NEC has announced their next generation of M Series short-throw projectors geared towards collaboration applications. The new DLP models are the 3,300-lumen M333XS and the 3,500-lumen M353WS. Both projectors offer a high contrast ratio of 10,000:1, are filter free, and have 0.6:1 and 0.48:1 throw ratios, respectively.
They include a number of “green” features including ECO Mode™ with ambient light sensor, which increases lamp life up to 8,000 hours, while lowering power consumption. Both models include quick start (3 to 4 seconds) and auto power on via the RGB input connector. A carbon savings meter calculates the positive effects of operating the projectors in ECO Mode.
Included software allows users to network their projectors for easier management and control. The Image Express Utility Lite function allows up to 16 devices to be wirelessly connected to each projector concurrently. Thumbnail images give presenters visibility to each participating device so they can toggle between sources.
The projectors also include NEC DisplayNote Software, an app that lets leaders and participants present, share and annotate content from any platform or device so their notes are automatically saved.
The M333XS and M353WS projectors include the following features:
- XGA and WXGA native resolutions, respectively
- DLP engine, featuring BrilliantColor™ Technology
- HDMI 3D display up to 144Hz
- DICOM display mode
- Dual HDMI inputs to connect to multiple external devices
- Automatic keystone correction technology
- Sealed optics engine
- 20-watt speaker
- Microphone input
- Low power consumption (0.2W in stand-by mode)
- Optional interactive camera module (NP03Wi) and wireless dongle (NP05LM1)
Recent findings from end-user surveys conducted by PMA Research have found that projectors with interactive functionality, as well as ultra-short throw capabilities, are some of the most requested features by end-users in collaborative environments.