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Nextar Z10 Palm-sized LCOS Micro Projector

Nextar Z10 Palm-sized LCOS Micro Projector

Nextar Z10 Palm-sized LCOS Micro Projector


  • Product Name: Z10
  • Manufacturer: Nextar
  • Review Date: January 09, 2009 03:30
  • MSRP: $299.99 ($39.99 for screen)
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Executive Overview

Nextar is introducing an LCOS micro projector (the Z10), that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They are also producing a diminutive 20” diagonal screen (the PS-001) which will perfectly match the potential of this mini projector. The duo makes it easier and more economical for more people to make quality, professional presentations on the road.

With AC (wall) and DC (battery) operation, the Nextar micro projector and screen weigh in at under 2.5 pounds and can be used virtually anywhere. With a combined SRP of under $350, they are a compelling pair that redefines the portable projector class. The Nextar Z10 LCOS front-projecting micro projector will display images with a resolution up to 640x480 in a 4:3 aspect ratio. The unit has a brightness level of between 7 and 12 lumens, which means a 20-inch screen is about the max you'll get with any visibility. A 360-degree lens shift capability with manual adjust delivers accurate image positioning and the LED light source gives a life expectancy of 30,000 hours. It accepts Micro SD cards and comes equipped with a built-in speaker.

Inputs and sources include Micro SD, TF card, L/R audio, USB, and an ear jack for output. Video compatibility is provided for AVI, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, RM/RMVB, ASF, FLV, and WMV9/VC1. Audio compatibility includes MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, APE, ALAC, and MPEG1/2/2.5. Picture compatibility is for images in BMP, JPEG, or GIF formats. Other features include MP4 functionality, software support for English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian, and either AC or DC low-power-consumption operation. A mini-tripod stand is included to provide stable projecting.

The palm-size Nextar Z10 projector measures 4.13” x 2.32” x 1.0” and weighs approximately one pound. The PS-001 screen measures 18.89” x 1.57” x 15.7” opened and 18.9” x 1.57” x 1.2” folded. It weighs approximately 1.3 pounds. Provided accessories include an AC power adaptor, battery, audio cable, S-video and USB cables. The Z10 meets FCC and UL approval.

The two new Nextar presentation units will be available in Spring 2009 at leading retailers across the country. The Z10 micro projector has an SRP of $299.99, The PS-001 portable screen has an SRP of $39.99.

For more information please visit www.nextar.com.

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