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New BenQ MP780 ST Short-Throw WXGA DLP® Projector Brings Magic to Classrooms with Interactive PointDraw™

New BenQ MP780 ST Short-Throw WXGA DLP® Projector Brings Magic to Classrooms with Interactive PointDraw™

04-27-2010

Australia, April 2010 –BenQ is currently the world’s number 1-selling DLP projector brand in the education market (Futuresource, Q4-2009) and the release of their latest innovation, the MP780 ST short-throw WXGA DLP projector – will keep them ranked above all others.

The MP780ST is an educational tool that will excite teachers with its array of first-class features, convenience and usability while students will benefit from interactive classroom participation, interest, and outright fun.

Key to this new and highly innovative educational experience is an interactive pen.

BenQ’s trademarked PointDraw system is unique and consists of an interactive pen which allows users to point, draw, and create on any projected surface, making it portable and highly versatile in the world of education.

The MP780 ST is an all-around best-choice education projector solution,” said Chee F. Chung, General Manager of BenQ Australia. “It was engineered with a single purpose in mind: to unleash the magic in teaching inexpensively and with no usage limitations.

“Interactive learning is popular in schools today, and involves the use of computers, interactive white boards (IWBs) and projectors. At BenQ we could see the drawbacks of the IWB system and it urged us to develop the MP780ST. It offers schools another choice and enables easier installation, versatility, user-friendly capabilities. Most importantly, it’s highly affordable when compared to IWBs.

“An all-in-one teaching solution, the MP780 ST is a projector like no other. It negates the need to buy a separate screen or whiteboard as it projects on almost any surface, maximizing valuable classroom wall space,” said Chung.

BenQ PointDraw System: Freedom to Inspire, Engage, Create

Unique to BenQ, the MP780 ST’s PointDraw system has an ultra-intuitive interface and unlike other interactive pen systems, BenQ’s PointDraw does not require any calibration between the system and the projected surface/screen.

“Simply connect the MP780 ST to a notebook or desktop computer and get ready to point, draw, and create on any plain surface,” continued Chung. “No whiteboard or screen is required and the system is compatible with any operating system that supports a standard USB mouse and enables easy big-screen display, integration, and sharing of virtually any software or digital content viewable on a computer monitor.

The PointDraw pen features a button that works the same as the “left” button on a mouse, and therefore will allow the user to perform the same functions. And for true freedom of movement, the pen lets users doodle up to 8m away from the projected surface.

Q DrawTM Interactive Software additionally expands functionality with various drawing options (different pen types, four ink colors, various line thicknesses), table and chart capability, shape selections, fun screen scenarios, and numerous helpful widgets. Teachers can even record entire lessons that were drawn/written with the PointDraw pen – great for sharing and for re-use.

Said Chung, “The MP780 ST is an investment for today’s contemporary classroom because it is versatile, low maintenance, and its future-proof design ensures it accommodates any usage scenario, facilitates classroom sharing, stays ahead of developing technology, and requires minimal maintenance.

“For classrooms of all sizes, just one MP780 ST projector will fulfill any need and is not limited to predetermined whiteboard or screen sizes. The MP780 ST’s interactive projection space ranges from 48 inch to a huge 300 inch diagonal, for maximum impact or if needed, to maximize valuable classroom wall space. An ultra short 0.5:1 throw ratio (project a 95” image from just 1m) further accommodates even the smallest portable classrooms while minimizing shadow interference,” she said.

Further distinguishing the MP780 ST from competitors is outstanding mobility for classroom sharing, an integrated USB reader for PC-less projection, remote desktop function, powerful built-in 10W x 2 speakers and it is an easy-to-tote 2.6kg in weight.

Equally light on expense, the MP780 ST makes the most of tight school budgets with well-thought, future-proof features that keep it abreast of fast-paced updates in technology and the harsh wear-and-tear of school settings.

Connection standards run the gamut from HDMI v1.3, to Composite, S-Video, D-Sub, USB, microphone, L/R audio, stereo mini jack, RJ45, and RS232. Additionally, 3D stereoscopic ability makes the MP780 ST ready for the latest in education content and teaching methods. Low cost, low maintenance features include filter-free DLP technology for consistent colors, bold images, and exacting detail without colourdecay, and one-cable LAN control and display for product monitoring.

“With 1 out of every 5 projectors in schools today made by BenQ, (Futuresource Q4-2009), the new MP780 ST is backed by proven product engineering, solid brand recognition, market leadership, and a trusted commitment to helping educators bring magic and fun back to learning,” said Chung.

The MP780 ST will retail for $2,299.00 and will be available from June 2010.

For more information, visit www.BenQ.com.au or call (02) 8895 8800. ENDS…

 About BenQ Corporation

BenQ Corporation, a leading provider of networked digital lifestyle devices, is a multi-faceted company with strengths in product design, visual technology and mobile technology. BenQ offers unrivalled breadth and depth of products and integrated technologies across platforms through the brand promise of “Bringing Enjoyment and Quality to Life,” including digital projector, LCD monitors, laptop PCs, Netbooks, All-in-One PCs, LCD TVs, digital cameras, storage devices, mobile phones, storage media and human interface devices such as mice and keyboards. 2008 revenues of BenQ Corporation exceeded US$1.54 billion.

 About BenQ Group

The BenQ Group is currently comprised of 12 companies that operate independently while sharing resources and leveraging synergies among them. The BenQ Group companies include BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top 3 manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, Daxon Technology Inc., Daxin Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Software Co., BenQ Hospital, Darwin Precisions, Ltd, Raydium Semiconductor Corporation, Cando Corporation and Wellypower Co., Ltd.

Prepared on behalf of BenQ Australia by FYI Public Relations.

Media Enquiries to Toni Ruhle on Tel: (02) 9705 1559 / 0413 721 290 or E: fyi@optusnet.com.au

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