (09/22/2003) - Tired of running your presentation from the back of the room, where a projector typically sits alongside your notebook? NEC Corp.'s WT600 DLP projector replaces the traditional optical lens with a series of aspheric (curved) reflecting mirrors, which allows it to be positioned just inches from--and slightly below--the screen (see diagram). This "short-throw" setup allows presenters to work in close quarters, or in front of the screen, without worrying about blocking the large projected image.

Working with a preproduction model a mere 6 inches from the screen, I was amazed at its ability to project a clear and colorful 46.5-inch diagonal image. The only drawback: a slight pincushioning effect at the top, which NEC says will be diminished in the shipping product.

At 13 pounds, with XGA (1024 by 768) resolution, 1500 ANSI lumens of brightness, and network capabilities, the US$6995 WT600 is an excellent choice for small to medium-size conference rooms. The projector also has standard video/audio inputs (plus built-in speakers), which make it suitable for showing TV, DVDs, and videos.

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