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New certification programme for UST projectors

NEC and BenQ ultra short throw (UST) projectors are the first to be certified under the terms of a new programme announced by TCO.

TCO Certified, the international sustainability label for electronics, has announced a new certification for short throw (ST) and ultra short throw (UST) projectors. Building on the existing TCO Certified Projectors program, new criteria are aimed at reducing specific challenges presented by UST technology.

Short throw projectors are able to project big screen presentations from a very short distance. To date the challenge with UST technology, according to TCO Certified, has been the picture quality produced by the wide angle lens and mirror technology: image distortion and higher energy consumption in order to correct the distortion have been common problems. TCO Development has therefore developed criteria unique to UST projectors, including luminance uniformity, wide colour gamut and limited energy consumption, in order to reduce these problems and ensure a high quality user experience.

NEC and BenQ are first to achieve TCO Certified for UST projector models. The NEC NP-U300X is first TCO Certified XGA UST projector and the BenQ MW851UST is first TCO Certified WXGA UST projector.

“It is critical that users of UST projectors are assured of high picture quality while also knowing that the products they choose also help them meet their sustainability goals,” said Soren Enholm, CEO of TCO Development. “Choosing a projector certified by TCO is a good way to achieve both objectives.”

UST projectors are popular for use in smaller meeting rooms or classrooms where space is limited as they offer greater flexibility in where the projector is placed, including close to the projection screen. Other advantages of UST projectors include the ability to eliminate shadow effects caused by people and objects in front of the screen and no risk of looking directly into the projector light beam.