updated 04:35 pm EST, Thu January 4, 2007
Four New BenQ Projectors
Electronics firm BenQ late today started shipping four multi-role projectors it says are equally made for formal presenttions and home theaters. All four share multiple additions that should help in the former presentation setting, the company says. Users now have added control over every step of the startup and shutdown: in addition to a subtle tone that indicates when a presenter can safely display the picture or shut down the system, the new line also sports a MyScreen function that replaces BenQ's logo with a custom image. An on-screen timer can help prevent miscues, and a special blackboard mode adjusts the image to properly display a picture on a dark background.
The four models are primarily separated by digital video support, BenQ says. The higher-end MP721 and MP721C (pictured) share a 1024x768 resolution, and introduce DVI-I ports alongside component, RCA, S-video, and VGA; the more mainstream MP621 and MP621C models use 800x600 projectors and forego pure digital output. The company has not clarified the meaning of the C designation. Every model should be widely available in mid-January for prices of $749 (MP621C), $899 (MP621), $999 (MP721C), and $1499 (MP721).