BenQ America Corp. of Costa Mesa, California USA, a producer of DLP® projectors, introduced the Colorific™ i500.
The Colorific™ i500 is a compact device that combines short-throw LED projection, wireless streaming, and rich integrated audio. BenQ says its i500 projector instantly delivers big-screen entertainment. Without needing cables, set-top boxes, or streaming dongles, the i500 reportedly has access to the most popular apps. So, viewers can watch thousands of movies, shows, download apps, play games and even watch live broadcasts.
“The i500 smart projector is an entertainment game-changer,” said J.Y. Hu, vice president at BenQ America Corp. “At just 3.3 pounds and 3 inches tall just about the size of today’s tablets, the i500 is a powerful and versatile device for even the tightest spaces. Simply turn on the i500 and you’re ready to stream videos and music wirelessly for the ultimate big-screen experience anywhere.”
Its short-throw lens enables the i500 to project images up to 80 inches from as close as 3 feet from the wall or screen. The projector allows viewing of supersized movies, shows, apps and games in WXGA (1280 x 800) native resolution. A long-life LED light source with a 20,000 hour rated life powers the projector. The device can project high-definition videos with ultimate clarity and sharpness. Its vertical keystone correction allows the placement of the projector at an indirect angle without any distortion.The projector features a contemporary gold finish that blends in seamlessly with existing décor.
A pair of 5W fine-mesh-covered chambered speakers are on the other side of the dual-sided device. The speakers are tuned to produce rich sound quality without external audio connections. When the i500 is not projecting, it can double as a powerful, yet portable Bluetooth® speaker system.
The i500 comes ready with the latest software and streaming apps via over-the-air live updates. The projector is preloaded with popular streaming services and apps including Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Spotify, Vimeo, and many others. The i500 is also available with gamepad and controllers, for a universe of heart-pounding games including action/adventure, first-person shooter, strategy, and even role-playing games.
The i500 operates via wireless LAN with no other connections required. The device can play video or music content from a USB stick or display Excel, Word, or PowerPoint documents without a PC. The projector also offers a selection of the latest inputs, including HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, audio I/O as well as a mic in.
The BenQ i500 is now available in North America for a retail price of U.S. $749.