The What: Eiki International has introduced the new EK-820U WUXGA (1920x1200) Laser Projector.

The What Else: The EK-820U Laser Projector delivers vivid colors because of its use of both blue and red lasers. Compared to more traditional laser-based projection systems that incorporate a blue laser only, the addition of the red laser results in greater brightness (10,000 lumens with a 16:10 aspect ratio), a higher red color ratio without diminishing either blue or green performance, and increased gamut area ratio performance. Given that laser technology is less fragile than traditional lamp-based systems and offers nearly instant on/off performance, the capabilities of the new EK-820U make this projector well suited for applications where superior image quality is essential.

The new Eiki EK-820U Laser Projector provides a wealth of connectivity options that result in greater flexibility in terms of both signal access and control. For access on a LAN, these systems provide RJ45 connectors for both HDBaseT and Ethernet. The projector also provides support for RS-232 control as well as an input for a dedicated wired IR remote. The projector also includes both USB Type A and B connectors—enabling it to operate over the network using a Wi-Fi dongle. Additional connectivity for the Eiki EK-820U includes both HDMI input and output, HD-SDI, a DVI-D connector, and VGA I/O.

The Eiki EK-820U Laser Projector also caries an IP6X dust ingress test rating. Given that many projectors are suspended from the ceiling, and as a result, are difficult to access for regular cleaning, the projector’s sealed optical engine, dust-free design increases its long-term reliability: its laser light source is rated for 20,000 hours.

Eiki’s EK-820U Laser Projector offers horizontal/vertical lens shift and h/v keystone correction, edge blending, and a warping engine, facilitating versatile placement. There are eight optional lenses available for use with these systems, encompassing throw/width ratios from 0.36-15.24.

“Eiki’s EK-820U offers exceptional performance, a rich feature set, and superior connectivity options,” said Steve Rubery, Eiki's director of sales. “The EK-820U uses a 0.67-inch digital micro-mirror device (DMD) imaging system that contributes to the projector’s vivid colors and superior clarity. And since lasers create the exact colors that are required without having to absorb or otherwise block white light, system efficiency is considerably greater. I’m confident integrators and rental staging providers will find much to like in this new product offering.”

The Bottom Line: Featuring 10,000-lumen brightness, a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, and the high color performance resulting from the use of both blue and red lasers, the EK-820U supports versatile LAN control and carries the added benefits of a sealed optical engine design (IP6X) that provides protection against dust without using a filter design. The result is a projector that is particularly well suited for professional large-venue installations and rentals. The EIKI EK-820U Laser Projector caries an MSRP of $19,995 (without lens), and is scheduled to become available the first week of December.