Would you guess that an 80-inch wide image could come out of something so small?
Televisions keep getting thinner, lighter; screens are larger and more vivid than we ever fantasized. It feels like the future. But still the question remains – what’s next? While projectors have been a niche alternative for decades, Sony has been working on its technology in new and inventive ways that might harken what lies ahead. The Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector (LSPX-P1) is a portable, small-footprint device that projects a multitude of potential devices in a way that is forward thinking, the way only Sony can actually accomplish. Released in 2016, the LSPX-P1 didn’t appear out of thin air, as a variety of projectors have been produced for homes and offices for decades. What makes this particular device different is the approach and philosophy – how it will be used seems to be the main focus of Sony. The projector is highly portable – small enough to be carried with one adult hand – and a separate HDMI unit connects to a variety of devices, like laptops and Blu-ray players. But it is also designed to wirelessly interface with mobile devices, so it can accommodate people who use their phones or tablets as their main source of entertainment.
The entire unit comes in two parts. The projector is 5.25 square inches and 3.25 inches thick and weighs about 2 lbs. The high contrast, laser-generated image comes from an SXRD panel, which displays 720p images that range from 22” to a whopping 80” – even when the device is only a foot away from the wall. It also houses two Bass Reflex Speakers (though the unit can interface with external speakers), as well as a battery that lasts about 2 hours. The separate, wireless HDMI unit accommodates your laptop, cable box or home streaming device (Roku, Apple TV) and transfers that signal to the projector seamlessly.
But this being Sony, the design also presents flourishes that elevate it from being ‘just a box’ to a premium device, such as the perforated but sturdy metal housing and use of faux-leather texture on the sides. Whether you put it on a stand or keep it on a table, the LSPX-P1 blends right into any room – especially in smaller urban apartments. But this is also a wonderful companion for those who travel frequently, and like to feel like they’re settled in wherever they go. Switch between a laptop, a PlayStation, or even your Android or iOS device.
But how does it actually look? Granted, in a brightly lit room, all projectors face the challenge of looking washed out. But even so, the images from the LSPX-P1 are incredibly sharp, and thus even more visually striking in a darker room. There’s also something about projected images that simply feel gentler on the eyes, and its fun to see how the screen becomes an organic part of the room, appearing and disappearing as needed. In a time when TVs can easily dominate a living space, it is nice to see something that remains so understated.
The most interesting aspect of the LSPX-P1 is that Sony isn’t trying to replace the television. What it’s trying to do is open our minds to possibilities. The projector can certainly be used as an on-the go business presentation tool. At home, it can display your personal slideshow gallery. It can be the way you keep track of news and weather, or how you watch cooking videos while you’re preparing dinner. And people will most likely to discover other uses for themselves. That’s quite a future, indeed.
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