If you have to travel to give onscreen or video presentations, you know what a pain projectors can be. If you rely on someone else’s projector, inevitably it isn’t compatible with your notebook or other device, the remote is missing, its bulb has conveniently slipped its mortal coil, or—in one particularly amusing case from my personal past—the projector gets stolen not ten minutes before you’re scheduled to go on. Not good. But hauling around your own projector…wel, that’s just a barrel of laughs.
So NEC is looking to make the world of presentations a better place with its new NP60 lightweight projector. The automatic projector offers 3,000 lumens of brightness and weight just 3.5 pounds—it might not be convenient to cart around, but at least you aren’t going to slip a disc trying it. Add auto-focus, auto vertical keystone correction, auto source selection, and quick shut downs, and the NP60 gets interesting for sales folks, raod warriors, trainers, and others who have to give presentations on the go.
“NEC was the first to produce an award-winning fully automatic projector last year and we’ve improved upon previous models by reducing the new NP projectors size and weight by 20 percent,” said Keith Yanke, senior product marketing manager, NEC Corporation of America, Visual Systems Division, in a release. “The NP60 is the world’s lightest projector at 3,000 lumens and is packed with a multitude of automatic features while sporting a very inexpensive price tag.”
The NP60 powers up as soon as its plugged into a power outlet, reducing the amount of time consumed waiting for the projector to get up and running. Similarly, the MP60’s air pump and fan run continuously so the unit can be packed up as soon as its unplugged: no more singeing your hands and waiting for projectors to cool down. The NP60 sports 1,024 by 768 native resolution (which you cn crank to 1,600 by 1,200 in a pinch), a 1,600:1 contrast ratio, a 1.2×zoom, RCA and S-Video inputs, IR remote control, and a 2,000 hour lamp life (3,000 hours in “Eco-Mode.” The NP60 is available now, and carries a suggested retail price of $1,299.