Sharp/NEC Display Solutions has upgraded their PE Series with the announcement of two new projectors for classroom and business applications—the PE506UL and PE506WL. They are 3LCD laser phosphor light source projectors that use 0.64-inch chips. The laser light source in each is rated for 5,200 lumens of brightness and a life of at least 20,000 hours.
Where the two projectors differ is in their resolution and throw. The PE506UL has a native WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution, a 1.6x manual zoom and throw ratio of 1.22-1.98:1. It's capable of projecting an image up to 300-inch diagonal. For full throw distance possibilities, check the Sharp NEC PE506UL Projector Throw Distance Calculator. The PE560WL, on the other hand, is a WXGA (1280x800) projector with a 1.75x zoom and 1.2-2.1:1 throw ratio (its throw distance can be determined with the ProjectorCentral Sharp NEC PE560WL Projector Throw Distance Calculator).
Both projectors can accept signals up to 4K UHD resolution (3840x2160). They have two HDMI 1.4b inputs with HDCP, VGA in and out, and an analog stereo mini-jack in and out. For external control , there's RS-232 and a LAN connector. The PE506WL is the marginally smaller and lighter of the two measuring 5.4 x 15.9 x 14.1 inches (HWD) at 17.3 pounds. The PE506UL measures 5.4 x 15.9 x 14.7 inches (HWD) and 17.5 pounds.
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Both come with a 5-year parts and labor warranty that includes InstaCare next-day business exchange. The PE506WL has a price of $2,159 while the PE506UL is $2,485.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our NEC PE506UL projector page.