Toshiba's doing a pico projector, too

Toshiba's $599.99 TDP-F10U Mobile LED Projector is a compact DLP pico projector billed as a notebook companion.

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Toshiba's TDP-F10U Mobile LED Projector will be available in March for $599.99. Toshiba

Several companies, including Toshiba, are showing off compact DLP pico projectors at the show. This one, the TDP-F10U Mobile LED Projector, may not be the sexiest-looking--or tiniest--of the bunch, but we'll throw it out there for your consideration.

The TDP-F10U weighs in at 1.4 pounds and offers SVGA, 800x600 resolution with an 800:1 contrast ratio. It will arrive in March, 2009 with a list price of $599.99. Other companies releasing pico projectors, categorized as "notebook companions," include Acer (K10), Dell (M109S), and BenQ (GP1). All of these offerings in this class weigh just over a pound and cost between $500 and $600.

Smaller pico varieties will soon be available, including models from WowWee (Cinemin line), Optoma (PK-101), Samsung (MBP200), and BUGlabs (Bugprojector). These types of picos run in the $300-$400 range.