Projectors have evolved dramatically over the years, and Casio’s 2010 launch of their lamp-free range revolutionised the industry. Mercury lamps have caused issues in the past including requirements to change lamps and filters, brightness degradation and environmental damage. The introduction of lamp-free projection solutions reduced or eliminated the majority of these.
Casio have spent six years refining the range and 2016 sees the fifth generation hit the shelves, with three new models in both the core and advances series with a fantastic range of benefits. Both the ranges boast up to 3,500 ANSI lumens, 1.5 x optical zoom for easy install, are available with XGA and WXGA resolution, and have improved colour.
Casio’s lamp-free light source offers a lifespan of up to 20,000 hours, eliminating the need for lamp replacement and reducing electricity consumption to around half that of a mercury lamp. Because of all these benefits, it means that the total cost of ownership for these new models is much less than a traditional mercury lamp projector.
Both series models have a dust resistant design. Internal components are structured into three blocks, which shields the optical block from dust. This ensures that projection brightness isn’t compromised, brightness stays at optimum levels, and the projector can operate consistently for a long period of time.
In addition to the fantastic features on both ranges that come as standard, the advanced series has 2 HDMI inputs that can be used to power other devices, and a powered USB.
The new projectors reach maximum brightness in as little as five seconds from switch on, eliminating waiting time that is needed while a mercury lamp warms up. They also feature an immediate power off switch, and can be used again instantly when switched back on without needing to cool down in between. There is an Instant Light Control the projection brightness to be adjusted by keys on the projector itself, or by remote control. Furthermore, the Advanced Series has an additional selling point- Intelligent Light Control. These projectors automatically sense ambient light, and adjust projection brightness accordingly.
Joe Gillio, Senior Director of Strategic Planning and Marketing of Casio’s Business Projector division championed the new range, saying “We are pleased to be at the forefront of the industry in bringing unprecedented value to users with the new Advanced series. As our expansion continues and technology enhances, we are able to introduce feature rich next generation Laser and LED light source projectors that have increased total cost of ownership”.
Despite the amazing features and enhanced usability of the new projectors there is also another important factor to consider- the environment. By discontinuing the use of mercury and cutting down on power consumption, CO2 emissions will be reduced too. So a more effective product delivering a superior result that is easier to use and far more economical, and also better for the environment- what’s not to love?