Sony Electronics has introduced new micro-portable projectors: the VPL-EX1, VPL-CS6, and VPL-CX6.
The VPL-EX1 is a 1500 ANSI lumen, entry-level XGA display. It’s due later this month at a suggested list price of under US$2,400. The VPL-CS6 is an 1800 ANSI lumen SVGA projector that features a new short throw focal lens for smaller classrooms and conference rooms. The noise level has been reduced compared to Sony’s previous model. Due in August the VPL-CS6 will cost $2,300.
The VPL-CX6 is a 2000 ANSI lumen VPL-CX6 SuperLite projector that sports a Memory Stick media card port for “computer-less” presentations. Also coming in August, it will be priced at $3,300.
All three projectors feature 0.7-inch TFT LCD panels with a 165-watt UHP lamp for high brightness image display, automatic controls, and a chassis design in a package about the size of a hardback novel. In addition to pre-programmable options that lets you configure the SuperLite projectors to recall certain settings, the units have password security software to help prevent unauthorized use; the picture will only be displayed if you enter the correct password.
Like Sony’s previous models, the new projectors will automatically adjust height and keystone configurations to pre-set levels immediately when powered on. They feature a protective lens cover that automatically retracts.
The projectors can rest on a tabletop or be mounted to a ceiling. With the addition of an adjustable rear leg, Sony’s VPL-CS6/CX6 and VPL-EX1 projectors can be tilted for optimal picture height. The new units weigh 5.15 pounds and measure approximately 11.25 by 2.7 by 9 inches.