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Mitsubishi NW31U-EST projector
Mitsubishi is about to start shipping 3 new projectors - all sporting Mitsubishi's new Laser light source. They are claiming a better way of creating a laser light engine, and that's always good. We'll let you know as we review at least one of the three.
The first to ship will ship in April. That's the base NW31U with an very short throw lens, WXGA (1280x800) resolution, and 2500 lumens. Shipping closer to summer are two additional models, one very similar but 3000 lumens, and the last, again similar, 3000 lumens, but full 1080p resolution..
In going over the press release, it's not the laser light engine that is most interesting, rather the expansion of sources to include "the cloud".
Of course the "cloud" in its own right is sort of hard to pin down. Technically any accessible shared remote server can be defined as being part of the cloud. So let's stick to the basics. Here are three new projectors that can run programs (such as Powerpoint) from a network server - no local computer needed. That's not unique, but less common than you might think.
And if your remote server is arguably "in the cloud", then well, it can present from the cloud.
That's all there is to it. If it's your server, then it's your "private cloud" if you are presenting a presentation that you stored on Googles, or Apple's or someone else's "cloud" then, bingo, That you can also control the presentation with wifi connected devices such as iPhones and iPads, Androids... adds some additional flexibility and convenience.
We are hoping to include the NW31U in this year's education projector comparison report. It depends if Mitsubishi can get us a unit before April 1 (before their official ship date). These sure sound interesting, so I am hoping we will receive it in time, so that our education projector buyers are aware, before their purchase cycle shifts from "choosing the projectors" to ordering them.
Mitsubishi Electric Introduces LaserVue Projectors that Let You Wave “Goodbye” to Lamp Replacements
Orlando, Fla., January 29, 2013
— Mitsubishi Electric’s new LaserVue®
family of lamp-free, environmentally-conscious portable projectors create brilliant images with accurate colors using a technologically advanced light engine unlike any other hybrid projector on the market today. Eco-conscious teachers and presenters will see Mitsubishi’s first new hybrid projector at FETC (Florida Education Technology Conference) at the Orlando Convention Center this week in Booth #1113.
As a leading supplier of the world’s laser light engines for display devices, Mitsubishi draws on its expertise to design and build this new line of lamp-free projectors. To produce the red-green-blue lighting elements required to form all display colors, Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors use one pure red LED and up to 34 pure blue laser diodes of varying strengths and wavelengths, and a solid-colored phosphor wheel that emits green light.
Unlike other light engine designs in the market today, some of the blue laser diodes are diverted to excite phosphors on this single-segment wheel. This creates a clean, clear green, eliminating color breaking or rainbow effects that are sometimes observed in similar projectors. Those that use dual or multi-segment color phosphor wheels often attempt to boost brightness at the expense of color accuracy. Mitsubishi’s new design creates bright, truer blues and purer greens—rich and accurate colors—using a single-segment wheel.
Mitsubishi’s new line of LaserVue projectors consists of three portable models: the NW31U-EST WXGA (1280 x 800 resolution) extreme short throw model will be the first to become available in April, followed shortly by two standard throw models: the NW30U WXGA (1280 x 800 resolution) and the NF32U full high-definition, 1080p resolution projector. They burst with 2500 lumens, 3000 lumens and 3000 lumens respectively. Each of these new LaserVue projectors have a light source estimated to last up to 20,000 hours of performance in standard mode, so teachers and presenters can expect many hours of use with no worries about changing lamps.
With this lamp-free design, schools districts, universities and even businesses can expect to save time and money over the life of the projector. And in a continued nod to cost savings, a high-power 10-watt speaker with variable audio output, and an built-in audio pass thru means that even when the projector is in stand-by mode, the speaker can still be used. This eliminates the cost and necessity of external amplifiers and speakers.
These Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors also give presenters access to their content in new and different ways—from mobile devices, the cloud, the internet, a networked server and a traditional computer source. With its built-in “thin client” technology, the Mitsubishi LaserVue projectors don’t even need a computer. When connected to a networked server, they become dynamic display devices where users can simply log onto their network directly from the projector, gain access to content from the server and begin displaying it in seconds. Users can opt to skip the traditional steps of physically connecting their computer to the projector or manage any necessary projection function keys.
“Our LaserVue projectors lead the trend in using new technologies,” said Wayne Kozuki, product manager, Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. “With a lamp-free design and direct access to the cloud, we hope to change the way people present in the classroom and the boardroom.”
By using free SidePad and WiFi-Doc applications, these LaserVue projectors also support BYOD (Bring Your Own Display) initiatives with flexibility: teachers and presenters can use a mobile device such as a tablet or a smart phone to access, mirror and control a computer that is connected to the projector and the same Wi-Fi network, and present Powerpoint®, Excel®, Word®, TXT, PPD and JPG files from their iOS or Android devices directly through the projector. For the first time, presenters are untethered from their computers and can control and present from any location within the classroom or meeting space. Both the SidePad and Wifi-Doc apps are free downloads via the Apple® App store or Google Play™.
Long committed to social responsibility and conserving natural resources, Mitsubishi Electric has improved the design and production of its new projectors with the environment in mind, and can help buildings gain LEED certification:
- Mitsubishi uses lead-free solder on all printed circuit boards.
- New models are designed with high-efficiency standby modes that are designed to use less than one watt of power.
- Full-volume user manuals have been eliminated from production and information has been converted into CD or web downloadable format for easy storage and less material consumption.
- Mitsubishi Electric projector cabinets are not painted, and no conductive coating is used.
“There’s a new world in the classroom and boardroom, and Mitsubishi is here to display it, brilliantly, accurately, and cost-effectively,” said James Chan, vice president of marketing, Mitsubishi Electric Visual Display Solutions.
The NW31U-EST and NW30U are targeted for availability in April and the NF32U is targeted for availability in June. Pricing and warranty information will be released at that time. Like all Mitsubishi Electric data projectors, they are covered by the Express Replacement Assistance (ERA) Program, a comprehensive nationwide service that offers next business-day replacement* for units that are under warranty. Terms and conditions apply.
About Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. is a US subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Tokyo, Japan. Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America manufactures and markets projectors, data wall display systems, LCD digital signage monitors and players, industrial printers, photo kiosks and digital photo printers.
For more on Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, visit http://www.mevsa.com. Connect with Mitsubishi on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/MitsubishiDisplays) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/MitsuDisplays)
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