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Viewsonic Launches Cheap 3D Projector

Viewsonic has launched a business-oriented 3D Projector, the PJD5352, that can display 3D images and is possibly the cheapest way to watch three dimensional content on a big screen.

At £600, the device, which is based on Texas Instruments' DLP technology, has a screen ratio of 4:3 and can display a screen resolution of 1024x768 pixels which can be interpolated to 1280x1024.

It has a refresh rate of 120Hz and a contrast ratio of 3000:1 which is poor compared to most plasma or LCD televisions around. There's also the fact that it doesn't come with any HDMI ports, relying instead of a D-Sub port.

This means that you might have to use a converter to get content streamed to it. Viewsonic has equipped the PJD5352 with a short-throw lens which means that you can display a 5-feet picture from as little as 3-feet away and with a weight of only 2.5Kg, can be carried around fairly easily.

The projector comes with an ecomode which reduces the noise level to only 26db, increases the bulb's life to 6,000 hours and lowers the total cost of ownership.

Expect it go on sale for £600 and be available within days. You will need active 3D glasses - at a cost of £100 each - to enjoy any 3D content though.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.