BenQ introduced this week what it calls “a smart meeting room projector,” built on the Windows 11 PC operating system to simplify collaborative video conferencing and hybrid use applications.

The BenQ model EH620 ($1,499 suggested retail) smart meeting room projector is said to enable virtual meeting-goers to get started without a laptop or PC.

The approach ensures the projector is the room’s central hub, and not merely a display device, BenQ said. It comes equipped with built-in Edge and Chrome web browsers, simple access to cloud storage platforms, casting and wireless presentation system options with four-way split windows for sharing multiple screens simultaneously, preloaded video conference options, built-in apps, and the BenQ Launcher utility to streamline workflows and launch meetings instantly.

Bob Wudeck, BenQ America senior director of business development, said the concept is to develop a display that is “as capable as any PC or laptop, giving meeting-goers the freedom to work right from the display itself and ensure not a second is wasted on troubleshooting or connecting devices.”

The EH620 allows users to log in to the projector just as they would a Windows PC, taking the time and complications of learning how to operate a new device out of the equation while collaborating with others.

The approach takes away the setup hassle, clutter and distractions and increases capabilities when connected to a wireless keyboard-mouse set and webcam.

The built-in Edge and Chrome browsers enable easy web searches in real-time to help users access their cloud account files on Google Drive, OneDrive, and Microsoft Teams without dragging out a laptop or notebook.

BenQ said this “effectively reduces meeting preparation time, with users getting everything done on one projector to present seamlessly. The BenQ-exclusive Launcher interface organizes apps into three groups, saving users time spent downloading, searching, or logging into apps. They just click the apps and start the meeting.”

Billed as “hybrid-ready,” the BenQ EH620 supports all BYOD devices and doesn’t require installing any additional software or using Wi-Fi dongles.

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“Users can wirelessly present by either casting their devices directly to the projector with Miracast, AirPlay, or Google Cast (available in December 2022), or by utilizing BenQ’s InstaShare application,” the company said.

The platform allows up to four presenters to share their screens simultaneously with a four-way split-screen. The projector supports hybrid meetings, so that when running a video conferencing app directly from the EH620 and wirelessly casting, both remote and in-room attendees can view the casted presentations.

Ideal for video conferencing out of the box, the EH620 is preloaded with meeting apps including Google Meet, Skype for Business, and TeamViewer Meeting, users can launch and join video conferences directly from the projector to free up personal devices from public use.

The projector detects plug-and-play web cameras automatically and will switch to the optimal Vocal Audio Mode when the app launches.

The projector also features an IT-friendly design built around three priorities including: easy to installation and set up, central management, and robust security.

IT administrators and staff can bring their Windows PC experience directly to the EH620 projector. It bypasses complicated settings, especially with software installation and wireless setup.

For IT managers, the EH620’s RJ45 port enables integration with commonly used PJLink, Crestron, and AMX platforms, allowing access to device information from a central location. In addition, the smart projector auto detects the firmware version and sends update availability notifications to ensure the firmware is current at all times.

Built-in security ensures all wireless transmissions are protected by WPA2 AES 128-bit encryption and with Firmware Trusted Platform Module (fTPM). Guests and users simply cast their files to the EH620 without connecting to the local Wi-Fi network, thereby limiting opportunities for hackers, BenQ said.

The BenQ EH620 is equipped with an Intel Celeron 4205U processor, offering up to 40% faster connection and Intel Runtime BIOS Resilience.

The projector itself is based on Full HD 1080p DLP microdisplay technology with 3400 ANSI Lumens of brightness, native 16:9 aspect ratio, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, 30-bit 1.07 billion colors (83% BT.709 coverage), and a lamp-based light source with a lifespan rated at 4000 hour (normal use), 10,000 hours (ECO mode) and 15,000 hours Smart ECO mode.

The throw ratio is 1.13~1.47, and input lag at 1080/60p is listed as 33.4ms.

I/O ports include: 1 15-pin D-sub PC; 1 15-pin D-Sub monitor out; 2 HDMI (1.4a/HDCP1.4); USB Type A-1 (3.0/Power Supply1.5A), USB Type A-2 (3.0/Power Supply1.0A), USB Type A-3 (3.0/Power Supply1.0A), USB Type A-4(2.0) and USB Type A-5 (2.0/Power Supply 0.9A); 1 USB Type Mini B; and an RS232 DB-pin input; 1 3.5mm mini jack audio input and 1 3.5mm mini jack audio output.

On-board sound is supported by 2 5-watt stereo speakers.

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By Greg Tarr

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