Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Toshiba's 'Mazing Midget Multimedia Marvel !



This little wonder has been popping up all over the web in the past week or so. Business travelers will enjoy such a tiny device, and folks looking to spruce up their home theatres just may be licking their chops, since it can't possibly be as noisy as its bigger projector cousins.

Some comments, though:

  1. The inputs are somewhat limited, as you can see in the second picture above. You get SVGA, USB, or composite video, that's it: no fancy-pants HD inputs or HDCP-compliant plugs.
  2. I'm a bit suspicious of the advertised brightness spec. 400 Lux -what's that in ANSI Lumens?
  3. If the projector is capable of displaying an 11 to 68-inch picture, why does it ship with only a 23-inch folding screen? Is it only in the interest of portability, or does picture quality degrade for larger images?

Look at the bright side, though: connect this puppy to a laptop or media PC, and you'll have no trouble throwing a DVD or DIVx picture up on your wall, at a fairly reasonable cost (USD $699). Sadly, it would appear that this small wonder isn't available in Canada yet. *sigh*

Official Toshiba press release:

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20061017005252&newsLang=en

U.S. order page:

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?seg=HHO&poid=353143

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