BenQ has introduced the DLP EW800ST smart projector designed for collaborative digital workspaces. The projector’s convenience features include wireless Internet connectivity, cross-platform screen-mirroring capabilities, and built-in browser and business apps, says BenQ.

The EW800ST enables projection from a smartphone, tablet, or laptop in a few easy steps with no software required, and without compatibility worries, says the company. Wireless connectivity eliminates cable clutter, and an included USB dongle means there’s no need to find the right dongle for each device, says BenQ.

One notable flexibility and convenience feature is that meeting participants are able to present in a way that’s most convenient for them. Instead of users unplugging their computer and other peripherals connected to it, they also have the option to simply use a USB drive. The EW800ST comes with a USB Type-A port that supports a wide range of file formats — including JPEG, PDF, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

The BenQ EW800ST smart projector includes 16 GB of storage. Built-in business apps include Blizz, a global team collaboration app that requires just one click to connect. Meeting-goers can remotely access another computer to view files or troubleshoot via TeamViewer, create documents collaboratively via WPS Office, as well as search the Internet on Firefox. Through BenQ’s X-Sign broadcasting technology, any connected device can send text, images, and video links to the EW800ST, and everyone in the meeting room will see the message immediately on the projection screen. BenQ Smart Control turns a smartphone into a remote control, a mouse pad, and a keyboard, allowing users to navigate the projector and its business apps directly from their own device.

With a 0.49 short-throw ratio, the EW800ST is suitable for small meeting environments and can project an 80-inch image from less than one meter away. It also ensures that speakers who talk with their hands don’t block the presentation, BenQ points out.

The EW800STs specs include 3300 lumens and WXGA native resolution. Infographic Mode, a BenQ exclusive, showcases texts and graphics in detail with high brightness and better color gradation. The EW800ST also features BenQ’s Dust Guard technology, whereby a built-in anti-dust accumulation sensor rejects a large amount of dust accumulation to further improve durability and lower overall maintenance costs. In addition, the Lamp Save mode provides up to 15,000 hours of use before lamp maintenance is needed, the company says..

“The EW800ST gives meeting-goers the tools they expect to collaborate freely without having to wrestle with technology,” said Carly Burton-Sallay, digital marketing manager, BenQ America Corp., in the announcement statement. “It’s the first huddle and meeting room projector designed for the future of intuitive and intelligent collaboration.”