NEC has announced the UM383WL, a new ultra-short throw projector for the education and business market that is available this month at a price of $1,849.
The UM383WL takes advantage of an unusual light source: It uses the HLD (high lumen density) LED solid-state light engine to deliver a bright output of 3,800 lumens, making it one of a handful of projectors that puts the HLD technology in an ultra-short throw package. As with more commonly used laser light sources, the HLD engine requires no maintenance and has a life of 20,000 hours.
With a throw ratio of 0.27-0.29:1, the UM383WL can project a 130-inch diagonal at less than 3 feet from the screen. UST projectors like this are increasingly popular for educational or business applications as they allow the teacher or presenter to stand by the screen without getting light in their eyes or casting a distracting shadow on the projected image.
Native resolution for the UM383WL is WXGA (1280 x 800) with a maximum possible resolution of 1920 x 1200 using NEC's Advanced Accublend technology. There's zoom, manual lens shift and digital keystone correction to make sure the image is set up properly. Two 10W stereo speakers are built-in for audio playback.
There are two HDMI ports with HDCP, a USB port for memory or displaying jpg images, and VGA and RCA for analog video. For audio input there is an RCA stereo pair and a 3.5mm stereo jack to connect audio from a computer. Audio can be output through another 3.5mm stereo jack.
The NEC UM383WL is available as a stand-alone unit or bundled with the NP06WK1 wall mount for $1,949. The projector has a 5-year limited warranty that covers parts and labor, and includes NEC's InstaCare next business day exchange program.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our NEC UM383WL projector page.