These days, schools and colleges are vastly different from the ones we attended back in the 80s. The iconic blackboard is fast losing its relevance; in its place an interactive whiteboard is finding more use by teachers and students for knowledge sharing and making presentations—thus making learning fun and engaging. This is basically a large interactive display that connects to a computer. A projector projects the computer’s desktop onto the board’s surface where users control the computer using a pen, finger, stylus, or other device. Using multimedia to get their message across is the key word here.
Of late, private and government agencies have also found projectors useful in making briefings and informing people of information at meetings and more. From bars and restaurants to even clubs, a projector is being used instead of a large screen TV. The projector can project even the most mundane television show on a large screen or even the wall. This is normally less expensive than buying a large screen TV, but does an impressive job of presenting sporting events and movies.
A new range of projectors from Ricoh promise to take this engagement to the next level. The Japanese firm’s interactive ultra-short throw projectors are a new advancement in the projection category which allows a bright and colourful big screen without managing the cables. The range comprises of three new projector models—(basic) Ricoh PJWX4141, (network) PJWX4141N and (interactive) PJWX4141Ni. We got the PJWX4141N for a review, let us check it out for the simple reason that projectors are fast gaining acceptance in the marketplace.
Weighing only 3 kg, the PJWX4141N is portable, light in weight and its carries a hefty price tag of Rs 1,00,000. It measures 257 x 144 x 221 mm in body dimensions and can easily be moved from room to room or taken off-site. Easy operation and a quick start of three seconds makes it ideal for impromptu team meetings, as well as more formal presentations. Ricoh even ships it with a soft carrying case. That makes it a particularly attractive choice if you need to give interactive presentations on the go.
Setting up the PJWX4141N is fairly straight forward, though i would recommend a user to use the Menu options. It allows the presenter to connect wirelessly from various devices such as laptop or an iPad. It also supports projection of PDFs and JPEG images through a flash drive/USB. This projector comes with cutting-edge innovations, including network connectivity, remote management and optional interactive features.
The viewing experience: I played few videos from YouTube and even let my brother use it for some BSE-related stock information and the PJWX4141N did a good job handling colour in the images, with saturated, eye-catching colour in all predefined modes. The projector maintained sharp focus across the screen, which was basically a white board. It has a 1,024,000 pixels (1,280 x 800) resolution, panel size of 0.65 inch, 16:10 aspect ration and brightness of 3,300 lumen, plus projection screen size measures 48 inch to 80 inch.
In my summary, I feel that the PJWX4141N projector can be used to show live sporting events, films and other prerecorded information in bars and restaurants. It even offers a lot to schools and colleges, and even corporate conference rooms. Like I said, it is a strong contender for anyone who can make good use of it.