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NEC Debuts High-Brightness Short-Throw Projectors

NEC's U310W offers a native resolution of 1,280 x 800 and can project a 40-inch image from a distance of 1 foot from the screen. It's expected to ship in December.

NEC has launched two new projectors designed for high-light output and ultra-short throw distances for interactive whiteboards or other classroom applications.

Boasting a brightness of 3,000 lumens and 3,100 lumens, respectively, the new U300X and U310W can project relatively large images from as little as 12 inches. The U300X has a throw ratio of 0.377:1 and a resolution of 1,024 x 768 (XGA), while the U310W has a throw ratio of 0.3:1 and a resolution of 1,280 x 800 (WXGA). Both of the single-chip DLP models offer a contrast ratio of 2,000:1.

Both of the projectors are 3D-ready and integrate DLP Link technology. Other features include:

  • Support for closed captioning;
  • Automatic vertical keystone correction (specific ranges not available at press time);
  • LAN connectivity via RJ-45 (10/100 base-T);
  • DDC/CI for controlling the projector without additional cables;
  • Remote diagnostics;
  • 3,000-hour lamp life in economy mode; and
  • Automatic power on.

Complete details on AV inputs and outputs were not available at press time. NEC said both models include HDMI and dual RGB computer inputs, as well as variable audio out and an integrated 10 watt speaker.

The U300X and U310W are expected to sip in December. The U310W will sell for $1,299; the U300X will sell for $1,199. Further information about the projectors will be available here.

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