Product Focus: Short-throw Projectors for Under $1,500

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We've all seen it happen at AV presentations. Caught in the beam of the projector, the lecturer winces like a vampire, even as students make shadow puppets on the screen behind him. There is another way. Unlike traditional projectors, short-throw models can be positioned next to the screen, so the lecturer doesn't have to worry about where he stands. And he can actually see his audience.

We identified more than 60 short-throw and ultra-short-throw projectors on the market that can display full-size images on a screen just a few feet away. They are great for small- and medium-sized classrooms, and eliminate many of the issues of having a traditional projector at the rear of the room. With so many models available, though, the key is to find one that suits your needs.

For this survey, we focus on projectors under $1,500. Among those models priced above $1,500 are some with remarkable features--including 20-watt stereo speakers on the 3M SCP716 Interactive Multimedia Projector (with wall mount) and a projection distance of just four inches for the Dukane 8104HW Ultra-short-throw Projector--as well as the top-selling Epson BrightLink 455Wi Interactive Projector.

Note: All prices are the manufacturer's suggested retail price; the reseller price may be up to 50 percent lower. The lists are based on manufacturers' specifications compiled by GovConnection.com and from the manufacturers themselves; we have not done any product testing to verify manufacturers' claims.


Hitachi CP-DW10N

Hitachi CP-DW10N

Features
Native Resolution: WXGA (1,280 x 800)
Brightness (Maximum): 2,000 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.5
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 50" to 86" (estimated)
Projection Distance: 25" to 43"
Display Technology: LCD (three-panel, 0.59" polysilicon, active-matrix TFT
Weight: 8.2 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 13.1" x 4.1" x 11.9"
Integrated Speakers: Single 10 watt speaker
AV Ports In: Two RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) ports, S-video, composite video, stereo RCA audio jacks, two stereo minijacks
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo RCA audio ports
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: LAN (RJ-45), RS-232
Keystone Correction: ±5° vertical
Light Source: 180W
Max Lamp Life: 4,000 hours
Audible Noise: 37/29 dB (normal/eco mode)

 

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BenQ MS612ST

BenQ MS612ST

Features
Native Resolution: SVGA (800 x 600)
Brightness (Maximum): 2,500 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 5,000:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.9
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 27" to 300"
Projection Distance: 24" to 270"
Display Technology: DLP (single chip)
Weight: 5.5 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.2" x 4.1" x 9.6" without lens
Integrated Speakers: 10 watt stereo
AV Ports In: HDMI, one RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, USB mini-B (display), S-video, composite video, stereo minijack, stereo RCA audio jacks
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo minijack
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: USB, RS-232
Keystone Correction: ±40° vertical
Optical Zoom: 1.2x
Light Source: 190W
Max Lamp Life: 6,000 hours
Audible Noise: 29/26 dB (normal/eco mode)
Security: Password

 

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Epson PowerLite 410W

Epson PowerLite 410W Multimedia Projector

Features
Native Resolution: WXGA (1,280 x 800)
Brightness (Maximum): 2,000 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 500:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.48
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 50" to 116"
Projection Distance: 24" to 236" (estimated)
Display Technology: LCD (three-panel, polysilicon, active-matrix TFT
Weight: 7.9 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.9" x 3.7" x 10.2"
Integrated Speakers: Single 10 watt speaker
AV Ports In: Two RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) ports, S-video, composite video, stereo RCA audio jacks, two stereo minijacks
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo minijack
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: LAN (RJ-45), RS-232
Keystone Correction: ±15° vertical
Light Source: 170W
Max Lamp Life: 4,000 hours
Audible Noise: 35/28 dB (normal/eco mode)
Security: Integrated Kensington lock slot, security bar, password

 

