We can thank the CEDIA expo for all the new home theater projectors and other gear that have been announced this week. NEC has unveiled a pair of new projectors for users on a budget that want home theater capability along with multimedia functionality. The projectors include the NP110 and the NP215.
Truth be told, 19" monitors seem to be an ancient past-time, only talked about in hushed whispers, amongst technophiles joking about their parent's sloppy PC setup. Sure, there's a niche for the smaller screen sizes, and it looks like NEC wants to slide right into that spot. They've got a new LCD monitor set to hit shelves some times this month, and it's got some pretty interesting aspects to it that might grab the attention of any working professional out there.
There are so many uses for projectors from boring presentations at school or the office to the much more fun like big screen gaming or football games. No matter what you are using a projector for, it has to be appropriate for the environment it will be used in. Big venues are especially demanding on projectors with the need for a very bright device.
NEC have announced that they will be supporting Moblin-based mobile devices and in-car PNDs with WiMAX functionality. The company already develops WiMAX mobile broadband modules and has recently unveiled a battery-powered WiMAX router; this new announcement will see Intel's open-source Moblin OS get native support for the high-speed wireless technology.
We knew NEC's VersaPro J UltraLite VS netbook was slim - how else could the company justify the fat price tag? - but even the teardown we saw back in May didn't quite convey quite how skinny the Atom Z540 ultraportable really is. Thankfully Akihabara News have righted that situation, being in the enviable position of having the 15.8mm thick netbook in to play with.
NEC have announced a new netbook, the LaVie Light Lui Mobile, an Atom N280 machine with the usual 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display. There's nothing much to differentiate this from the sea of other Atom netbooks, frankly; the best you'll get is NEC's own Lui Remote Desktop system, basically a branded VNC client.
NEC's huge CRV43 LCD display - which offers a gently curving 43-inch 2,880 x 900 resolution panel - has finally got a release date and price, though don't expect much change from $8k. Intended for graphic designers and command/control users, the CRV43 runs at double-WGXA resolution and connects with a single DVI-D or HDMI 1.3 connector.
Could someone please ping NEC and remind them that we're drowning in Tegra, Ion and Snapdragon loveliness at Computex and Intel's Atom N270 simple won't cut it any more? NEC have announced a new netbook series, the LaVie Light BL300, using the N280 processor and a choice of HDD or SSD.
The life of a super-skinny netbook is never straightforward. Just when you think you're set for a simple photoshoot, with journalists pawing at your 15.8mm chassis, along come Tech-On! and perform an impromptu teardown. That's been the fate of the NEC VersaPro VS, the Intel Atom Z540 based 10.2-inch netbook we saw earlier this week.
Breakdown gallery after the cut