Stories by Richard Jantz

Planar PX191

SAN FRANCISCO (03/23/2004) - Planar Systems Inc.'s PX191 displayed crisp text and colorful graphics, retaining excellent details in both dark and light tones. For example, the PX191 earned the highest score in its class for its ability to display the lightest and darkest shades in our gray-scale test (perhaps as a result of its high 700:1 contrast ratio). However, the PX191's price of US$780 was second-highest among the models it competed against at the time of our review, and about $50 above the average.

Projector offers detachable digicam

SAN FRANCISCO (11/21/2003) - With the new Toshiba Corp. TLP-S41U projector, you won't need to hassle with printed handouts or find a chalkboard in order to add last-minute items to your presentation. This versatile unit includes an integrated digital camera that you can use to project images of paper documents or display three-dimensional objects.

Groundbreaking projector prices

SAN FRANCISCO (10/27/2003) - If you've waited for a great deal on a portable projector that you can use at work and at home, get out your wallet now. A clutch of major manufacturers have dropped the price of entry-level projectors to under US$1,000--hundreds of dollars below what the lowest-priced starter models cost just months ago. All of these dual-use projectors can display images from a PC or from a video source (such as a DVD player or VCR), which can be useful both in conference rooms and in living rooms.

Canon's cleanup scanner

SAN FRANCISCO (09/22/2003) - Canon Inc.'s new US$400 CanoScan 9900F is a powerhouse flatbed scanner that captures crisp, colorful images from film or prints--and can automatically clean up old, damaged photos.

A mighty mini-projector

SAN FRANCISCO (09/22/2003) - Mobile users who want a projector for their road shows will love InFocus Corp.'s new LP120. Weighing just 1.98 pounds and standing 2.05 inches tall, the svelte, eye-catching LP120 is a solid performer capable of projecting bright, colorful images. The unit's biggest drawback is its not-so-diminutive US$2799 price tag.

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.