updated 12:30 pm EDT, Thu June 19, 2008
New Casio XJ projectors
Casio has revealed information on a new Pro-Series group of Super Slim projectors. The base-level systems fall under a "Super Colorä" line, and are said to have a higher level of color accuracy than previous Super Slims, with a 10 percent larger chromacity region. The units have a 2x optical zoom, a native resolution of 1024x768, and a contrast ratio of 1,800:1, achieved through a 2,500-lumen lamp. Of the two the XJ-SC215 also has a built-in USB host, which lets users view converted PDF, JPEG, BMP and AVI files directly from a flash stick.
Alternately, people can connect an optional Wi-Fi receiver, which lets as many as four computers link with the projector simultaneously. Additional control can be exercised through built-in RS-232C support.
The Super Brightä projectors are essentially identical to the Coloräs, complete with USB- and non-USB models, but raise brightness by 500 lumens to reach 3,000. All of the Pro-Series projectors should ship in August, at prices between $1,299 and $1,599.