Sanyo Intros Ultraportable Wireless LCD Projectors


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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