NEC has launched two new projectors along their NP Short Throw series. Named the NP510WS and the NP610WS, the two new short throw projectors are built for small rooms and are designed to use less power that their predecessors.
Both projectors are fitted with a short throw lens that eliminates shadows on the screen, plus a Virtual Remote that allows the projectors to be controlled from a computer without having to use the remote (since it should be close enough to a PC in a small room anyway). Both projectors also feature an ECO Mode that extends the lamp life to 5000 hours while lowering power consumption, closed captioning for the hearing impaired, and auto keystone and color correction for easy image calibration, a built in 7W speaker for audio monitoring, and quick starup and shutdown times.
They’re virtually identical, but differ on the displayed aspect ratio: the $949 NP510WS displays a standard 4:3 screen, while the NP610WS gives a widescreen image for $50 more. Both projectors are set to ship in January 2010.