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The Sony VPL-HS1 projector, for the office or home user



I’m sure you have all seen a presentation at one stage or other and have noticed the move away from school technology – overhead projectors are just not used anymore. Data projectors are in vogue. And for good reason ‚ software presentations are slick, colourful, animated and can even include sound.

Yes, just plug it onto the mains, hook up your VCR or DVD player to it, grab a bowl of popcorn and settle in for a night of movies. When you first use it, you will have to adjust the lens to get a sharp image and if you’ve put it at an angle to where you are projecting the image you will need to make some minor adjustments to the Keystone properties.

Very easy. You use the control to change the settings and the menu is dead easy to navigate. The projector has a couple of pre-sets programmed into it which can be selected to suite your entertainment area or office and if you feel the need you can create your own pre-set and store it. Displaying images from your Memory Stick is also simple. Just stick the card in, change your input to Memory Stick and hit the display button. If you want you can set up a slide show with transition effects and all.

Its advertised as a tool for both business and play. Well you can use it as a data projector in meetings to display anything from graphs to text to presentations and you can even use it as a computer display. At home you can use it project movies, your Playstation games and television programmes. All in all yes, it does do what it says it can do and more.

Big screen TVs or rear projection units can set you back between R20 000 to R250 000 depending on your set. These units require a huge amount of space and are hellishly heavy. At R40 000 you can have the best of both worlds, a unit you can carry around in one hand that weighs no more than 4kgs and can be stored safely in most cupboards. So yes, we think it is value for money.

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