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Portable Projectors

Ordinary people in ordinary circumstances may communicate with spoken and written text, but for entrepreneurs in business situations, PowerPoint presentations are the native tongue. For mobile entrepreneurs, the ability to make a really good presentation is tied to the ability to bring their own computers and their own portable projectors. With plummeting prices and escalating features, portable projectors are effective solutions for growing businesses.

A few years ago, an LCD projector carried a hefty price tag and was heavy enough to weary even the most stalwart business traveler. Today, Epson, one of the leading portable projector-makers, priced its latest model, the Powerlite 730C, which weighs just over 4 pounds, at $3,999 (street). Less lightweight models, such as Epson's $1,299 6-pound Powerlight 30C, are much brighter and sharper at the expense of some portability.

Next-generation projectors from Toshiba and a few others allow different users in a room or small building to control a presentation wirelessly using built-in Wi-Fi high-speed networking. At the moment, wireless presentations suffer from slow transmission rates, but faster wireless networking promises to fix that.

Meanwhile, says Mark Pickard, group product manager for audiovisual products at Epson America, "we just keep getting smaller, lighter and brighter. It's just incremental changes over and over again, but it's resulted in some very high-performance products."

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This article was originally published in the November 2002 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Keep It Moving.

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