Tools Of The Trade: The Toshiba SW20 wireless projector

Marrying wireless networking and a computer projector is an idea that will make sense to anyone who has seen an executive fumbling around to connect a laptop to a projector. These people will know just why Toshiba's SW20 is likely to sell well.

The company is not the first to offer this combination, and there are several adapters out there that allow a standard projector to be linked up to a wireless network. But there is a lot to be said for the convenience of providing wireless connections out of the box, and Tosh-iba has sensibly opted to add these connections to a mid-range projector, not just to more highly specified units.

As a standalone projector, the SW20 offers SVGA resolution rather than the XVGA of top-of-the-range alternatives. But it is a relatively compact unit finished in smart silver, and has the build quality buyers expect from Toshiba.

This is a projector designed for meeting rooms rather than for home cinema buffs.

Plug in the SW20 and the results are good - solid but not spectacular. The brightness is fine for presentations, and it copes well enough with DVD playback. The image has reasonable contrast, and the remote control provides plenty of options for fine-tuning.

But to discover the SW20's full potential, you need to remove the VGA cable. Computer monitor cables are bulky, awkward to use and usually quite short. This makes connecting a projector to a computer far more of a chore than it should be. One option is to invest in a purpose-built audio-visual room, with all the wires hidden behind the scenes. The other is to do away with the wires altogether. This is Tosh-iba's approach.

Instead of scrabbling around for a video cable, simply turn on a wireless-ready laptop - the SW20 uses a standard 802.11b WiFi connection - and whatever you need to watch will appear via the projector's beam. It is even possible to move the laptop or the projector around without losing the picture.

Executives who are worried about electronic snooping need not be: their PowerPoints are safe from prying eyes as the SW20 supports encryption.

However, there is one snag: the SW20 needs a special software driver to work with a computer. This is fine for permanent set-ups, but visitors will have to install the Toshiba software before they can use the projector with their machines, at least in wireless mode.

This makes the whole notion less practical than it could be. Most corporate IT policies do not allow staff to install unauthorised software on their machines. And were it allowed, they might not have the knowledge, or their hosts might have mislaid the installation disk.

A better solution would be to build the intelligence into the projector itself, so there is no need to install software on the host computer. The Toshiba SW20 is good. But it would be premature to throw away the video cable that comes in the box.

THE VERDICT

Rating: 4 out of 5

Pros: price, build, wireless support

Cons: needs software installed on host PC

Price: £998 ex VAT

Contact: www.toshiba.co.uk

News
people
Life and Style
healthMovember isn't about a moustache trend, it saves lives
News
people
Life and Style
food + drinkFrom Mediterranean Tomato Tart to Raw Caramel Peanut Pie
PROMOTED VIDEO
Arts and Entertainment
Armstrong, left, and Bain's writing credits include Peep Show, Fresh Meat, and The Old Guys
TVThe pair have presented their view of 21st-century foibles in shows such as Peep Show and Fresh Meat
Arts and Entertainment
Keys to success: Andrew and Julian Lloyd Webber
arts + entsMrs Bach had too many kids to write the great man's music, says Julian Lloyd Webber
Arts and Entertainment
Hand out press photograph/film still from the movie Mad Max Fury Road (Downloaded from the Warner Bro's media site/Jasin Boland/© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
films'You have to try everything and it’s all a process of elimination, but ultimately you find your path'
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Extras
Boys to men: there’s nothing wrong with traditional ‘manly’ things, until masculinity is used to exclude people
indybest13 best grooming essentials
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films
books

New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site on Friday

News
Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’
news

New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere of The Imitation Game at the BFI London Film Festival
filmsKeira Knightley tried to miss The Imitation Game premiere to watch Bake Off
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

The benefits of Recruitment at SThree...

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Comission: SThree: SThree, International Recruitme...

Trainee Recruitment Consultants

£20000 - £25000 per annum + OTE £35K: SThree: We consistently strive to be the...

Finance Assistant - Part time - 9 month FTC

£20000 - £23250 Per Annum pro rata: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Pro rata ...

Marketing Manager

£40 - 48k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Marketing Manager to join...

Day In a Page

Bryan Adams' heartstopping images of wounded British soldiers to go on show at Somerset House

Bryan Adams' images of wounded soldiers

Taken over the course of four years, Adams' portraits are an astonishing document of the aftermath of war
The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities