This digital projector caught our eye recently at the fabled wonderland that is CES. Small, compact, wireless, and you would think the presenter’s dream. We found that may not be the case. Still it is worth covering since this is only one of several machines with the feature on the market. If you are a fan of display technology, read on and find out why we think this machine is leading the way for projectors of the future.
In a wired world the big move now is to one without wires, and the wireless standard that is most used is 802.11b. This feature might not always be a good thing, the number of devices transmitting on the 2.4Ghz spectrum can slow transmission speeds down at times. The general idea is to make the presentation as smooth as possible so that you are able to sell your product in the most effective manner.
Setups such as those at colleges or businesses where they already have a fixed projector that presenters can plug into will not benefit as much as the mobile professional. Unfortunately 802.11b does not have the bandwidth needed to show full motion video, such as .mpeg, .avi, or DVD, so in that respect the LT 260 is still lacking. The good news is that it will have no problems handling a slide presentation or to demonstrating the operation of a program.
The reason for going into the limitations of wireless was to dispel any assumptions about the technology before the actual review to prepare you for what these machines are capable of accomplishing. Wireless connectivity in digital projectors is a step in the right direction, but it won’t be until 802.11a devices become standard will we see the true benefit.
Compatible Network Interface Cards Include:
NEC/Samsung SWL-2100N-NU (5V version only from NEC)
Linksys PCMPC100 (Ver.2 only, confirm version when ordering)
This display is bright, especially for its size, at 2100 Lumens. It needs it too, for most meeting rooms are well lit during the presentation to present a more professional image. Another great feature for this projector is its excellent contrast ratio, at 1300:1 it will make those presentations pop. With a maximum screen size of 33.33 feet wide by 25 feet tall, you can be assured that a very large audience will be able to see what you have to say.
If you have had problems in the past getting your presentation to look centered and square than you can worry no more. This little machine will do all that for you automatically after you set the four corners of the screen. Keystone correction is apart of their 3D-reform geometry technologies. For those times when you can’t get the projector centered just right this technology will come in handy indeed. All it takes to set it is few clicks a USB mouse and you are on your way to a square image. What makes this special is NEC has included horizontal, vertical and diagonal keystone correction.
Digital Light Processing (DLP) was developed by Texas Instruments with the primary goal of enhancing projector technology. DLP employs MEMS, tiny mirrors that can swivel independently, to control when light should be reflected through a spinning color wheel and on to the screen. By changing the angle of incidence for each of the tiny mirrors as the wheel spins they are able to blend the colors at the pixel level. The resulting image is sharper due to an increase in contrast, which happens because you get less mixing of the subtle hues. This of course also means that the color rendition of the image data stored in the computer is going to be more accurate. Texas Instruments has a good overview online.
The LT 260 has two modes of operation. The normal mode creates about 32 dB of noise and in eco-mode it generates only 29 dB. This is one quiet projector! You won’t have to talk over the noise of the fan working to keep everything cool. This will focus the attention of the audience on you and your presentation. When the LT 260 is in standby mode it only uses 0.6 watts of electricity! NEC has always taken their responsibility to the environment seriously by continually looking for ways to improve the efficiency of their projectors. Eco-Mode is a result of years of effort, concentrating on ways to reduce overall projector power consumption.
To prevent unauthorized users from gaining access to the device the LT 260 employs password protection or a PCMCIA security card, otherwise the machine is rendered inoperable. To prevent it from wandering around you can lock the projector down using a secure cable looped through a lock slot. You can also purchase a ceiling mount with security screws that should stop all but the most determined of thieves. The buttons on the control panel can be disabled so that the settings can not be changed.
All the connectors are located under three panels in the rear of the machine. If you have the machine plugged in using either the VGA, S-Video, or computer inputs you will have to remove the access panel completely. The PCMCIA slot is located outside the access panels and can be used without removing the panel. This is where you insert the wireless card. The machine has two IR ports located on the front and back, so as to provide you with the ability to use the included remote from either direction.
|DLP Technology||0.69″ 12 degree DDR DMD|
|Resolution||1024 x 768 pixels native, up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) with Advanced AccuBlend|
|Lens||F2.2 – 2.5, f = 28.3 – 34.0|
|Throw Ratio||1.93 – 2.0:1 (wide), 2.38 – 2.42:1 (tele)|
|Light Output||Up to 2100 ANSI Lumensv|
|Lamp||220W DC igniter-less lamp (new technology provides higher efficiency and reliability)|
|Lamp Life||2000 hours Eco-mode, 1500 hours Standard|
|Image Size||30″ to 200″ diagonal|
|Projection Distance||35.7″ – 298.9″|
|Projection Angle||12.3 – 12.5 (tele), 14.9 – 15.2 (wide)|
|Keystone Correction||horizontal +/- 30 degrees, vertical +/- 40 degrees with 3-D Reform|
- Inputs (compatibility) Computer: (2) mini D-Sub 15-pin, YCbCr Component Video through mini D-Sub 15-pin (optional cable)
- Video: (1) RCA, (1) S-Video (NTSC, PAL, PAL-60, SECAM, NTSC4.43, PAL-N, PAL-M)
- HDTV – 1080i, 1080i/50, 720p, 480p, 480i, PAL progressive/50
- Audio: (1) mini audio, (1) L/R RCA
- PC Card: PCMCIA type II
- USB Type A: control of menu, on-screen annotations and 3D reform
- USB Type B: connect to computer for mouse control
- Outputs (1) monitor output (mini D-Sub 15-pin), (1) mini audio with variable audio output
- Synchronization Range Horizontal – 15 – 100KHz, Vertical 50 – 120Hz
- Video Bandwidth RGB 100MHz (-3dB), Video 6.5MHz (-3dB), monitor output bandwidth 80MHz (-3dB)
- Pixel Clock Frequency Less than 135MHz
- Color Reproduction 16.7 million colors displayed simultaneously
- External Control RS232, IR (AMX/Crestron compatibility)
- Sync Compatibility Separate Sync / Composite Sync / Sync of G
- Built-in Speaker 1W
- Power Requirements 100 – 120/200 – 240VAC, 50/60Hz
- Input Current 3.0A(100 – 120VAC), 1.5A(200-240VAC)
- Power Consumption 280W (max), 8W idle, 0.6W standby with power on/off switch
- Fan Noise <32dB standard mode, <29dB Eco-mode
- Installation Orientation Floor/Front, Floor/Rear, Ceiling/Front, Ceiling/Rear
- Dimensions 260mm(W) x 300mm(D) x 120mm(H), 10.2″ x 11.8″ x 4.7″
- Net Weight 2.9Kg/6.5Lbs
- Environment Operational Temperatures 0 – 35 degrees Centigrade, 32 – 95 degrees Fahrenheit
- Regulations USA UL1950, FCC Class B; Canada CSA950 (C-UL)
- Accessories User’s manual (CD-ROM), PJ/PC remote, batteries, power cable, 15-pin mini D-sub cable, USB cable
- A & B, quick connect guide, registration card, lens cap with attachment string & rivet
- TRAVELPRO200 Executive faux leather rolling case w/ projector and laptop compartments. Fits in airline overhead compartment.
- ATAPRO200 Rugged rolling case for projector shipment and check-in
- LTROLLER200 Platinum, high impact plastic roller case for secure transport of projector. Fits in airline overhead compartment.
- ADP-CV1 Component video adapter
- LT60CM ..Ceiling mount
- LT60LP Replacement lamp
- LTSCREEN 50″ diagonal table top screen in compact carrying case
- SC200 Security cable for desktop and cart applications and ceiling mount applications
- SWL-2100N Wireless LAN card
- Advanced AccuBlend™ Ensures detailed images when non-native resolution sources are connected to the projector
- AutoSense™ Automatic set-up and one touch adjustments for ease of use
- Monitor Output For connection of external monitor
- VORTEX Technology Plus™ Provides uncompromising display of video and data.Improves white level, color accuracy, dynamic range, and
display of varying levels of black in an image. Picture management enables six-axis adjustment of CMY and RGB for display of personal color preferences. Includes sRGB setting.
Image magnification 64 step image magnification with location control security, the projector is inoperable if password or PCMCIA security card are not input. Projectors can be locked down by attaching security cable to lock slot. Ceiling mount includes security cable attachment and security screws.
- Sleep Timer Timer can be set to automatically shut down projector
High Performance Video High contrast, sharp image frame with enhanced color imagery management
- Specifically Designed The LT Series complies with ADA 508 and offers closed for Special Needs captioning and menus that can be read by the color blind Remote Laser Switch Remote control laser pointer has internal shut off switch Energy Saving Features Complies with Executive Order 13221. Uses 0.6W when in standby and includes on/of switch
Registered owners receive a 3-year limited parts and labor warranty. The first year is covered by InstaCare. InstaCare provides the original owner limited concurrent 3-business day repair/return or next business day exchange. The lamp, when used under normal operating conditions is guaranteed for 1000 hours or 6 months, whichever comes first. Contact your reseller for InstaCare service program extension options
* Requires wireless LAN card accessory.
** Periodic cleaning may be required.