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Ricoh’s latest portable projectors, the PJ WX4152N and PJ WX4152NI, can be placed just inches from the display surface, making them ideal for smaller offices and classrooms, as well as trade shows and impromptu meetings.

With 1280 x 800 WXGA resolution, a projection brightness of up to 3,500 lumens and contrast ratios of up to 13,000:1, they can project sharp, colourrich, high-defiition content, even in a sunlit room.

 Vivitek has introduced a five-year full coverage warranty for its Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors.

Vivitek has introduced a five-year full coverage warranty for its Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors.

Flexible mounting options enable 360-degree projection onto walls, tabletops and flors, with automatic keystone correction for perfectly aligned images every time.

The interactive model, the PJ WX4152NI, turns the projection surface into an interactive whiteboard and allows participants to add notes to presentations with a digital pen.

Five year warranty for Vivitek ultra short throw projectors

Vivitek has introduced a five-year full coverage warranty for its Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors. The option is valid for current Vivitek UST models sold during 2016.

Vivitek says that unlike its competitors, it will replace projector lamps free of charge rather than at a reduced cost to the user. By covering up to two extra lamps, the warranty ensures projectors can be used for five years, based on average use of 10 hours a day in standard operating mode.

When a lamp needs replacing, Vivitek will send out a new lamp, collect the old one and ensure it is processed at a specialised recycling company, thus avoiding potential environmental damage.

For more details of the Five Year Full Coverage Warranty, visit

Ultra-wide short throw laser projector

Optoma has added an ultra-wide model to its ultra-short throw projector range. The ZH300UW has a native resolution of 1920 x 720 pixels and a 16:6 aspect ratio, enabling it to accommodate two 4:3 images side-by-side.

At the same time, the projector’s ultra-short throw lens has a 0.25:1 projection ratio, meaning that a large 120’’ image can be delivered from a throw distance of just 72cm.

Based on laser-phosphor technology, the ZH300UW is designed for business, education and specialist AV applications. It has an image brightness of 3,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a life expectancy of up to 20,000 hours, removing the need for costly replacement lamps.

Bright and beautiful

The WU416, Optoma’s new high resolution WUXGA projector, is designed for meeting rooms, museums, churches and retail environments. It has a 20,000:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 4,200 lumens for bright, sharp imagery. A 1.6x zoom projection lens and vertical lens shift allow for easier installation and eliminate the need for costly interchangeable lenses.

Laptop-free presentations

HDCast Pro is a 1080p multimedia streaming dongle that plugs into the HDMI port of a projector or TV to support the wireless streaming of content from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. It can also stream digital content stored on a home network. The dongle can be used for laptop-free presentations, to browse the internet or mirror the screen of a laptop or mobile device, and can even turn a mobile into a document camera/visualiser.

A free app enables any smart device to control what’s on-screen and can be used to draw on and annotate files.

New partnership for Epson Epson has appointed Sahara Presentation Systems Plc as a UK distribution partner for its corporate projectors. Sahara has been distributing high-tech AV solutions and software for 40 years, specialising in the education, health, Government and corporate sectors.

Under the new deal, Sahara will take on Epson’s portable and desktop projectors (the EB-32, EB-U32, EB-X27, EB-W29 and EB-900 series), its ultraportable projectors (the EB-1700 series), its short throw projectors (the EB-500, EB-1400 series) and its installation projectors (the EB-1900 series).

Large venue laser projector

The PT-RZ31K is Panasonic’s first 3-Chip DLP SOLID SHINE laser phosphor projector series, designed especially for large venue applications. Launched at ISE 2016, the 28,000 lumens projectors come in both WUXGA and SXGA+ and offer continuous, maintenance-free operation, a low total cost of ownership, a compact design and stunning picture quality. A new liquid cooling system contributes to reliability and quiet operation.

Lang, one of Europe’s leading AV technology rental companies, has committed to purchase 50 PT-RZ31K projectors. Lang supports many of Europe’s leading projection mapping events, including the Bucharest iMapp Festival and Moscow’s Circle of Light, which will look to integrate the PTRZ31K into future shows.

The PT-RZ31K is available from autumn 2016.

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