According to projectorreviews.com, most lamp-based projectors claim between 3000 and 6000 hours of lamp life at full power. By comparison, laser projectors running at full power start at a lamp life of 16,000 – 20,000 hours. A 20,000-hour laser projector works out to roughly 40 hours a week for a decade before any maintenance is required. For projects which will require the installation of several projectors the maintenance-free nature of laser projectors becomes even more appealing.
Designed to meet the low maintenance demands of higher education and enterprise applications, is a new line of laser projectors from BenQ. The purpose-built interactive Blue Core laser projector lineup includes the short-throw WUXGA LU951ST, WUXGA LU950, full-HD LH720 WXGA LW720, and XGA LX720. These projectors feature IP5X dustproof certification, up to 5,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, and high contrast without lamps, filters or color decay.
“Traditional lamp-based projectors have been a challenge requiring constant filter cleaning and lamp replacements,” says Bob Wudeck, senior director, business, education, and CinePro solution at BenQ American Corp. “We’ve perfected our Blue Core laser projector offering to address the higher education market for the first time while also bringing superior brightness and affordability to boardroom applications. Users don’t have to deal with lamp replacements while enjoying consistent brightness year after year.”
The projectors of BenQ’s new lineup boast 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation and are virtually immune from color and contrast fading over time. The high ANSI lumen brightness levels (4,000-5,000) enable the projectors to deliver bright images even in rooms with high ambient light.
To lower maintenance costs even more, BenQ Blue Core laser projectors integrate into corporate network infrastructures, which gives IT managers full access and centralized control over every projector directly from their workstations, including remotely powering them up and down, changing sources and upgrading firmware throughout the facility over the network.
In the Classroom
Offering another perk: The LU951ST and LU950 (both 5,000 ANSI lumen) feature HDMI outputs, which means they can be stacked to turn two 5,000 ANSI lumen projectors into a 10K ANSI lumen display. Plus, digital audio and video can be streamed from the projector to any device in a classroom. Each of these two projectors also has advanced grayscale level and DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communication in Medicine) Simulation Mode to view grayscale medical images.
In the Boardroom
The LH720, LW720 and LX720 corporate projectors feature BenQ’s optional InstaShow software-free, OS- and hardware-agnostic collaboration solution that allows up to 16 presenters to lead from any device, making it easy for presenters to take turns wirelessly delivering seamless presentations for improved meeting efficiency. Additionally, BenQ’s QCast and QCast Mirror HDMI wireless devices enable meeting participants to share full-HD content wirelessly from any mobile device or laptop.
These new laser projectors ship in October from BenQ Direct at www.BenQDirect.com at the following MSRPs:
• LU951ST: $4,799
• LU950: $2,799
• LH720: $1,599
• LW720: $1,499
• LX720: $1,399