Sony Launches Compact LCD Projector Line
Sony last week debuted a new line of front LCD projectors, including the company's first compact widescreen model. The VPL-E series includes four new models, three of which are shipping this month, with the forth slated for a May launch.
The new lineup includes the VPL-EX50, VPL-EX5, VPL-ES5, and VPL-EW5.
The VPL-EX50 is an XGA (1,024 x 768) projector with a brightness of 2,500 lumens. The VPL-EX5 also offers XGA resolution, with a brightness of 2,000 lumens. The VPL-ES5 is an SVGA projector (800 x 600) with a brightness of 2,000 lumens. And the VPL-EW5 offers a WXGA resolution (1,280 x 800) with a brightness of 2,000 lumens.
All of the projectors have the following features in common:
- Short-throw lens for smaller classrooms and meeting rooms;
- Sony’s BrightEra technology, designed to improve the resilience of the projectors using an inorganic alignment layer for light resistance;
- Control panel key lock and password authentication system;
- Monitor output and audio output, as well as RS-232C control (except on the ES5);
- Support for high-def and standard-def signals;
- HDMI, S-video, and RGB/component input via D-sub 15-pin input;
- Remote Commander unit;
- Automatic pixel alignment and vertical keystone adjustment;
- 4x digital zoom; and
- Six picture modes, as well as dynamic image enhancement.
The VPL-EX50, EX5, and ES5 are shipping this month for $1,270, $1,050, and $910, respectively. The widescreen VPL-EW5 will e available in May for $1,410. Further information can be found at Sony's projector site here.
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