NEC Intros Entry-Level Installation Projector
NEC Display Solutions has announced a new installation-grade projector for large venues, such as lecture halls and multipurpose rooms. The NP610 is a networkable model (RJ-45), with remote diagnostics for monitoring and making adjustments to the projector via the network from a remote location. The projector can be controlled directly from a computer, without the need for additional control cables.
The NP610 is specified at 3,500 lumens of brightness, with an XGA resolution (1,024 x 768) and 500:1 contrast ratio. Inputs include VGA, DVI-I with HDCP, 15-pin R GB, RCA, S-video, and three audio in ports, along with variable audio out.
NEC said the projector filter requires less maintenance, with three times the filter life compared to the company's other projector filters. The NP610 also comes with a carbon savings meter so that the energy savings in economy mode (a lower brightness setting) can be measured. The power consumption is listed as 312W Normal/237W ECO Mode/0.6W Standby. The lamp, said NEC, can last up to 5,000 hours in Eco Mode.
Additional features include:
- Built-in closed captioning, which enables decoding and text display from a video;
- Variable audio-out, allowing the remote control to be used to adjust the volume of self-powered external speakers connected to the projector;
- AutoSense, which intuitively syncs the projector with most computer signals and features one-touch image optimization;
- Automatic keystone correction technology, which projects a square image even when the projector is set up at a steep offset angle to the screen;
- Built-in wall color correction preset, which provides adaptive color tone correction to display images properly on non-white surfaces; and
- 7-watt speaker
NEC said the NP610 will have an estimated street price of $1,499.
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