Compaq MP2800

The Compaq MP2800 projector is one of the smallest projectors available on the market and provides maximum portability for the corporate traveller, without compromising on superb picture quality or feature set.

The MP2800 uses digital light processing (DLP) technology to project its images and features a brightness level that peaks close to 1000 ANSI Lumens. It supports a native resolution of 1024x768 (1280x1024 maximum) that looks spectacular on the boardroom wall - or on the living room wall. Home theatre buffs should take note of this little unit, which supports HDTV.

Made of magnesium, the MP2800 is light, but very solid in feel. It barely tips the scales as far as projectors go - weighing a mere 1.3kg. This bodes well for the frequent traveller, as the whole unit can fit into a bag no bigger than that used for carrying a notebook computer.

The MP2800 is also perfect for the globetrotter with a tight and demanding schedule. It features a power supply that will automatically adapt itself to the household mains voltage of almost any country in the world - so there is no need to fiddle with manual settings and risk electrical damage (all you need is the right converter plug). A two-year warranty is standard with the unit, valid worldwide; the projector's bulb is covered by a 90-day period. The bulb is user changeable, and in the event of a burn-out during a presentation, can even be replaced while the unit is still hot.

In terms of user-friendliness, this unit is at the top of the class. With the implementation of key technologies such as AutoSync and Plug and Play, you don't have to fiddle with installation disks to get the unit recognised by the operating system, nor adjust settings to get the image to display properly. You just plug it in and away you go. In the event that you do need to adjust the brightness or keystone of the image, all you need do is navigate the projector's on-screen menu using three simple buttons on the top of the unit. You will also find management features in this menu that can control power saving settings as well as give bulb usage information. Focus and zoom (1.2x) can be controlled from the lens itself.

The MP2800 features pretty much all the connectivity you will ever want to know about. VGA, S-Video, RCA, DVI and even audio input ports are present (an 8W speaker is built into the projector). A remote control that can control your computer through the projector, via a USB attachment and supplied software, is also included, so you don't have to be sitting right next to your computer in order to flip to the next slide, for example. This control also houses a very useful laser to help you get your point across.

Compaq MP2800

Price: $9995; Phone: 13 2393; http:\\www.compaq.com.au

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