Joining the three other current laser projectors its professional line—the MP-WU8701, MP-WU8801, and MP-WU9101—Maxell has released the MP-WU8101. Like the other two 8000-series projectors, the new MP-WU8101 is a 3LCD model with a native WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution. Maxell says the WU8101 will output 10,000 ANSI lumens. Light source life ranges from up to 20,000 hours in Normal and Whisper modes, 30,000 hours in Long life 1 mode, and 50,000 hours in Long life 2 mode.
There are seven optional lenses available for the MP-WU8101 (it does not ship with a lens). The standard lens—the ML713M—has a throw ratio of 1.7-2.9:1 and a focus distance from four feet all the way up to just over 123 feet. Other lens options range from the ultra-short throw fixed lens FL710M with a throw ratio of 0.38:1 to the ultra-long throw 1.7x zoom UL705M with a throw ratio of 4.7-8.1:1.
The MP-WU8101 can accept a 4K signal over one of its two HDMI (with HDCP), or its HDBaseT and the DisplayPort inputs. An HDR Detect mode automatically senses an HDR signal and adjusts the picture mode accordingly, while the HDCR2 (High Dynamic Contrast Range) adjusts image quality in bright environments. In addition to the HDMI, HDBaseT, and DisplayPort inputs the projector accommodates 3G-SDI, 15-pin mini D-sub for computer or component video signals, RCA composite video with both L/R RCA stereo or 3.5 mm for audio, and an RJ-45 for network. There's also a USB input for an optional wireless adapter. Outputs include an HDMI, 15-pin mini D-sub, and 3.5mm audio jack.
Multiple projectors can be used together with Maxell's Projector Blending Tool 3 for edge blending Projector Warping Tool for warping, both available through the Maxell website. A full 360 degrees and portrait installation is supported for flexibility.
The MP-WU8101 has a five-year, 20,000-hour warranty and is available now in white. A black model is slated to be available later in 2021.
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