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New Short-Throw Projectors Feature Mercury-Free Light Engine

BenQ has launched two new short-throw projectors for education. The LX60ST and LW61ST, with mercury-free blue core light engine, debuted last week at the TCEA Annual Convention and Exposition in Austin, TX.

The LX60ST and LW61ST deliver a contrast ratio of 80,000:1, up to 20,000 hours of lamp life, and have a brightness rating of 2,000 ANSI lumens. Both units come with iPad and iPhone connectivity plus two 10-W speakers and microphone. The projectors also feature instant on/off functionality, manual brightness level adjustment control, and 360 degree tilt projection.

BenQ's new units also include "SmartEco Advanced" mode, which automatically adjusts light source power depending on display source. If no input source is detected for three minutes, the system lowers brightness to 10 percent. Users can also blank the projectors' screen when not in use, which also reduces light source power to 10 percent.

Additional features of the LX60ST include:

  • 1024x768 (XGA) resolution
  • Native 4:3 aspect ratio
  • Short-throw ratio of 0.6

Additional features of the LW61ST include:

  • 1280x800 (WXGA) resolution
  • Native 16:10 aspect ratio (5 aspect ratio selectable)
  • Short-throw ratio of 0.49

The projects measure 5.9" (h) x 15.5" (w) x 11.7" (d) and weigh 11.2 pounds.

AV inputs for the two units include HDMI, two analog RGB/component (D-sub 15-pin), S-video, composite, one microphone minijack, and two stereo minijacks. AV outputs include analog RGB (D-sub 15-pin monitor out) and a stereo minijack. Control and peripheral ports include RJ-45, RS-232, and USB.

Additional information about the LX60ST and LW61ST can be found at BenQ's Web site.

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Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].