Performing mobile multimedia presentations to large audiences is becoming possible for more of us primarily because of the declining costs...

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Performing mobile multimedia presentations to large audiences is becoming possible for more of us primarily because of the declining costs of the needed equipment. Laptop computers can be had for under a grand these days, and presentation software applications such as PowerPoint go for a song or two.

But the last purchasing gap to be spanned was the digital projector. Typical full-featured digital projectors stubbornly remained in the range of several thousands of dollars. Plus they were bulky and weighed in anywhere between 10 to 30 pounds, sometimes even more.

And if you wanted extras like a remote control or even a carrying case, in many instances they were expensive options. But that’s changing with the newest generation of projector offerings such as the Microtek MS4 Digital Projector (store.microtek.com).

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As a digital-imaging company with a full line of flatbed scanners, digital cameras and flat-panel monitors, Microtek took what it’s learned about digital imaging and focused much of that expertise on the development of the MS4, an amazing little projector powerhouse.

Weighing in at a scant 4.5 pounds and measuring a trim 11 by 3.8 by 8 inches, the MS4 makes for an ideal mobile-presentation solution. I don’t want to bog you down with a list of specifications since you can easily see those for yourself at the Microtek Web site.

I’ll just take a moment and point out some of the important ones beginning with its brightness rating of 1200 ANSI Lumens. This is bright enough so as to be seen on a good size stage in low to medium lighting.

Images are displayed in 16.7 million colors (24-bit color depth) and the aspect ratio will fill a standard computer screen size of 4:3 or a theater screen of 16:9. You can adjust those screen sizes to span a mere 37 inches diagonally all the way up to 202.8 inches. Furthermore, you can have the MS4 remain in perfect focus sitting as close as 4.9 feet to the projection wall or as far away as 23 feet.

On-screen displays help you determine the best possible display for the room in which your presentation will take place. Items like Brightness, Contrast and Sharpness only begin the more detailed settings and adjustments that can be made — Gamma, Horizontal and Vertical positioning as well as Color Space, Saturation and Temperature.

The wireless remote control lets you access all of the on-screen displays, control the mouse function, control the volume of the built-in speaker and, get this, it even has a built-in laser pointer. Nice touch, Microtek.

If you plan to use the MS4 overseas, not to fear, since it also works with PAL and SECAM standards in addition to NTSC.

I’ve only scratched the surface on what MS4 can do; there are so many more you can read about at Microtek’s Web site.

So if you’ve been wanting to make those multimedia presentations but were waiting for an affordable, slick little projector to come along, your wait is over. Check out the MS4 and you’ll have plenty to show for it.

The MS4, along with all of Microtek’s other digital imaging products, can be purchased directly at the Store on the Microtek Web site: $699.99 after a $50 rebate.