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NEC NP-510WS

NEC NP-510WS

Features
Native Resolution: WXGA (1,280 x 800)
Brightness (Maximum): 2,100 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.74
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 57" to 104" (screen size)
Projection Distance: 35" to 68"
Display Technology: LCD (three-panel, 0.59")
Weight: 7.3 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.1" x 5.4" x 11.9"
Integrated Speakers: Single 7 watt speaker
AV Ports In: RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, DVI-I, S-video, composite video, stereo minijack
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo minijack
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: LAN (RJ-45), RS-232
Keystone Correction: ±20° vertical (auto and manual)
Optical Zoom: 1.2x
Light Source: 230W
Max Lamp Life: 5,000 hours
Audible Noise: 35/29 dB (normal/eco mode)
Security: Integrated Kensington lock slot

http://www.necdisplay.com/p/multimedia-projectors/np510ws


Dukane ImagePro 8110H

Dukane ImagePro 8110H

Features
Native Resolution: XGA (1,024 x 768)
Brightness (Maximum): 2,000 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.6
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 60" to 100" (screen size)
Projection Distance: 27" to 45"
Display Technology: LCD (three-panel, 0.55" polysilicon, active-matrix TFT
Weight: 7.7 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 13.1" x 4.1" x 12"
Integrated Speakers: Single 1 watt speaker
AV Ports In: Two RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) ports, S-video, composite video, stereo RCA audio jacks, two stereo minijacks
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo RCA audio ports out
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: RS-232
Keystone Correction: ±35° vertical
Light Source: 180W
Max Lamp Life: 4,000 hours
Audible Noise: 37/29 dB (ultra quiet/whisper mode)
Security: Integrated Kensington lock slot, security bar

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_dvProjectors.asp?Model=8110H


Dell S500

Dell S500 Ultra Short Throw Projector

Features
Native Resolution: WXGA (1,280 x 800)
Brightness (Maximum): 3,200 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2,300:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.3
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 77" to 100"
Projection Distance: 19" to 26"
Display Technology: DLP (single chip)
Weight: 15.6 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 12.9" x 7.5" x 16.6"
Integrated Speakers: 5 watt stereo
AV Ports In: HDMI, two RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) ports, S-video, composite video, USB mini-B (display), stereo RCA audio jacks, stereo minijack, microphone port (minijack)
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo minijack
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: LAN (RJ-45), two USB (one type A, one type B), RS-232; optional: WiFi USB adapter
Keystone Correction: +40°/-35° vertical
Light Source: 280W
Max Lamp Life: 3,000 hours
Audible Noise: 31 dB (eco mode)

http://www.dell.com/us/en/k-12/peripherals/projector-dell-s500/pd.aspx?c=us&l=en&refid=projector-dell-s500&s=k12


Dukane ImagePro 8105H

Dukane ImagePro 8105H

Features
Native Resolution: XGA (1,024 x 768)
Brightness (Maximum): 2,200 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2,000:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.2
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 60" to 100" (screen size)
Projection Distance: 4" to 15"
Display Technology: LCD (three-panel, 0.63" polysilicon, active-matrix TFT
Weight: 8.6 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 13.6" x 3.4" x 11.9"
Integrated Speakers: Single 10 watt speaker
AV Ports In: HDMI, two RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) ports, USB (display or presentation), S-video, composite video, two stereo minijacks, stereo RCA audio jacks, microphone jack (minijack)
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo RCA audio ports out
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: LAN (RJ-45), two USB (one shared display/presentation port), RS-232
Light Source: 210W
Max Lamp Life: 5,000 hours
Audible Noise: 33/28 dB (ultra quiet/whisper mode)
Security: Integrated Kensington lock slot, security bar

http://www.dukane.com/av/products/Item_dvProjectors.asp?Model=8105H


NEC NP-U300X

NEC NP-U300X

Features
Native Resolution: XGA (1,024 x 768)
Brightness (Maximum): 3,000 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2,000:1
Max Throw Ratio: 0.377
Image Size Range (Diagonal): 63" to 85" (screen size)
Projection Distance: 19" to 26"
Display Technology: DLP (single chip, 0.55")
Weight: 14.3 lbs.
Dimensions (W x H x D): 16.8" x 7.9" 16"
Integrated Speakers: Single 10 watt speaker
AV Ports In: HDMI, two RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin) ports, S-video, composite video, stereo minijack
AV Ports Out: RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin) port, stereo minijack
Networking, Control & Peripheral Ports: LAN (RJ-45), USB, RS-232
Keystone Correction: ±15° vertical (auto and manual)
Optical Zoom: 1.1x
Light Source: 280W
Max Lamp Life: 3,000 hours
Audible Noise: 36/32 dB (normal/eco mode)
Security: Integrated Kensington lock slot

http://www.necdisplay.com/p/multimedia-projectors/np-u300x