Two new ultra-short-throw projectors from NEC Display Solutions both offer 3,300 lumens and interactive options. The XGA resolution UM330X and the Wide-XGA UM330W are compatible with the NP02Wi eBeam interactive system, which connects between the USB port on the eBeam module at the front of the projector and computer, and uses IR technology to control the computer and to allow users to annotate on a whiteboard.
Features of the new UM Series projectors include dual HDMI, VGA, USB hub and microphone inputs, as well as a built-in 16-watt speaker. Variable audio-out allows the remote control to adjust the volume of self-powered external speakers connected to the projector. The UM330X and UM330W also have AutoSense™ which syncs the projector with most computer signals and AutoKeystone Correction.
Virtual Remote allows the presenter to control the projector from the computer and the ECO Mode™ option extend lamp life and lowers power consumption.Finally, remote monitoring and control can be achieved via an RJ-45 network connection and wireless operation is possible with optional Wireless LAN feature.
The UM330X and UM330W projectors will be available in January 2013 at a minimum advertised price of $1099 and $1299, respectively. For about $200 more, you can buy a bundle that includes the ultra-short-throw wall mount kit.
Recent projector market research from Pacific Media Associates show that short-throw and interactive projectors to be two of the fastest growing product categories, so these new models from NEC are just what the market is asking for,