PFU America, a part of the Ricoh Group, has added three laser projectors to its vary, together with its first short-throw mannequin: a WUXGA field constructed round “superior 3LCD projection expertise” and rated at 4,500 lumens.
“We’re thrilled to supply these three new laser projectors that includes Ricoh’s revolutionary projector lens expertise, the confirmed selection for lots of the prime projector producers around the globe,” stated Daisuke Kutsuwada, CEO and president of PFU America. “We’re extraordinarily excited to affix the short-throw projector class to fulfill the evolving wants of our prospects and companions.”
That short-throw mannequin is named the WUL5A40ST and has the expression of a scared one-eyed creature. It really works utilizing multi-module laser diodes for the promise of “gorgeous photos and lifelike coloration replica”, with PFU saying that even when one diode fails “the general brightness stays comparatively unaffected”.
The 3LCD projection engine tops out at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels for 16:10 side ratio photos as much as 150 diagonal inches, however can settle for 4K enter. There may be assist for over a billion colours, together with a distinction of 5 million:1. Guide zoom is accessible, and vertical/horizontal keystone correction offers placement flexibility, plus assist for four-point, six-point and curved changes.
Inputs embrace HDMI 1.4, Mini D-SUB and USB Kind-A, there’s Ethernet LAN and in addition a built-in 16W mono speaker. Designed primarily for enterprise, training or digital signage functions, the WUL5A40ST measures 390 x 319 x 132 mm (15.35 x 12.5 x 5.2 inches). It’s obtainable from PFU’s community of AV resellers for a instructed retail worth of US$2,750.
Subsequent up is a compact projector known as PJ WUL5A50, which is designed “for on a regular basis use in quite a lot of environments.” That is additionally constructed round 3LCD projection expertise and a multi-module gentle supply, however delivers 5,200 lumens. It has the identical picture decision because the short-throw mannequin, however can deal with photos as much as 300 inches. This laser projector measures 390 x 294 x 116 mm (15.35 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches) and prices $2,600.
The brand new additions are rounded out with a mannequin known as the PJ WUL6760, which now types the entry level to the corporate’s high-end vary of laser projectors. It additionally initiatives WUXGA photos as much as 900cm diagonally and is constructed round a multi-module gentle supply good for six,000 lumens – for projections which can be “clearly seen in quite a lot of environments, together with brightly lit rooms.” This one reportedly has HDMI 2.0 and HDBaseT inputs, and is a price-on-demand type of factor.