Laser tech for Manchester

The University of Manchester embraces Laser and LED Hybrid light source technology to transform study rooms into dynamic learning hubs

The University of Manchester worked alongside Universal AV to supply a new display solution that would transform 24 study rooms into dynamic multipurpose learning hubs. The Casio Projectors Ultra Short Throw (UST) model was utilised to deliver four times the screen estate of the previous solution at an industry-leading low total cost of ownership. 

The spaces are required to adapt to a variety of learning environments at a moment’s notice, from tutorials and collaboration work stations to boutique presentation suites. High quality visuals, a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) concept, minimal maintenance and downtime, no start up delays and a long lifespan were all considered essential traits for the solution. 

The UST projector was the ideal device, designed to work in close proximity conditions with the ability to create an 80” image from a distance of just 27cm. 

As with all Casio Projectors, this utilises Laser & LED Hybrid light source technology rather than traditional lamp-based methods. This means there are no lamps or filters, ensuring extremely low maintenance with no downtime for changing parts. Other benefits include instant operation, with no waiting for projectors to warm up or cool down, ensuring sessions begin promptly to maximise learning time. 

Offering a full five-year warranty and having no consumables to monitor or replace meant that the University of Manchester was able to fix its costs for projection for five years without hidden extras and significantly reduce the level of maintenance required. 

Laser & LED Hybrid light source technology is also incredibly environmentally friendly both in terms of manufacture and power consumption, significantly contributing to the establishment’s wider social responsibility goals. 

Hazardous substances such as Mercury aren’t present in this type of technology and removing them from the presentation environment ensures a safer and more eco-friendly projection solution. The 3,100 ANSI Lumen model also boasts significantly reduced power consumption, saving 35% compared to standard LCD projectors of similar spec, without compromising on the output quality to further add to its green credentials. 

The reduced power consumption and more efficient design of the projector contribute to an increased life expectancy, resulting in an industry-leading total cost of ownership.

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