ViewSonic PJD2121 Pico-Projector and WPG-350 WiFi-n video streamer launch

ViewSonic have outed a couple of new projector systems, the PJD2121 pico-projector and the WPG-350 presentation gateway.  The former is a 720p/1080i capable mini-projector which can throw a 60-inch image, while the latter hooks up to any projector or display with a VGA port and funnels presentations (up to 1024 x 768) or 1080p video via WiFi b/g/n from a nearby laptop or PC.

The PJD2121 measures 8.1 x 4.7 x 2.6 inches and tips the scales at 2.16lbs; it's capable of 800 x 600 SVGA resolution, with 1,800:1 contrast ratio and 400 ANSI lumens brightness.  While there's no battery option, you do get an "Off to Go" function which instantly shuts the projector down, ready to transport, with no damage risk to the lamp.

As for the WPG-350, that resembles a standard WiFi gateway, but has VGA and audio outputs (and an IR input) for hooking up to a display screen or projector.  Software is required on the controlling PC in order to connect, but once installed it's apparently an easy matter for up to four wireless presenters to connect at once.  An IR remote is also controlled.

The ViewSonic PJD2121 is available now, priced at $449; meanwhile the WPG-350 is available at $199.

Press Release:

ViewSonic's Mini Pico Projector Combines Portability and Image Quality for On-the-Go Performance

Visual display leader expands projection lineup with ultra portable DLP projector and wireless presentation gateway offerings

WALNUT, Calif. –(Business Wire)– Aug 26, 2009 ViewSonic® Corp., a leading global provider of visual display products, today announced the expansion of its projection lineup with the availability of its smallest DLP projector to date, the PJD2121. The company also announced the WPG-350 wireless presentation gateway, a cost-effective solution for any meeting room. Both of these products provide an impressive combination of capabilities within small packages, making them perfect for those not wanting to be tied down by their projection technology.

PJD2121 – short throw DLP pico projector

At a mere 2.2 pounds, the PJD2121 is an advanced ultra-portable DLP projector built with BrillantColor™ technology. The PJD2121 delivers 400 lumens and an 800x600 SVGA native resolution, making it among the brightest projectors available in its class. Partnered with a contrast ratio of 1,800:1, this device produces the high brightness and contrast needed for virtually any lighting environment.

Designed for tabletop personal use or for small meeting rooms, this projector's short 1:1 throw ratio makes it ideal for displaying images 60" or greater from as little as four feet away. The PJD2121's convenient 'Off to Go' function allows the road warrior or presenter on-the-go to power down instantly without fear of damaging the lamp. The convenient bottom load lamp and filter-less design provide for easy maintenance and a lower total cost of ownership. To help protect your mobile investment, the PJD2121 also features a Kensington security lock port.

The PJD2121 pico projector is backed by an industry-leading three-year limited parts and labor warranty, plus one-year on the lamp, and the first year of Express Exchange® service, as well as 24/7 customer support to ensure buyer satisfaction.

The PJD2121 is currently available for an ESP of $449. Additional purchase details and specs can be found here.

WPG-350 – wireless presentation gateway

ViewSonic's WPG-350 presentation gateway brings wireless connectivity to any projector, LCD TV or large screen display. For a fraction of the cost of an embedded wireless projector, the WPG-350 enables users to wirelessly display notebook or desktop PC-based presentations on any display device with a VGA port.

This device supports resolutions up to 1024x768 and full-motion video up to 1080p for displaying crisp, clear detail. For fast animations and slide transitions and easy presenter changes without the swapping of cables, the WPG-350 features 802.11b/g/n hi-speed wireless connectivity. Software drivers can be installed directly from the unit in minutes as well so there is no need to install devices prior to meetings.

The WPG-350 wireless presentation gateway is currently available at an ESP of $199. Additional product information and specs can be found here.

"Consumers and business users alike want to experience dynamic, interactive content in the most effortless way possible," said Jeff Volpe, vice president and general manager of ViewSonic North America. "These new professional quality, compact additions to our extensive projection product line offer the latest in mobile presentation technology for our customer that is constantly on-the-go."