BenQ has launched two new projectors. The BenQ MP512 ST and MP522 are both able to display 55in images from a distance of just one metre.

The MP512 ST has a 2,500:1 contrast ratio, a resolution of 800x600 and two integrated 5 Watt stereo speakers. BenQ believes this projector is ideal for use with games consoles such as the PlayStation 3 or the Nintendo Wii, as people can move about freely without interfering with the image displayed.

Weighing 2.2kg and measuring 255x90x214 mm, the MP512 ST is able to project a 55in image on to a wall of any hue thanks to a function that compensates for the background colour. Another useful aspect is that, unlike most projectors, the MP512 ST can be packed away immediately after use as it has a special quick cooling feature.

Featuring a 1,000:1 contrast ratio, XGA resolution (1,024 x 768) and one integrated 5-watt speaker, the MP522ST benefits from a short throw aspherical lens, which BenQ claims makes the projector ideal for use in small spaces offering excellent picture quality at close range.

The MP522 ST boasts similar features to the MP 512 ST but is designed for use in quiet environments - it generates between 26 and 31 decibels. The BenQ MP552 ST is also extremely compact and measures 255x90x214 mm.

The MP512ST is priced at £505 inc VAT while the MP522ST costs £623 inc VAT. Both projectors will be available from the end of October.

The BenQ MP522 ST short throw projector