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Toshiba's Wireless Projector

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Toshiba TLP-T501U Projector Toshiba TLP-T501U
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400:1 Contrast Ratio
1600 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
The most unique feature of the T501 is its document camera. Although most presentation materials are readily available in digital form on a computer, what gathering of people hasn't had the need to share a document or small object for discussion? Toshiba recognized this need some time ago and became the first manufacturer to integrate a document camera with a projector.

What does this have to do with wireless projection you ask? Probably nothing. But we thought it might be interesting to see how a document camera played into the wireless presentation environment.

Basic Features of the T501

This projector uses 3 polysilicon TFT-LCDs with a native resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels (XGA) and video scaling hardware to handle image sources of up to 1600 x 1200 pixels (UXGA). The unit is rated at 1600 ANSI lumens with 400:1 contrast in a 9-pound package that includes the document camera. The lamp has an economy mode that reduces its lumen output to 1200 ANSI lumens. This mode lengthens the lamp life 25% (2000 hours to 2500 hours) and reduces the projector noise from 35dB to 32dB.

The unit supports 2 RGB inputs for use with a computer or a component video source and a monitor connection for local viewing. It includes all the popular video sources including 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, component video, and S-Video. A 1.25 manual zoom lens with automatic keystone correction makes for easy setup.

The remote control includes a laser pointer and controls for accessing all the features of the projector except the camera. It may also be used as a wireless mouse by attaching the supplied mouse receiver to a computer.

Its PC Card slot can support a memory card or wireless 802.11b Wi-Fi; however, the slot cannot be used for a wired connection such as an Ethernet card.

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the T501 is $5,199 and includes an 802.11b Wi-Fi card for the projector. The optional memory card may be purchased separately. You will need to purchase additional Wi-Fi cards for each of your wireless users and Toshiba recommends, as most manufacturers do, that the cards be the same as the Wi-Fi card provided with the unit. If the camera is not an important consideration for you, the TLP-T500 is the T501 without the document camera and is $904 less. The T500 weighs in at 1.6 fewer pounds and is 2.5 inches shorter than the T501.

If more brightness is your wish, Toshiba offers the TLP-T701 (camera) and TLP-T700 (no camera) with 2000 ANSI lumens. The extra 400 lumens will cost you $500 more at MSRP. Aside from brightness, the T700 series is identical to the T500 series.

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