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Mitsubishi Ships Ultra Short Throw DLP Projectors

The Mitsubishi WD380U-EST DLP projector sports a throw ratio of 0.375 and supports display over LAN and USB.
The Mitsubishi WD380U-EST DLP projector sports a throw ratio of 0.375 and supports display over LAN and USB.

Mitsubishi has rolled out two 3D-ready DLP projectors that use specialized lenses to enable shorter throw ratios and to greatly reduce glare for presenters or educators standing in front of the units.

The new projectors, dubbed the WD380U-EST and the XD360U-EST, display projected images larger than 60 inches from distances of less than 2 feet.

The WD380U-EST offers a throw ratio of 0.375, a native resolution of 1,280 x 800, and a brightness of 2,800 lumens, while the XD360U-EST features a native resolution of 1,024 x 768, a throw ratio of 0.469, and a brightness of 2,500 lumens. Both models have a contrast ratio of 3,000:1.

Projected image sizes displayed by the WD380U-EST range from 66 inches at a distance of 20 inches to 170 inches at a distance of 56 inches. The XD360U-EST offers a 60-inch image at a distance of 22 inches and a 150-inch image at a distance of 58 inches.

Both units feature:

  • RJ-45 connectivity;
  • RS-232 control;
  • A 10 watt mono speaker;
  • A maximum lamp life of 6,000 hours;
  • USB display capabilities; and
  • Support for video resolutions up to 1080p.

AV inputs include HDMI, dual analog RGB/component (mini D-sub 15-pin), USB (for display), S-video, composite video, and stereo minijack. AV outputs include analog RGB (mini D-sub 15-pin monitor out) and stereo minijack. Networking, control, and peripheral ports include RJ-45 LAN, RS-232, and USB.

The WD380U-EST and the XD360U-EST are currently available and ship with both a three-year express replacement warranty and a three-year parts and labor warranty. The bulb is covered by a one-year or 500 hour lamp warranty.

Further information on the WD380U-EST can be found here. More information on the XD360U-EST is available here.

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