Viewsonic Announces New
Laser and LED Lifestyle Projectors
Viewsonic greeted showgoers at CES with 4 new lifestyle projectors designed for home and portable use.
LS700-4K and LS700HD
Among the offerings is the LS700-4K and LS700HD, a pair of laser-driven tabletop or ceiling mountable projectors offering the same classic projector form factor but 4K UHD resolution (3840x2160) or Full HD (1920x1080) resolution, respectively. With a 1.3x optical zoom and typical throw range of approximately 8 to 10 feet, these DLP projectors are intended for either business or home use; both boast 3,500 lumens of brightness and up to 20,000 hours of usage for the mercury-free light source. The 360-degree orientation function allows further flexibility in placement.
The LS700-4K UHD model offers support for HDR10 content. The LS700-4K further offers an integrated smart TV platform that allows the projector to directly stream content from the internet from some of the popular services. The LS700HD, meanwhile, is said to feature low input lag suitable for gaming. Both support 1080p 3D playback, and both feature ViewSonic's SuperColor technology to enhance image quality. A comprehensive jack-pack includes two HDMI ports, two RGB computer inputs and a monitor output, composite video, and both USB-A and micro-USB inputs, as well as an RS-232 serial port for control.
The LS700-4K is expected to be available this spring at a $2,199 street price.
X10-4K and X1000-4K
Viewsonic's new X Series projectors are both DLP 4K models intended for entertainment and offering up Amazon Alexa and Google Voice Assistant control as well as an integrated Smart TV platform with access to the Android Aptoide store for popular apps. These projectors have a long-lasting LED light source rated for up to 30,000 hours. Both feature Rec.709 color accuracy but with HDR content support, and each has a Frame Interpolation function to reduce motion blur. Connectivity options include HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2, USB 2.0 Type A and Type C, Audio In/Out and RJ45 Ethernet.
Beyond these similarities, the X10-4K and X1000-4K have very different form factors. Featuring an unusually compact and portable case, the short-throw X10-4K is easily pulled from storage for impromptu movie nights or transported with its convenient integrated carry handle to alternate locations. It's rated for 2,400 lumens and offers both Wi-Fi connectivity and Bluetooth that allows its integrated Harman Kardon speaker system to be used for music playback from a phone.
The X1000-4K, on the other hand, is a console-style ultra-short throw (UST) projector with a 0.25 lens for mounting directly below the screen. It offers 2,200 lumens and projects an image of up to 100 inches. Its integrated Harman Kardon soundbar goes well beyond typical projector sound systems to fill a room with high quality movie audio playback, or with music via a connected source, the built-in Wi-Fi streaming, or a Bluetooth connection.
The X10-4K is expected early this spring and priced at $1,499. The X1000-4K is due by summer, at a price of $1,799.