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BenQ America Adds New Short-Throw Projectors

MW821ST, MX822ST join PointDraw product line

BenQ America Corp., a digital products company, introduces the additions to its PointDraw line of short-throw projectors: the MW821ST (available now) and MX822ST (available in March 2013).
Supporting the company’s third-generation PointDraw interactive projection technology, the projectors enable the integration of iPad and Android tablets, as well as greater interaction with the PointDraw Pen 3.0, BenQ says.
PointDraw technology includes the new PointDraw Pen 3.0, which now has improved pointer accuracy and decreased lag when writing on any projection surface, according to BenQ.
The QDraw3 app is also available from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store and can be used wirelessly with iPad and Android devices, the company says. The interactive software is also compatible with Mac and Linux operating systems in addition to offering Windows 8 compatibility. Alternatively, it can be downloaded from the website. A license key is included in the PointDraw pen package, which is available for purchase separately from the projectors.
“By enabling tablet integration, our new short-throw projectors equipped with third-generation PointDraw technology are completely redefining any collaborative setting for more enriching experiences,” said Mitch Rauch, a BenQ associate vice president.
Both projectors can create visual arrangements for any type of presentation. With a WXGA resolution and contrast ratio of 13000:1, the MW821ST gives audiences clear images, while the 3000 American National Standards Institute lumens eliminates the need to close the curtains or turn off the lights. With its XGA native resolution, 3500 ANSI lumens, and a short throw ratio of 0.61, the MX822ST enables presentations without a PC through plug and play USB display. Both projectors also use high definition multimedia interface connectivity, which enables integration of 3D content from Blu-ray players or PCs.
To reduce power consumption, the MW821ST and MX822ST use SmartEco technology, which increases lamp life up to 6,500 and 3,500 hours respectively, the company says. By automatically adjusting lamp power, the projectors detect and use only the amount of light that is needed: Eco Blank mode will further reduce power consumption to 30 percent and no source detected mode lowers brightness to 30 percent.
The projectors also include 10-W (MW821ST) and 20-W (MX822ST) built-in speakers with audio pass-through and microphone input to replace audio systems at no extra cost. They have ultra-short-throw ratios for installation in rooms of various sizes, eliminating shadows from speakers in front of the screen. There is also an upper lamp door for easy access and maintenance, according to BenQ.