Sony VPL-CS1

Sony has clearly held ease of use in mind. This is evident from the simple-to- navigate interface to the numerous default signal settings. For example, the ad-vanced APA (Auto Pixel Alignment) means that problems - such as your projection's edges or area not being quite straight - can be fixed at the touch of a button by restoring optimal settings. With the aid of the USB Projector Station software and the bundled infrared remote, the VPL-CS1 becomes fully controllable from a computer; files can even be opened from the remote alone. For on-the-road presentations, there are two built-in 0.5W stereo speakers.

Most importantly, how-ever, the connectivity provisions are excellent. The various inputs include composite video, S-Video, VGA-in (from a computer's video output) and RGB. Supported video formats include NTSC, PAL, SECAM and the derivatives thereof.

Shipping with a VGA cable, soft carry case, software and the remote unit, the VPL-CS1 is ideal for travelling executives who give professional presentations, or educational institutions wishing to do the same. The VPL-CS1 is finished in a stylish silver and purple design, and, despite the sapphire glass used in the polariser to reduce heat, it tended to run a little hot when we put the unit through its paces.

Sony offers optional extras, such as a remote with a laser pointer and Macintosh adapters, which all help broaden the unit's appeal. The VPL-CS1 is also priced competitively against its peers and remains one of the better projection devices seen to date.

Sony VPL-CS1

Price: $5555

Supplier: Sony Australia

Phone: 1800 017 669

URL: www.sony.com.au/projectors

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