December 1, 1999
The mobile presenter market is the hottest niche in the digital projector industry. Vendors have been hard at work to reduce the size, weight, and cost of projectors, and increase their light output at the same time.
Lightweight projectors for the mobile presentation market fall into two categories of resolution-SVGA (800 x 600), and XGA (1,024 x 768). This report focuses on the twenty smallest and lightest SVGA products. A similar report examining the smallest and lightest XGA products will be published shortly.
SVGA projectors are excellent for most sales and training presentations in which there are not a lot of small details in the material presented. Images that consist of bar graphs, pie charts, bullet items, and so forth are presented very effectively on SVGA machines. The big advantage of SVGA projectors, as a class, is that they are much less expensive than their XGA counterparts.
As of December 1, 1999, the twenty lightest and smallest SVGA machines that are either announced and scheduled to commence shipping or currently in production are the following:
|Model||ANSI Lumens||Weight (lbs.)|
|Lightware Scout 2000||500||4.8|
|Dukane ImagePro 7700||500||5.3|
|NEC MultiSync LT84||700||5.5|
|Epson Powerlite 500c||800||5.8|
The Originals and the Private Labels
Within this list of twenty products, there are actually twelve unique projector products. Each of the remaining eight are one of the twelve being remarketed under a different label. The original manufacturers that have set up private label remarketing agreements are these:
- The Lightware Scout is manufactured by Lightware and is also marketed by Dukane as the ImagePro 7700.
- The Plus U2-870 is manufactured by Plus. NEC remarkets this product with its own electronics as the Multisync LT84.
- The InFocus LP400 is manufactured by InFocus, and is private labeled by Boxlight as the CD-40m.
- The InFocus LP425z is manufactured by InFocus. It also available under two other labels, the Kodak DP900, and the Boxlight CD-450m.
- The Sanyo PLC-SU10N is manufactured by Sanyo. It is also sold by Boxlight as the CP-10t.
- The Sanyo PLC-SU07N is manufactured by Sanyo, and is remarketed by Proxima as the LS1, and by Eiki as the LC-NB1UW.