Mitsubishi Digital Electronics, maker of presentation and display products, has announced its latest family of desktop LCD projectors.
Leading the pack is the X500, an sRGB-compliant goodie that features 3,700 ANSI lumens along with Mitsubishi’s patented ColorView Natural Color Matrix, an IRIS (Intelligent Room Illumination Sensor) control, and Smart Hub network connectivity. And it’s AppleTalk friendly.
The X500, targeted to information technology (IT) and audio-visual (AV) customers, can be connected to a network or even host a mini-network on its own.
“Last year we introduced our award-winning ColorView Natural Color Matrix,” Aki Ninomiya, director of sales and marketing for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics said in a statement. “This year, we are the first to introduce sRGB color compliance and IRIS control. Ultimately, our projectors deliver a better value to our customers.”
Along with the X500, all of Mitsubishi’s LCD projectors include its unique ColorView Natural Color Matrix, a patented color algorithm that enables “truer, more accurate, and more realistic colors for computer graphics and video display,” Ninmiya said. ColorView’s most important feature is its six-axis color control function, he added. Unlike any other projector, both display (RGB) and print (CMY) color palettes can be independently adjusted like a graphic equalizer.
The sRGB color standard allows presenters to match their displays without a complicated calibration process. The sRBG Color Profile is based upon IEC Color Profile 61966-2-1 that reproduces the same natural color tones as most CRT phosphor-based color displays, as well as display devices such as LCD monitors, digital cameras, laptops, printers, and other sRGB-compliant products.
Unlike other projectors, up to five users can simultaneously connect to the X500 through Mitsubishi’s unique hub feature and Apple’s AppleTalk or Windows NetBEUI protocol.
CineView, a line-doubler with a 3-2 pull down conversion system for efficient video processing that cancels video field overlap to maintain sharp images, is incorporated in the X500 and the other new projectors. When transforming film to electronic display, the resulting video is often choppy; with CineView, the image is as sharp and smooth as its native film format, with no flickering or distracting blank frames inserted, Ninmiya said.
The X500 is a 3-panel poly-silicon, Micro-Lens Array LCD projector that supports native XGA resolution with compressed SXGA, and more than 16.7 million colors; provides 3,700 ANSI lumens in brightness; has a contrast ratio of 400:1; a powered zoom lens; keystone correction; and remote control. It weighs less than 16 pounds. It’s due in the third quarter.
Along with the flagship X500, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics has also announced its X490 projector, which offers those features mentioned above with 2,500 ANSI lumens and native XGA resolution. The S490 provides 2,500 ANSI lumens and native SVGA (800 x 600) resolution. The X490 and the S490 will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2001. The pricing on all the products will be announced nearer the shipping dates.