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We've just had a demonstration of the latest in Barco products - the Barcodata 300 and 330 and I'm writing to ask for feedback from anyone who has purchased one. They look like an interesting alternative to LCD colour panels. I haven't seen them mentioned in this list, so maybe Hong Kong is getting a sneak preview. The Barcodata 300 is about the size of a large 35mm slide projector. You can connect it directly to most models of PC or Mac and project directly onto a screen up to 2.4 metres wide (120ins diagonal). Its LCD has a resolution of 640x480 pixels with 4913 colours. The lamp is a user- replaceable 400w projection lamp. It weighs 18lbs, comes in a neat carry-case and is set up in the same way as a slide projector. The Barcodata 330 incorporates a 3.5in floppy drive allowing you to pre-record your presentation on disc then run the show without a computer, just using an i/r remote controller. The cost is comparable to an LCD panel. For those with calculators I'll give the ball-park figures in Hong Kong Dollars (US$1 is about HK$7.6) Colour LCD panels (about) HK$45,000-50,000 Barcodata 300 HK$49,000 Barcodata 330 HK$59,000 To my eyes the image is about as bright as a good quality (say Sharp) LCD panel and rather sharper with a very fast response. It's a pity that the only way you can use it for video display is to put the video through your computer first. If it was a dual system I'd invest in these little units without hesitation. Any comments/reviews will be gratefully received. Ian Hart Centre for Media Resources University of Hong Kong email@example.com