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Mitsubishi Launches Lamp-Free Hybrid Laser Projector

 The new Mitsubishi NF32U and NW30U hybrid laser projectors
The new Mitsubishi NF32U and NW30U hybrid laser projectors

Mitsubishi is rolling our a new family of bulb-free hybrid laser/LED projectors. The new line, called LaserVue, is debuting this week at the FETC 2013 conference taking place in Orlando, FL.

The LaserVue projectors combine a red LED, a green phosphor wheel, and up to 34 blue laser diodes to produce what Mitsubishi described as "bright, truer blues and purer greens--rich and accurate colors--using a single-segment wheel." The hybrid configuration is estimated to have a life of about 20,000 hours in standard mode, considerably longer than bulb-based projectors.

In addition to the hybrid laser design, the new models include an integrated thin client, allowing them to be used as presentation devices without the need for a separate PC. (See "'Cloud Projector' Integrates Thin Client for PC-Free Presentations" for further details about the cloud capabilities.)

The LaserVue family will initially include thee models. The NW31U-EST ("extreme short-throw") is a WXGA-resolution model (1,280 x 800 pixels) with a brightness of 2,500 lumens. The NW30U is also a WXGA model but offers a brightness of 3,000 lumens. And the NF32U, a 1080p HD projector, also offers a brightness rating of 3,000 lumens.

Other features include:

  • Integrated 10 watt speaker;
  • Variable audio output and audio pass-through support;
  • Support for control, access, and mirroring from mobile devices running WiFi-Doc or SidePad for iOS or Android.

Additional specs were not available at press time.

The NW31U-EST, and NW30U, and NF32U are slated to be released between April and June. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Mitsubishi is in booth 1113 at the FETC conference. Additional details can be found on the Mitsubishi Visual Solutions site.

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