Today’s marketplace is saturated with projection options, but who has the time to sift through the pros and cons of each before settling on just one? We’ve done the hard yards and handpicked the cream of the ‘short throw’ crop for their overall superior performance and star features – across the (white) board. Get set to transform your conference, office or classroom with a powerful, no fuss, presentation – at the flick of a switch.
1. Ricoh PJ WX4130N
Ricoh is well and truly leading the way with an impressive breakthrough in ultra short throw projection. The revolutionary PJ WX4130N packs a huge projection punch for its mere 3kg weight. The cutting edge projection device displays big, brilliant, high definition images, placed just inches from the wall or projector screen. This is short throw projection technology at its most sleek, compact and powerful best. A recent review undertaken by ProjectorCentral.com rated Ricoh’s PJ WX4130N with five stars for performance and features. The model also won a Finalist Award at the distinguished 2012 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
With top marks for performance, brightness and network flexibility, Ricoh has set the short throw projection benchmark with this savvy offering.
2. Epson EB-455Wi
With stylish, modern design and advanced technology, the Epson EB-455Wi sets a new standard for Ultra Short Throw projection, combined with interactive fun. With its sharp as it gets, square-edged image, and brightness of up to 2,500 lumens light output, the EB-450Wi emerges as a clear classroom winner, geared for a vibrant, interactive work environment, and lessons that command full attention. Epson’s standout short throw offering enables presenters to deliver rich multimedia content with zero glare distraction, and the added benefit of 3LCD technology that brings content to life.
3. BenQ MP780ST
Unlike any other projection system, the BenQ MP780ST boasts an exclusive PointDraw feature, designed to facilitate dynamic interactive capabilities. By opening up creative new paths to the interactive world, the MP780ST has completely transformed the way a presenter interacts with the audience. The fun of interactive projection is enhanced by Q Draw software crammed with user friendly features, and supporting the interactive projection is the induction of WXGA (1027×800) technology, which can stretch your projection screen by up to 30% without altering the dimension of a single pixel.
4. Casio Short Throw XJ-ST155
A formidable short throw data projector for both business and classroom is the standout Casio XJ-ST155. It contains the hybrid laser/LED light engine featured in other top selling Casio projectors, and boasts a 20,000 hour lifetime expectancy – that’s at least for times the lifespan of your average lamp! A solid feature set includes WiFi connectivity and the ability to run presentations from a USB thumb drive. It’s also 3D ready to rock any presentation with lifelike projection prowess.
5. Hitachi CP-A221N
Hitachi pioneered short throw technology several years ago, and their latest offering has them combining integrated Hitachi software and rich interactive functionality, for pin-sharp picture quality at ultra short-throw distances. And beyond basics features, this particular Hitachi model is unusually petite at less than 4kg – light enough to easily carry by hand, and utilise as a portable projector. The Hitachi CP-A221N gets a big performance tick from us.
Written by Dante Armistice, technology enthusiast focused on projectors and projector technology