BenQ has two new DLP projectors with 1920 x 1200 resolution and using lamps. The MU686 has a brightness of 3,500 Ansi lumens while the MU706 produces 4,000. Both have 20,000:1 contrast and the same 240W lamp with 1.15 – 1.49 throw ratios and 1.3x zoom ratio for images from 30″ to 300″. Inputs include VGA, dual HDMI ports and an MHL connection as well as composite and S-Video. There are two USB ports and a hidden dongle design for an optional USB Wi-Fi connection. Pricing is €915 for the MU686 and €999 for the MU706, plus VAT.
We’re used to seeing different brightnesses from LCD projectors, which are often supplied with or without microlens, but less often on DLP products. We’re reaching out to try to find out more about what is being done. (BR)
Update BenQ confirmed to us that the two models are offered on the basis of selection. There are a lot of different optical components that impact the overall efficacy of the optical path. Small variations in each can add up to mean quite a wide variation at the end of production. BenQ uses selection at the end of production to differently label the products. (BR)