Q. I do presentations for new clients and I have to
carry around one of those portable projectors (sure, it’s portable—it
weighs only 36 pounds) so I can do my PowerPoint sales pitch. When I
fly, I dare not stow it with my luggage—it’s too expensive and it’s
fragile—so I have to lift it into the overhead rack. And since I weigh
112 pounds, this is a bit difficult. Isn’t there something lighter I
There sure is. How about a 5.6-pound projector?
Lightware ( www.lightware.com
) recently introduced the Scout. It’s the lightest projector on
the market, but you pay dearly for that. First of all, it’s
expensive—$2,995. Second, it lacks some key features, which, while
inconvenient, is not fatal. For example, its remote control can’t move
the cursor around; the control buttons are hard to push—for them to
work, you’ve got to stay fairly close to the projector; and image
resolution and brightness are marginal (you’ll need to darken the
room). But flaws aside, it fits easily in the overhead rack.