Sharp Electronics Corp. has introduced a new Notevision projector, dubbed XR-1S, that weighs slightly more than three pounds and measures 9.7 inches wide, 2.5 inches high, and 4.8 inches deep, or about the size of two paperback novels. The company notes that it was designed to “go from the briefcase to the boardroom with ease.”
The Notevision XR-1S offers native SVGA resolution, a 1500:1 contrast ratio and the choice between 1100 ANSI lumens or 970 ANSI lumens. The lower brightness provides a low power mode that reduces both fan noise and power consumption. When business presentations are finished, the Notevision can handle image formats up to 1080i HDTV resolution as well as 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios for watching regular TV or movies. Its scaler turns TV signals into non-interlaced video, resulting in better image quality.
The new projector ships with a credit card-sized remote. Expect to see it in May with a suggested list price of US$1,895 and an estimated retail price of $1,299. As MacCentral went to press with this article, a product page for the XR-1S was not yet available on the Sharp Web site.