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Panasonic Intros Portable ProjectorsWireless units support 802.11b
New models include the PT-L730NTU wireless, PT-L720U XGA, PT-L520U SVGA ultra-portable, PT-L780NTU wireless and PT-L750U portable XGA LCD projectors. The new wireless models allow for continuous, cable-free presentations from multiple computers at a transfer rate of 11 Mbps over a 125-foot distance. All the PT-L730NTU's and PT-L780NTU's setup parameters can be controlled remotely and status monitored via an Internet browser menu, and the projectors have an assigned IP address for remote, individual control. The PT-L780NTU also features wired Local Area Network (LAN) capabilities.
Weighing just 8 pounds, the PT-L730NTU offers a brightness of 2,200 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 400:1 and a native resolution of 1,024 x 768 (XGA). The PT-L720U offers 2,200 ANSI lumens, and the PT-L520U delivers 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, a contrast ratio of 400:1 and resolutions of 1,024 x 768 (PT-L720U) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). All three projectors also offer two-mode lamp operation--Standard or Save--with a lamp life in the Save mode at 3,000 hours.
Weighing 12 pounds, the PT-L780NTU wireless and PT-L750U portable projectors incorporate three newly-developed .99" TFT Active Matrix Polysilicon LCD panels. The PT-L780NTU and PT-L750NT are high-brightness models (3,000 and 2,500 lumens, respectively), displaying at 1,024 X 768. The PT-L780NTU also offers a DVI interface for direct digital input of RGB signals.
The projectors are HDTV-ready and can automatically synchronize to display 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i video in the 16:9 wide aspect ratio. In addition, the units support most worldwide video standards, including NTSC, PAL and SECAM. The PT-L730NTU has a suggested list price of $5,999; the PT-L720U has a suggested list price of $5,499; and the PT-L520U has a suggested list price of $3,999. The three models will be available in June. The PT-L780NTU and PT-L750U will be available in September.
For more information, visit http://www.panasonic.com/projectors.
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