One way to beat those huge and often hidden audio-visual equipment costs is to buy instead of rent. Two of the latest conference room LCD projectors on the market are Sharp's NotevisionC30 and Notevision-P10--and both are portable.

The NotevisionC30--at 9 by 4.75 by 12.2 inches and 11.7 pounds--can fit in an airplane overhead compartment, and is priced at $6,995. The NotevisionP10 is designed for both fixed installation and portable use and is priced at $10,995.

Both projectors come with Sharp's "PresenterPAK" feature, an icon-based, color-coded user interface application and menu screen, making setup easy for both Macs and PCs. Other PresenterPAK functions include automatic and manual image adjustment features, association or group logo display during presentation start-up, and image enlargement and freeze capabilities.

For more information about these two LCD projectors, visit Sharp on the Web at www.SharpLCD.com.

CHECK IT TWICE Naughty or Nice, Planners Can Wish, Too If you're hoping Saint Nick will leave a Palm VII in your stocking this year, you're not alone. Since meeting planners are the ones usually doing the giving, we thought it would be enlightening--and fun--to get a peek at some industry folks' holiday wish lists. From small things like Peace on Earth to wishes even Santa can't indulge, like unlimited F&B budgets, these lists may have you checking yours twice:

Sarah Matthews, director of meetings and events for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations, Bristol, Tenn., wishes for "a laptop that is two pounds, including the case; in a rubber coating so it won't break when I drop it; runs all day on the battery; and is compatible with all LCD projectors with no reconfiguration." Sarah would also like flights that are always on time and laundry that folds and puts itself away.

Megan Sinesiou, meeting planner for the American Society of Naval Engineers, Alexandria, Va., mixes work and personal needs on her list: a Palm VII; a weekly massage, manicure, and pedicure; and a new wardrobe. A postscript from Megan: "Are you asking because you're going to do this for me? If so, I would also like a new car. Red, please."

Rebecca Hassouna, of the Sheraton Universal Hotel, is not a meeting planner, but says suppliers have wishes, too. Tops on her list: "Signed contracts before I go on holiday vacation." And all flights--especially hers--running on time on December 23 and 26.