Long Beach, Calif. — Epson on Monday introduced four LCD projectors optimized for classroom applications.
The PowerLite 84, 85, 825 and 826W are said to offer extended lamp life up to 6,000 hours, a built-in closed-captioning decoder, USB plug-and-play technology, an internal 10-watt speaker, network connectivity for remote presentations via wired LAN and optional wireless connectivity.
The projectors are also Epson’s first to employ a built-in microphone input to enable teachers to amplify their voices when speaking over projected material.
“Epson is committed to providing today’s educators with projectors that allow them to improve classroom effectiveness and also meet today’s budgeting realities,” stated Sara Kim, Epson Projection, Epson America associate product manager. “We’ve asked teachers and administrators from across the country what they need in future projectors, and have integrated their input into this suite of products. The result is an affordable and flexible family of classroom-centric projectors that deliver long lamp life and are remarkably easy to use.”
The PowerLite 84 ($799 suggested retail) and 85 ($899) each produce 2,600 lumens of brightness and XGA resolution. Both will ship in May.
The PowerLite 825 ($999) offers 3,000 lumens of brightness and XGA resolution, and the PowerLite 826W ($999) features 2,500 lumens of brightness and WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), which is ideal for use with widescreen laptops and DVD content. Both ship in June.
The PowerLite 85, 825 and 826W offer additional features giving educators the ability to remotely deliver presentations as well as monitor and control the projectors over a network. In addition to using the included EMP monitor software, the projectors can be used as broadcast systems to show event flyers, updates and emergency instructions, Epson said.
The PowerLite 85, 825 and 826W also offer PC-free connectivity through a USB Type A port for quick connection with USB memory devices, and wireless functionality via an optional wireless module. Teachers can insert a USB key into the projector (first time setup only) and then into a PC — the USB key automatically reconfigures the computer’s network settings and wirelessly connects to the projector for instantaneous use.
All models also feature network monitoring and control: RJ-45 wired LAN connectivity for remote monitoring and control via a school’s IT network. The feature is said to help save time and money, regardless of the projector’s physical location
To simplify positioning and setup, the projectors are equipped with 1.6x optical zoom lenses and 30-degree-plus automatic vertical keystone correction.
Epson said it also offers purchasers of the projectors its Brighter Futures program that is available specifically for schools.
Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms, the Brighter Futures program offers special pricing, extended Epson limited-warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.