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Sanyo Intros Ultraportable Wireless LCD Projectors

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Sanyo has introduced four new models in its PLC line of ultraportable LCD projectors. Two of the new models offer wireless projection capability via USB.

The PLC-XU355 and PLC-XU305 offer a new feature Sanyo calls "Simple Wireless Setting." Using a supplied USB memory drive, a wireless (802.11b/g) connection can be established between the projectors and a Mac OS X- or Windows-based computer for projecting up to 98 feet from the computer. With this feature, up to five projectors can be connected to a single computer, and individual projectors can be connected to multiple computers. Sanyo said the feature can be activated with a single click (in most cases).

Sanyo has also introduced two projectors in the lineup without this wireless connectivity, the PLC-XU350 and PLC-XU300.

All of the new models offer XGA resolution (1,024 x 768) with screen uniformity of 85 percent.The PLC-XU355 and PLC-XU350 offer a brightness of 3,500 lumens; the PLC-XU305 and PLC-XU300 offer a brightness of 3,000 lumens. Other features include:

  • RJ-45 wired network connectivity;
  • Support for screens up to 300 inches (diagonal);
  • Auto Vertical Keystone Correction;
  • Auto Input Signal Search;
  • Guidance Function (for displaying connecting options when no signal is detected);
  • 7-watt mono speaker;
  • RS-232 control; and
  • Instant powerup and shutdown (no button required).

The PLC-XU355 and PLC-XU305 also include a 1.6x optical zoom lens and a DVI-I input. All of the projectors offer RGB input (two inputs on the PLC-XU350 and PLC-XU300), S-video, composite, stereo RCA jacks, and a stereo minijack.

The wireless PLC-XU355 and PLC-XU305 each weigh 6.4 pounds. The PLC-XU350 and PLC-XU300 weigh in at 5.7 pounds. All of them measure 12.8" x 3.27" x 9.1".

All of the new models are expected to be available in mid-May. The PLC-XU355 will sell for $2,595; the PLC-XU305 will be available for $2,395; the PLC-XU350 will sell for $1,495; and the PLC-XU300 will sell for $1,295. Further information can be found here.

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