updated 09:20 am EDT, Mon August 4, 2008
NEC NP41 and NP61
NEC began its week with an unveiling for two computer-oriented portable DLP projectors. The NP41 and NP61 are both light enough at 3.5 pounds to be carried along with a notebook but still bright enough for less-than-ideal lighting at 2,300 and 3,000 lumens of brightness respectively. They also have a claimed 1,600:1 contrast ratio and a six-segment DLP color wheel that produce relatively vivid images at either projector's 1024x768 maximum resolution.
Both imagers accept VGA, S-video, and RCA for input and will recognize and downscale most HD video formats without cropping or stretching. The NP61 will ship first and appears in September for $1,399, while the more economic NP41 ships a month later in October and will sell for $999.