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Hitachi expands into short throw

Andy Stout 1 February 2010
Hitachi expands into short throw

Following significant success in the Ultra Short Throw arena, Hitachi Digital Media Group is showcasing its new family of Short Throw LCD projectors.

Hitachi is already a success in the Ultra Short Throw arena, where it is said to enjoy an impressive 86% share of the market.

Delivering a shadow-free 80in (2.02m) screen in throw distances from 82cm, there are two types of projector in the range – direct throw and mirror – as well as three education-specific and three multipurpose models.

The multipurpose – ie corporate – models include the entry level XGA CP-D10 and the network enabled WXGA CP-DW10N, both featuring direct projection through a single free-shaped plastic lens. Throw distances for an 80in screen for these models are 93cm and 86cm respectively.

The CP-AW100N, also network enabled, has a mirror-based projection system that further reduces the throw distance to 82cm. The line-up is completed by three network-enabled models to meet the specific requirements of the education market, including two direct projection XGA models in the ED-D10N and the orange ED-D11N, and the mirror-type WXGA ED-AW100N.

All the models feature a contrast ratio of 400:1 and while the multipurpose units offer a bright 2000 lumens output, the education models are designed to comply with BECTA standards in areas such as brightness and performance.

Noise output across the range is rated at 28dB in eco mode. Assuming that many customers will use these models in conjunction with either standard or interactive whiteboards, a new template function provides guidelines and grids to make it easy to write and draw on boards, while the daytime mode ensures that projections are always vivid and easy to see even in bright or sunny environments.

Hitachi claims projector maintenance activity in typical environments is limited to only one visit per approximately every two and a half years.

The company has also used the latest manufacturing and packaging techniques to reduce the amount of chemicals and CO2 used in the production and shipping of the projectors, while emissions and energy consumption are further minimised in operation by the power saving and Eco modes.

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