Optoma launches ultra-wide short throw laser projector

Optoma has announced the latest addition to its ultra-short throw product range – the ZH300UW.

Based on laser-phosphor technology, the ZH300UW is designed for business, education and specialist AV applications.
Featuring a solid-state laser-phosphor light engine instead of a traditional projector lamp, the ZH300UW produces a brightness of 3,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. It has a life expectancy of up to 20,000 hours.

Due to the solid-state light engine, the projector is able to operate in unusual positions, including portrait and downward projection. The first of these options produces the possibility of tall, narrow images - particularly suitable for digital signage in retail environments – while the latter enables projection onto a floor, valuable for museums and visitor centres.

The projector’s native resolution is 1920 x 720 pixels, with a 16:6 aspect ratio, is able to exactly accommodate two 4:3 images in a side-by-side format. For video conferencing installations, both sides of the conversation could be displayed by a single projector.

The projector features an ultra-short throw lens which has a 0.25:1 projection ratio, meaning that a 120-in image can be delivered from a throw distance of 72cm.

The projector includes TouchBeam technology for a fully interactive experience. TouchBeam uses a built-in camera coupled with a laser module to detect the touch of several people. Charts and diagrams can be annotated using a finger, with no need for an electronic whiteboard or pen.

The ZH300UW has two HDMI inputs, one of which supports MHL for the connection of mobile devices and smartphones. Two VGA inputs, composite video and audio inputs are provided, and the projector can also accept an input from a dynamic microphone. It also has an on-board 10-watt speaker.

For businesses and schools that have multiple projectors, the ZH300UW is fully compatible with Crestron, AMX and Extron systems, enabling network control.

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