ACER PD112 The cheapest of the DLP models is significantly more expensive than the entry level LCD projectors and while the contrast ratio is likely to be better, it does not offer much more in the way of brightness or resolution. The InFocus X2 offers better brightness at the same cost. InFocus X2 – BEST BUY Compared to other DLP projectors at this price point the X2 offers a good brightness level of 1600 lumens. However, the noise level seems quite high when compared with similarly specified LCD devices. Toshiba S20/S21 A fairly average specification with a slightly lower brightness than the cheaper InFocus X2. Capable of producing image sizes of up to 10m, somewhat bigger than most LCD devices.[…]

Projectors have many differentiating features, but the core technology they are built around can be divided into two main types, LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) and DLP (Digital Light Processing). The two technologies have both been around for long enough to be considered fully mature, and they each have individual merits so it is useful to understand the differences in order to make an informed purchasing decision. LCD technology is the older of the two, but continues to occupy a strong position in the market in the face of strong competition from DLP. This is largely because the technology is so well established that manufacturers are able to benefit from the economies of scale that come with a system that has[…]

The digital projector market has enjoyed tremendous growth across all segments in the past twelve months. Prices have been slashed aggressively and what was once an exotic and expensive piece of display equipment is now easily affordable, and high quality devices are available at entry level prices. A spiral of increased demand and lower manufacturing costs has produced a booming market which shows no sign of slowing down in the immediate future. Erica Carver, projector product manager at Sony UK said “At the moment we are still seeing quite significant growth in the market but I think there are certain areas where that is more pronounced than other areas, certainly we are seeing a lot of growth in the education[…]

A new report from research group Quocirca (www.quocirca.com) claims that small and medium businesses in Europe are not taking sufficient precautions to safeguard their valuable digital assets. The report surveyed 200 senior SMB managers throughout Europe and found that 90 per cent of medium sized businesses use servers and internal networks, and just 3.5 per cent are not connected to the internet. A third of medium and 90 per cent of small businesses do not have an IT manager, a situation which gives rise to poor data security practices. Half of the businesses quizzed said they had not checked the security of their internet connection, or their ability to recover data from backups within the past 12 months and data[…]

A lot of offices are looking to bring printing and copying back into the office environment, so it’s not done in the print room or outsourced to the likes of pronta-print. We’re seeing lots of our bigger machines going into the office environment, probably more than I thought was going to happen. It’s the ‘want it now’ scenario I think, people don’t want to send it to the print room. A lot of increases in print and copy volumes have been generated by emails and attachments. And of course if it’s taken ten seconds to arrive at your desktop you don’t want to wait until the print room or copy shop decide to do it. So people want more and[…]

There’s a whole range of things. What we’re seeing is that those requirements vary dramatically across our customers. There is an element of design, not all of the business users are looking primarily at functionality, there is an issue of durability. They are increasingly finding that the smaller and smaller handsets are starting to be too small for some people. It really is very much horses for courses. Phonebook capacity is a being quite a big issue now, people are carrying not only their business contacts which can be several tens of hundreds, but also their personal contacts as well, so we’re looking at large 400/500+ name capacity. Cameras is an interesting thing. Some businesses are looking at the security[…]

It cost billions of pounds and took over three years to set up the network, but this month Vodafone (www.vodafone.co.uk) finally launched its third generation mobile phone service. The UK’s first commercial 3G service was launched over a year ago by new entrant, Hutchison 3G (now simply ‘3’) but this is the first 3G voice service to be launched by an established mobile network provider. The main advantage of the 3G network is that it offers far greater bandwidth than the current second generation network. This means that mobile phones can send and receive a far greater amount of data, allowing service providers to offer advanced services. The company will sell its 3G products as part of its existing Vodafone[…]

The main area of growth in the market has been the move towards what the industry calls colour capable and that’s basically as more and more people use colour in their office documents such as PowerPoint or Excel they’re seeing more of a need to print out colour in their documents. Lots of the manufacturers, Xerox canon ricoh have bought out what we call colour capable copiers which are copiers that are black and white centric but have the ability to do occasional colour if you need to. What you’re seeing is that instead of manufacturers building traditional console based copiers what they’re doing now is producing essentially printer engines with a scanner. The advantage of that is that printer[…]