When students in South Carolina want to earn a specialized technical degree in golf course management/mechanics or forestry, they come to Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway campus. So when these departments expressed a need for better projection equipment, Gary James, the college's media resource coordinator, took it upon himself to find the right product.
A magazine advertisement for the Sharp XV-P10U portable LCD projector, manufactured by Sharp Electronics Corp. in Mahwah, N.J., caught his eye. In December of last year, James contacted his local dealer and requested additional information. After going over the brochures on the P10U and other Sharp models, he decided to investigate his first choice more fully.
The dealer arranged for James to "test drive" a brand new projector as a demonstration unit. "We demonstrated [the P10U] for a large cross-section of the school's population," he says. "Within two days we knew we wanted to keep it."
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The XV-P10U was purchased primarily to play videotapes for the golf course management and forestry classes. Feedback from instructors has been very positive. In fact, a study found that in their classes, the 10 to 40 students were much more attentive to large-screen projections versus the smaller televisions previously used.
"The combination of ease-of-setup, portability and quality made the P10U an attractive item," explains James. "Carting the TVs around was bulky and troublesome. Previously, projectors were too pricey for this institution. But the roughly $2,000 price made it affordable."
The projector weighs …