Sony Announces New Wireless Projector

Sony’s new wireless video projector bridges the gap between networked sophistication and first-time-presenter simplicity.

The VPL-CX85 model, weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces, is a portable projector that can be easily transported between meeting rooms or used as an entry level install unit. It comes with a wireless 802.11b network card and a USB adapter with the installation software pre-loaded for speedy use.

Featuring an intelligent set-up that automatically performs keystone correction (vertical and horizontal), a powered lens and the ability to store settings, the model is easy to turn-on and start a presentation.

“Security, networking, doubling an investment’s value with portability – all of these corporate priorities are addressed with this new Sony projector,” said Jim Neal, general manager of display product marketing in Sony Electronics’ IT Products Division. “We understand the need for a comprehensive view of display technology, because we’re a corporate customer ourselves.”

Light conditions in the meeting space don’t have to be a consideration because the projector delivers bright and clear images with 3000 ANSI lumens. The VPL-CX85 has two RGB inputs and one RGB monitor out, with the option to deliver a presentation without a PC through the use of MemoryStick® flash media. Critical for education applications, the RGB monitor out allows teachers to view their lecture on a desktop monitor while presenting to students in the classroom.

The model comes with two remote controls. One is a basic presentation remote and the other is a compact presentation remote that includes slide advancement buttons and a laser pointer.

To keep presentation information secure, the VPL-CX85 also comes equipped with password protection that prompts users for a pre-determined password before it will start. To further deter thieves, the unit will not operate without entering a self-assigned password. Would-be thieves see a sticker warning that the projector will not operate without a password.

Available in April, the VPL-CX85 projector will be priced at about $3,700.

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