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Sony Launches High-Light-Output Network Projector for Education

Sony has introduced a new model in its lineup of LCD-based network projectors for education, the VPL-FW41, a high-light-output model designed for fixed installations.

The new VPL-FW41 offers a brightness of 4,500 lumens (3,600 in economy mode), a resolution of 1,280 x 800 (WXGA), and a contrast ratio of 700:1. It supports screens as large as 600 inches (diagonal). Other features include:

  • 12-bit gamma correction with 3D digital comb filter (for uniform picture and greater detail);
  • 12 µm cell gaps (about 12-thousandths of a millimeter);
  • BrightEra technology that uses an inorganic alignment layer to allow for higher light output without damaging the LCD panels;
  • Support for centralized control and monitoring via network;
  • Support for switching between computers on the LAN, including wirelessly connected computers;
  • Power zoom, focus and horizontal/vertical shift functions;
  • Two 1.8 watt speakers; and
  • ±30 degree vertical keystone correction.

Video connectivity includes HDMI, component (five BNC connectors), two mini D-Sub 15-pin RGB ports, S-video, and composite video. Other inputs include RJ-45 (100BASE-TX/10BASE-T); RGB monitor out (mini D-Sub 15-pin); stereo minijack; RS-232C and stereo minijack for controls.

The VPL-FW41 weighs in at about 21 pounds and measures 21" x 5.75" x 13.875".

The new projector is available in two configurations. The VPL-FW41, which includes a standard power lens, sells for $6,710. The VPL-FW41L, which does not come with a lens but offers four lens options, sells for $6,440. Both models are available now.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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