Sharp: High end projector boasts compactness, power

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Sharp Electronics has rolled out its high-end NotevisionC40 LCD projector, a mid-sized projector that the company says is lightweight enough for portable use, but powerful enough for basic installation.

Targeted to the education and government markets, as well as to sales executives, corporate trainers, corporate conference/board rooms and other mobile business executives the NotevisionC40 features 1024 x 768 XGA resolution and 2000 ANSI Lumens. It's now available at a list price of US$6,295.

The projector weighs 10.6 pounds and measures 9 x 4.8 12.2-inches. The C40 features a lamp life of approximately 2000 hours and is DTV-compatible. It offers separate composite and S-video inputs and two separate data inputs for Mac and Wintel systems.

Sharp's Advanced Presentation Software (S.A.P.S.) is built into the C40 and lets one or more projectors be connected to a computer for remote diagnostics and control capability, according to Jerry Ganguzza, associate director of marketing for Sharp's Professional LCD Products Division. S.A.P.S. is designed to locate and self-diagnose system errors, instantly sending an alert to the control computer or forwarding error message e-mails to a predetermined list. The software can also be easily configured to immediately alert on-site maintenance engineers, Ganguzza said.

Included is Sharp's PresenterPAK, which features a graphical user interface (GUI) menu screen that's icon-based and uses common terminology rather than technical jargon, Ganguzza said. Computer connectors are color-coded to simplify setup for users when connecting cables to a Mac or PC. PresenterPAK has built-in features such as a customizable start-up screen, break timer for meeting control and presentation support tools.

The NotevisionC40's automatic and manual image-adjustment features let presenters fine-tune images for the sharpest presentations possible, Ganguzza said. Sharp's autoSYNC feature automatically adjusts computer images without having to access the projector's menu system and Advanced ImageACE Resizing automatically adjusts different source resolutions to match the projector's native resolution, enabling the projector to handle images up to SXGA resolutions and various electronic workstation data signals as well.

NTSC, PAL, SECAM and DTV video signals are also handled through the projector's video inputs. The C40 features digital keystone correction with edge smoothing to remove an effect that may cause projected images to appear trapezoidal, but unlike optical correction, this technique squares the edges of an image while maintaining brightness and image quality, Ganguzza said.

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