Toshiba’s extra-terrestrial projector

The ET20 projector certainly deserves its name. Once its little light comes on, it looks – in a really good way - like an extra terrestrial hovercraft

The ET20 projector certainly deserves its name. Once its little light comes on, it looks – in a really good way - like an extra terrestrial hovercraft.

But it isn’t just unearthly looking: it’s Toshiba’s first ever super close projector, which means it needs less than half a meter throw distance to project an image of around 1.30m. So if you like to watch your flicks in a broom cupboard, you’re in luck.

And there’s more still. The E20 also doubles as a complete home cinema system with projector, speakers and DVD player with DivX playback all-in-one. Yep, this is a machine out to steal the cinema crown from the Optoma MovieTime.

You can watch your DVDs in tip-top 16:9 cinema format, thanks to a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels and an impressive (on paper, at least) contrast ratio of 2500:1.

The ET20 also boasts a video processing board originally developed for Hollywood movie studios to broadcast films on TV, which promises to keep moving images fluid and natural.

Sonics come via a built-in Dolby 5.1 surround-sound system, 30Watt speaker system, five 16mm satellite speakers and one 2inch subwoofer.

There’s even a USB port for plugging in USB keys piled high with jpegs and movie files, be they MPEG-1, 2 or 4.

This extra terrestrial projector will be beaming down by the end of April for the princely sum of £1300. If you can do without the built-in DVD player, check out the ET10 which is not quite so alien in either looks or price - it’ll set you back £1100.

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