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Panasonic Intros Portable Projectors

Wireless units support 802.11b By Dave Nagel
Panasonic has introduced five new portable and ultraportable projectors at this year's InfoComm convention in Las Vegas. The lineup includes XGA and SVGA models, including some with wireless connectivity via standard IEEE 802.11b. Units will be released this month through September.

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.

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Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at [email protected].

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