updated 04:30 pm EDT, Wed June 17, 2009
Epson outs five projectors
At the currently ongoing Infocomm show in Florida, Epson took the opportunity to showcase five new projectors to add to its lineup. This includes the PowerLite Presenter combo device, the PowerLite 1925W and the budget buyer-oriented PowerLite S7, 79 and W7. The PowerLite Presenter is meant for in-classroom use and also contains a DVD player and two built-in 10W speakers. The 3LCD projector sports a 1366x768 resolution, 2,500 lumens of brightness and closed captioning capabilities. A USB connection sends multimedia content to the PowerLite Presenter instead of VGA video and audio connections.
Users can also plug in USB memory drives or USB-based digital media players for content. A Slideshow Viewer lets users quickly display photos, while a microphone input amplifies voices to get students' attention. In economy mode, the E-TORL lamp can last as long as 4,000 hours of life. An ambient light sensor will gauge the amount of light in a room and select the color mode for the best image quality.
Next up, Epson's PowerLite 1925W is also meant for classrooms, although for older students and bigger audiences, as well as conference rooms. To this end, it is rated at a higher 4,000 lumens of brightness and includes connections for integrating into existing wired and wireless networks. The 3LCD projector has a 2,000:1 contrast ratio; it also has a powered zoom and focus, both of which can be adjusted through the included remote control.
A USB port allows users to connect to PCs or USB memory drives, and there is also a wireless synchronization capability with PCs. Both audio and video can be sent wirelessly, which is a first for Epson. An HDMI input is present as well.
Epson also introduced the budget-priced PowerLite S7, 79 and W7 projectors, again meant for classroom use for students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The Epson PowerLite S7 has a 2,300 lumens light output and offers 800x600 resolution. The PowerLite 79 and W7 have the same 2,200 lumens output, though the former has a 1024x768 resolution while the latter manages 1280x768 in a widescreen aspect ratio.
All three 3LCD projectors weigh just 5.1lbs, making them ultra-portable or easy to suspend from ceilings. The three projectors have the option of using USB for video in place of VGA, separate audio output and closed captioning capabilities.
The Epson PowerLite Presenter will be available in October 2009 for $899. The Epson PowerLite 1925W projector will be available in the fall, though pricing has not yet been announced. The Epson PowerLite S7, 79 and W7 are due to arrive October, priced at $549, $649 and $749, respectively.