Panasonic is refreshing its high brightness portable projector series, with an array of improvements to the devices’ connectivity, compatibility and total cost of ownership.
The six-strong PT-VZ580 range for classrooms and corporate meeting rooms now comes with 5,000 lumens brightness and a more durable filter that can be washed twice before it needs to be replaced. This effectively doubles filter life to around 14,000 hours.
A new plug and share function enables users to take a USB memory stick and wirelessly connect and project content without struggling with network settings. The projector copies all the relevant set-up files onto the memory stick, before automatically running a tool on the user’s PC that enables straightforward connection.
Adding to the projector’s flexibility, a new long-reach mode for DIGITAL LINK surpasses the limitations of conventional HDMI signals, with support for cabling up to 150 metres long.
Thomas Vertommen, Panasonic’s European Projector Product Marketing Manager, said: “The network capabilities go further than we’ve ever seen with our portable projectors before. There’s a new powered USB port on selected models, supporting the use of media sticks like Google’s Chromecast and the Amazon Fire Stick, so there are multiple ways users can get content up on display incredibly quickly.”
The PT-VZ580 range is available from June 2017.
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