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New BenQ Interactive Projectors Bring Handheld Tablet Connectivity to Classrooms and Boardrooms

Press Release  |  Jan 31, 2013

MW821ST and MX822ST Feature Third-Generation PointDraw™ Technology Offering iPad® and Android™ Tablet BYOD Integration, Plus Enhancements to PointDraw™ Pen 3.0

IRVINE, Calif. — Jan. 31, 2013 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the latest additions to its PointDraw™ line of short-throw projectors: the MW821ST and MX822ST. Supporting BenQ's third-generation PointDraw interactive projection technology, the projectors facilitate a more immersive experience in classrooms and boardrooms by enabling integration of iPad® and Android™ tablets, and greater interaction with new PointDraw Pen 3.0.

BenQ's third-generation PointDraw technology includes the new PointDraw Pen 3.0 to create more engaging presentations. Now with improved pointer accuracy and decreased lag, the optional PointDraw pen enables teachers and presenters to write on any projection surface whenever enhanced interactivity is required. The QDraw3 app is available for download from the Apple® App StoreSM or the Google Play™ Store and can be used via wireless connection with iPad and Android devices. The interactive software is also compatible with Mac® and Linux® operating systems in addition to offering tile-friendly Windows® 8 compatibility, and can be downloaded from the website. A license key is included in the PointDraw pen package, which is available for purchase separately.

"By enabling tablet integration, our new short-throw projectors equipped with third-generation PointDraw technology are completely redefining any collaborative setting for more enriching experiences," said Mitch Rauch, Associate Vice President at BenQ America Corp. "Furthermore, their simplicity eliminates any learning curve for teachers when incorporating these powerful tools into the classroom, while LAN control makes it easy for IT managers to maintain facility-wide installations; for school administrators, all of these benefits can be realized at a lower total cost of ownership."

To further enhance the teaching and collaborative experience, BenQ's optional QDraw3 software offers two different modes: Desktop and Presenter. In Desktop mode, users can present and make notes using any teaching or presentation materials. In Presenter mode, the QDraw3 app allows users to access presentation materials and add notes from anywhere in the room. Participants can also connect via their personal tablets, giving new meaning to the term "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD). For the ultimate collaboration, the interactive software can be upgraded to enable up to 40 users to connect via the QDraw3 app, allowing screen and content sharing between every person in the room.

Both the MW821ST and MX822ST projectors can create stunning visual arrangements to suit the context of any presentation. With a high WXGA resolution and superior contrast ratio of 13000:1, the MW821ST gives audiences crisp, clear images while the brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens eliminates the need to close the curtains or turn off the lights. With its XGA native resolution, 3500 ANSI lumens, and a short throw ratio of 0.61, the MX822ST further pushes performance by allowing for PC-less presentations using plug and play USB display. Both projectors also use HDMI® connectivity, which enables teachers to integrate razor-sharp 3D content from Blu-ray™ players or PCs to their lesson plans easily.

To reduce power consumption, the MW821ST and MX822ST use BenQ's SmartEco™ technology, which increases lamp life up to 6,500 and 3,500 hours respectively. By automatically adjusting lamp power, the projectors detect and use only the amount of light that is needed. An "Eco Blank" mode will further reduce power consumption to 30 percent and a "no source detected" mode automatically lowers brightness to 30 percent when no display has been detected for more than three minutes.

For IT managers, LAN maintenance is simple thanks to support for Crestron®, SNMP, PJLink®, and AMX® systems, allowing for remote management and control, and projector maintenance from workstations.

Equally useful in the boardroom, the MW821ST and MX822ST also include:

  • 10-W (MW821ST) and 20-W (MX822ST) built-in speakers with audio pass-through and microphone input to replace audio systems at no extra cost.
  • Ultra-short-throw ratios for easy installation in rooms of all sizes, eliminating shadows from speakers in front of the screen.
  • Upper lamp door for easy access and maintenance.
  • Quick cooling easily turns off the projector to wrap-up presentations more quickly.
  • Instant restart immediately reboots the projector when accidentally turned off.
  • Wired LAN (MW821ST) and wired/wireless LAN (MX822ST) display offers simultaneous or partial display option for better content management.

    The MW821ST is available now at an MSRP of $1,399, while the MX822ST will be available in March at an MSRP of $2,599. The short-throw projectors can be purchased standalone or as interactive packages. The full interactive projector package, including one PointDraw 3.0 pen and QDraw3 software, retails for $1,599 with the MW821ST and $2,799 with the MX822ST. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at

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    About BenQ America Corp.

    BenQ America Corp. is a leading innovator of digital lifestyle products, providing an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company offers a broad range of projectors and monitors for any application and market — education, home, gaming, corporate, government, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, 3D-ready projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

    The BenQ digital lifestyle stands as a cornerstone of the company's mission of "Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with engineering. It is this commitment that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand worldwide, as well as the No. 1 name in short-throw projectors.