Sanyo ( has introduced the PLC-XW57,
an US$895 ultra-portable 3LCD projector for the education and
business presentations market. It weighs 6.4 pounds and has a
footprint of 13 x 3.15 x 9.3 inches.

Rated at 2000 lumens, the PLC-XW57 is outfitted with a 200-watt UHP
lamp and a 3D Automatic Uniformity Correction Control (AUCC) circuit
designed to offer uniformity, balancing uneven color and brightness
gradations for a more natural image, according to the folks at Sanyo.

The PLC-XW57 has a 1/4x to 16x digital zoom, which makes it possible
to project an image as large as 100 inches (diagonally) from a range
of 11 to 14 feet. To compensate for keystone (trapezoidal) picture
distortion, the PLC-XW57 provides a vertical keystone correction with
a range of +/- 20-degrees. The blackboard (green color) mode allows
the use of a classroom blackboard to be used as a projection screen.

Sanyo’s Countdown or Immediate projection modes can be set at
start-up. The Countdown Mode waits for the lamp to reach sufficient
brightness before it begins projecting an image. The Immediate Mode
starts projecting as soon as the power is turned on, even when the
optimal level of brightness has not been reached yet. Plus, when your
presentation is complete, there’s no need to wait for the projection
lamp to cool down; you can just disconnect the power cord after your
presentation, and go.

Additionally, the PIN code lock function on the PLC-XW57 prevents
anyone other than the authorized owner or projection operator from
using the projector. The key lock function is set in the operation
menu and locks operation from the controls on top of the projector
and the supplied remote control.

This projector offers a full suite of inputs and is compatible with
UXGA, WXGA, SXGA+ , XGA, SVGA, VGA and MAC analog computer inputs.
Two D-Sub terminals for computer input are provided and one of them
can be changed to a monitor output terminal. Digital Realized
Interpolation Technology (DRIT) is used to support input signals with
resolutions from UXGA to VGA by compressing/decompressing signals.
The projector is compatible with all incoming SD and HDTV (except
1080p) signals including 480i, 480p, 575i, 575p, 720p, 1035i, and