New LED/Laser Hybrid Projectors at London’s BETT Show

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.

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