Two new “lamp free” projectors from BenQ and Optoma were on show in the Texas Instruments booth at the BETT show earlier this month. Both models use a new solid-state LED/Laser hybrid illumination system, which eliminates lamp replacements. The projectors use less than 0.5W in standby, so are claimed to be both environmentally friendly and cost-effective.
The BenQ LW1-ST model is expected to have a brightness of 2000 lumens with WXGA resolution. This DLP, “lamp free” projector can operate for 10,000 hours without maintenance making it well-suited for education use.
Also on display was a new model from Optoma, who announced that it will make the formal introduction of their ZW210ST—a DLP projector with an LED/Laser Hybrid lamp system— at ISE next week. The sub 3kg WXGA Optoma model also has an expected brightness of 2000 lumens. The short-throw lens displays a 60” image from only 68cm away and is designed for classrooms or smaller meeting rooms where space is limited.
Pacific Media Associates market research continues to show that eco-friendly projectors are in high demand, particularly in the classroom where low cost of ownership is very important.