Optoma Re-Uses Chassis in Business and Education

By Tom Allen
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Four new DLP-based projectors have been introduced by Optoma, for the business (W350, X350) and education (W351, X351) markets. They are differentiated by their resolution, brightness and throw ratios, but other features and specifications are the same.

Each projector is networkable via RJ45, and is compatible with Crestron, AMX and PJLink systems. Energy-saving is key for all models; Optoma’s lamp modes can reduce power draw by up to 70%. The projectors also have auto power off and eco blank modes, to further lower energy use. They can be turned back on instantly, within 100 seconds of being switched off.

A remote mouse and laser pointer is supplied with each unit. Users can also purchase an optional wireless dongle, to provide internet connectivity. Each model also supports 3D.

The projectors are built using the same chassis, so each has HDMI, VGA (x2), S-Video, composite, RS232, RJ45 and USB-B ports. They measure 315 x 224 x 102mm and weigh 2.6kg. Each uses a 210W lamp, lasting for between 4,000 and 8,000 hours. They have a 1.1x manual zoom and +/-40° vertical keystone correction.

The ‘W’ models have 1280 x 800 resolution; a 1.55 – 1.7:1 throw ratio; 18,000:1 contrast ratio; and a 112% offset. They can throw a 27.3″ – 299.5″ image from 1m – 10m.

The ‘X’ models have 1024 x 768 resolution; a 1.95 – 2.15:1 throw ratio; 20,000:1 contrast ratio; and 115% offset. They can throw a 22.9″ – 300″ image from 1.2m – 12m.

Brightness is 3,800 lumens on the W351; 3,600 lumens on the W350 and X351; and 3,400 lumens on the X350. The projectors are available now, for £600 ($905) (W351), £540 ($815) (X351), £515 ($775) (W350) and £440 ($665) (X350). Prices are ex VAT.