updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue May 1, 2007
Epson PowerLite 822p
Epson this morning stepped up the quality of its projectors with two new models. Officially aimed at businesses and schools, the PowerLite 822p (pictured) and 77c are both bright enough for most large rooms at 2,600 and 2,200 lumens respectively. The two are also ready for HDTV input; although equipped with a 1024x768 output, either can accept 720p or 1080i from a VGA source and magnify it through a 1.2X zoom lens. RCA and S-video also provide a hook for analog camera and TV sources.
The 822p at $1,099 is the most advanced, with the above features plus its own Ethernet connection for remote control and a 7-watt speaker that will play audio for DVDs and other devices without their own sound. The more streamlined 77c goes without these extras in the name of a significantly lower $749 price tag. Epson hopes to ship both PowerLites later this month.