Home cinema on the move...
It seems mobile projectors are fast catching up with their bigger brethren…
The NEC ‘NP901W’ won’t be challenging the latest luxury home cinema models but it does sport features that would have been considered impossible in its size not so long ago.
A native WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution capable of 720p High Definition playback gets things off to a good start and is built on by a brightness measured at 2,000 ANSI lumens and an impressive 400:1 contrast ratio. As you would expect, the obligatory image enhancement software (in this case Silicon Optix HQV (Hollywood Quality Video)) is in there as well.
Flexibility is also guaranteed too since an onboard Mpeg2 codec means DVD quality video can be played back directly from a USB drive; integrated 802.11b/g will stream content, while an HDMI port with HDCP will get the job done if copyrighted HD is specifically required. There’s even an Ethernet port which will work happily with Windows Vista Remote Desktop Control and support for picture-in-picture, wall colour correction and 1.2x optical zoom.
For the old school brigade S-Video and PC analogue connectivity round things off along with 2x 3.5mm input and 1x 3.5mm output jacks while lamp lifetime should be good for 2,500 hours or up to 3,500 hours in eco mode. As for the weight of the whole unit: just 3.7kg.
“NEC has produced the most advanced mobile projector on the market,” said Simeon Joseph, the company’s Product Marketing Manager and I’d be hesitant to disagree.
Launching this month for £1,209 plus VAT, the NEC NP901W even comes with a standard three year guarantee. Yep, we’re smitten.