Present online with Sanyo's PLC-XP56 LAN projector
Tiny three-pound microprojectors make sense for those who spend as much time traveling as giving presentations, but these lightweights run out of steam in large rooms with big screens to fill. For them, you need a heavyweight projector, such as Sanyo's PLC-XP56, which is one of the brightest projectors in its class and, with a $699 attachment, can project images off a corporate LAN to lower the anxiety of roving presenters. With an expected street price of $6,000 (it lists for $9,995), its colors aren't as accurate as we'd like, but it's worth the cost if you need a bright image and sharp focus.
Measuring 6.6 inches high by 12.6 inches wide by 16.9 inches deep and weighing just over 20 pounds, the Sanyo PLC-XP56 is about the size and the weight of a carry-on suitcase. The boxy silver body will fit well in any business conference room, and the pull-out handle allows you to lug it around as needed. You can set it up on a desk or mount it to the ceiling.
The back of the Sanyo PLC-XP56 has a large plug board for connecting a variety of computers and A/V equipment. The inputs include those for analog, digital, S-Video, composite-video, and component-video signals. The machine has a pair of audio minijack inputs and a serial port, but it comes with only VGA and AC cords, so you'll have to round up the other cables on your own. Although the PLC-XP56 also has projection modes for movies, graphics, and just about every parameter, its standard mode will suffice for most business uses. Inside the projector are three 1.3-inch XGA active-matrix panels and sophisticated optics that can fill a 48-foot-diagonal screen with a very bright image. The PLC-XP56 can project a 4:3 aspect ratio as well as a wide-screen 16:9.