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SI Debuts Wireless (Including Power) Motorised Screens

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Screen Innovations (SI) launches the Solo motorised screen at ISE 2018-- a screen the company says requires zero wiring, with power coming from a lithium core motor.

SI SoloThe Solo is charged via proprietary magnetic core SI claims provides over 2 years of life with a single charge. ISE 2018 hosts two variations of the Solo screen. The first, Solo, comes in a clear anodised cassette and is shown in a 100-inch configuration.

The second, Solo Pro, can be ordered in 12 different designer-selected colours and in low-voltage. At ISE it seen in a Ferrari red cassette colour and suspended on aircraft-grade cables.

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BenQ Intros CineHome HT2050A Projector

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BenQ announces the CineHome HT2050A-- a 1080p home entertainment projector upgrade of the HT2050 featuring a 6x speed RGBRGB colour wheel able to achiever over 96% Rec. 709 accuracy with CinematicColor technology.

BenQ projectorThe HT2050A is 3D-capable, and comes equipped with two 10W CinemaMaster Audio+ speakers for deeper audio. Low 16.67ms input lag and a special Game Mode make the projector ideal for gaming, while a pair of HDMI ports (HDMI x1, HDMI/MHL x1) allow the connection of a Google Chromecast, Roku or Amazon Fire TV. MHL connectivity allows the streaming of HD content from any MHL-enabled mobile device.

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Sony Intros LSPX-A1 Ultra Short Throw Projector

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CES 2018 has Sony show off a high-end 4K ultra short throw projector-- the LSPX-A1, a projector the company claims provides nothing less than a "truly transformative cinematic experience."

Sony projectorThe LSPX-A1 is designed to sit close to the walls, and is able to project a 120-inch image from a distance of 24cm. Projected images are at native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) and come complete with HDR and 2500 lumens peak brightness. It should be compatible with any 4K content source, be it a connected device or 4K Blu-ray players.

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Vivitek Presents HK2288 Budget 4K Projector

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Vivitek launches a compact 4K UHD projector option-- the HK2288, built around a recently developed TI 0.66-inch 4K DLP DMD chip able to generate 8.3 million individual pixels.

Vivitek HK2288The projector also offers DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor refinements for optimal black levels. Meanwhile eXpanded Pixel Resolution (XPR) technology uses 4.15 million (2716x1528) mirrors capable of switching over 9000 times per second to deliver two discrete pixels for each mirror per frame, reformulated through video processing to map and reproduce a native 4K image.

The result, according to Vivitek, fully resolves a 4K 1-pixel line pattern and "is indistinguishable from native 4K projection-- unlike pixel-shifting techniques employing standard 1080p chips."

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BenQ Intros Affordable CineHome HT2550 Projector

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BenQ launches an entry-level 4K UHD projector-- the CineHome HT2550, a single-chip DLP number promising to hit 96% Rec 709 colour gamut, together with native 3840 x 2160 resolution.

BenQ HT2550The projector uses 0.47-inch single-DMD-chip DLP technology together with BenQ CinematicColor technology and an RGBRGB colour wheel to hit 96% coverage of Rec. 709 colour gamut. In total it can push 8.3 million distinctive pixels, with 2200 ANSI lumens brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio.

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Optoma Produces 4K Projection With UHZ65

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Optoma presents a residential laser 4K projector option-- the UHZ65, a laser-based projector able to produce 4K images as large as 14-inch from just 3.3m distance.

Optoma UHZ65The UHZ65 carries a laser-phosphor light engine producing up to 3000 lumens of brightness and contrast levels reaching 2000000:1 with Dynamic Black enabled. A Texas Instruments (TI) 4K DLP UHD chipset includes XPR processing to display 8.3 million pixels, while PureMotion image processing technology eliminates noise, motion blur and judder in fast-motion video.

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Epson Launches EH-LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw Projector

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Epson takes the short-throw projector category to the home market with the EH-LS100, a laser-powered ultra-short-throw (UST) projector promising flexible installation options and images of up to 130-inch.

Epson EH-LS100The EH-LS100 can be placed just 6cm away from a wall or screen to project a 70-inch WUXGA resolution image, with a bit more of throw distance allowing for larger images. A combination of 3LCD technology and White and Colour Light Output (CLO) of 4000 luments allow it to handle high-ambient light conditions, while Detail Enhancement provides smoother and sharper images. Contrast ratio stands at 2500000:1.

Connectivity comes through x3 HDMI inputs (including x1 MHL), while control comes through either RJ45 connection or wifi connectivity via optional ELPAP10 adapter. Both options allow one to control the projector via smart device and companion iProjection app. Built-in 16W speakers provide sound.

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