With a brightness range of 4,500 to 6,000 lumens, and a choice of WUXGA (1920×1200) or WXGA (1280×800) resolutions, the PT-VMZ50 Series features “Solid Shine” laser technology. Panasonic claims this technology enables 20,000 hours of consistent brightness and accurate colour
All projectors in the range feature 1.6x zoom lenses for short throw-distances, which works well for close range projection. The projectors support wide V/H lens-shift to achieve flexible installation in limited spaces where multiple screens are required in one room. This allows participants to share documents or videos on a big, bright screen even in small classes, conferences, work groups and discussions.
“Panasonic’s history of innovation continues with the expansion of our new series of high brightness portable LCD laser projectors,” says Scott Wellington, Projector Senior Product Manager, Panasonic Imaging and Visual Systems. “The new PT-VMZ50 Series sets a new standard in portable LCD laser projectors. Its small, compact and lightweight body make it easy to move from classroom to classroom, or between various meeting rooms, without sacrificing clear, crisp, vivid images. Our new portable laser projectors will enhance any classroom and meeting room experience by delivering great picture quality, flexible installation and reliable operation.”
Additional versatility is made possible with several features that have been built into the PT-VMZ50 Series, including 4K signal input via HDMI and Panasonic’s DIGITAL LINK connection, based on HDBase-T, which transmits video, audio, and control signals through a LAN cable for distances of up to 150 metres.
Wireless projection gives users the ability to share documents or images from their own devices regardless of seating location and without cable hassle, while the PT-VMZ50 Series laser light-source cuts the time needed to quickly display images after switching on the projector. This Quick Start/Quick Off feature makes it possible to project images in just one second from Standby so the presentation can start immediately.
The PT-VMZ50 Series of portable LCD laser projectors will be available March 2019.
Microsoft Surface Hub 2 – 85″ panel for workspaces
Microsoft has unveiled an 85-inch model of its Surface Hub 2 interactive wall display, much larger than the original model. The product is aimed at businesses that want a smarter collaborative board.
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Microsoft’s Chief of Surface, Panos Panay, introduced the new 85-inch model at Microsoft’s Surface Event in New York this week, and briefly showed it between two of the Surface 2S 50-inch panels.
The panel is likely to include features of the 2S, including a removable cartridge that will be upgraded next year. This will allow businesses to upgrade their computers with a new CPU, RAM, and GPU, and won’t have to replace the expensive display panel.
Pricing and regional availability has not yet been announced, but the company says it’ll be available in 2020.
Xbox One S – All Digital Edition
Putting the first nail in the coffin of physical media, Microsoft has launched a disc-less version of its Xbox One S. It also saved the company on the costs of embedding optical disc drives.
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In efforts to make gamers ditch the discs, Microsoft’s Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is being sold with the premise of building a library of digital games in the cloud. This way, players can take their cloud saves on the go, and enjoy the ability to preorder and pre-install upcoming games so they’re ready to play the moment they launch. The console comes with three games preinstalled: Minecraft, Sea of Thieves, and Forza Horizon 3.
The Xbox Game Pass subscription allows for a Netflix-style of gaming, where one can play games from a large library of games for as long as one has an active subscription. This seems to be a response to Google Stadia’s gaming platform.
Apart from the disc drive, it comes with all the features of the original Xbox One S, including 4K gaming, HDR support, Dolby Atmos spatial audio output, and a 1TB hard drive.
The console will launch on 7 May and is available for preorder now on Microsoft’s website. The recommended retail price is $250 in the US, while local pricing and available has yet to be announced.