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NEC projector offers World's shortest throw distance

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July 30, 2003

Thursday July 31, 2003

The WT600 projector uses a lensless mirror design to project a 40" image at only 6cm from the screen and a 100" image at only 65cm from the screen - the shortest throw distance of any front projector to date according to NEC.

The device maximises image area in tight spaces and enables people to move freely around the room during presentations without casting shadows on the image and ruining everyone else's view.

The WT600 is also one of the only two projectors available (the other being the HT1000) featuring a 3000:1 contrast ratio for sharp image quality with deep black detail.

Connectivity includes the ability to communicate with a PC through a wired LAN system using a 10 base or a wireless system via Wi-Fi 802.11b.

The wireless option also lets switch between presentations on multiple laptops with and new networking capabilities allow users to perform online diagnostics of the projector from a remote location.

The WT600 projection system replaces the lens used in traditional optical systems with a series of aspheric mirrors. Developed by NEC using plastic mirror technology, the aspheric mirrors make the extremely short focal distance possible.

The new projector promises an increased lamp life of up to 3000 hours along with a barely audible noise level of only 32dB, plus an effective standby that mode reduces power usage to under 1W when not in active use.

Weighing 5.9kg, the WT600 incorporates a number of security measures including the ability to format a PCMCIA card as a security card that disables the projector, password protection and a panel control lock.

Available in Australia from August 2003, the WT600 costs AUD$11,500.

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