updated 04:05 pm EDT, Wed June 13, 2001
Both Epson and Mitsubishi have introduced three new projectors: Epson's PowerLite 800p, 810p, and 600p; and Mitsubishi's X500, X490, and S490. The two companies collaborated on the development of new color management technology for the projectors.
The Epson PowerLite 810p, PowerLite 800p and PowerLite 600p are all sub-10-pound portable projectors that feature substantial brightness ranging from 1,500 - 2,000 ANSI lumens. All three models use three newly designed 0.9-inch high aperture LCDs to produce rich colors with razor-sharp contrast across the entire screen and a 400:1 contrast ratio. The PowerLite 810p uses a Micro Lens Array to produce 2000 ANSI lumen images in true XGA native resolution (1024 x 768), while the PowerLite 800 delivers 1500 ANSI lumens in native XGA resolution and the PowerLite 600 projects up to 1700 ANSI lumens in native SVGA (800 x 600) resolution. The PowerLite 800p and 810p will be available through authorized dealers beginning in August 2001, while the PowerLite 600p will reach the market in September. The products are priced respectively at $4,275, $5,225 and $3,799 (estimated street price) and come with a two-year limited warranty. [site not updated]
Mutsubishi's new line of projectors is led by the flagship X500, a 3-panel poly-silicon, Micro-Lens Array LCD projector that supports native XGA resolution with compressed SXGA, and more than 16.7 million colors; provides 3,700 ANSI lumens in brightness, has a contrast ratio of 400:1, a powered zoom lens, keystone correction, and remote control. Along with the flagship X500, Mitsubishi has also announced its X490 projector, which offers those features mentioned above with 2,500 ANSI lumens and native XGA resolution. The S490 provides 2,500 ANSI lumens and native SVGA (800 x 600) resolution. The X500 will be available in Q3 2001, while the X490 and S490 will be available in Q4 2001. Pricing will be announced at the time of shipping. [site not updated]