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Electronics maker Sanyo has presented three new projector models on its website. The PLC-XD2200 and PLC-XD2600 were introduced as ultra portable devices equipped with extraordinary long life lamps. The third debutant, labelled PLC-WD2500, is a short-focus type which achieves good results from a close distance.
Considering the rather ordinary brightness values, it sounds more like a promise from the maker than a fact that the PLC-XD models are to convince users even under bad light conditions: While brightness of the PLC-XD2200, analogous to its type designation, is only 2.200 ANSI lumen, its sister model possesses 2.600 lumen at least. Depending on the operating mode (eco, normal, bright), power consumption of the PLC-XD2600 therefore is two to 21 watts higher. Compliant with the EU regulation, both projectors only consume 0.7 watts in standby-mode.
Thanks to their Direct-off function, projectors can be turned off by unplugging the cable (Picture: Sanyo).
The lamp's long lifetime of up to 6,000 operating hours, as well as the noise of 29 decibels was measured in eco mode. Due to 4:3 format, both devices are ruled out for home cinema use. According to Sanyo, the are purposed to be economical presentation tools in the educational sector. Their built-in TFT panels provide a contrast ratio of 500:1 and XGA resolution of 1,024 to 768 pixels. Weighing 2.6 kilograms, the compact black-and-white housings have dimensions of 333.5 to 85.2 mal 247 millimetres.
In terms of connectivity, the PLC-XD models' ultimate strength lies in the analog section: Using optional adapter cables, composite, component video and S-video are to be realized via VGA. In addition, there are input and output ports for mini-jack plugs to feed the internal one watt mono speaker or to forward sound to external loudspeakers, respectively. Sanyo built in serial and LAN ports as control interfaces, too.
Both projectors also provide an automatic setup function. Without pressing a button or a cool down waiting period the devices can be packed after a presentation is finished. While Sanyo only grants 90 days of guarantee for the original lamp, the duration of cover for the projectors is three years.