updated 08:40 am EDT, Tue September 5, 2006
Epson XGA projectors
Epson on Tuesday launched four XGA resolution ultraportable projectors: the Epson PowerLite 1700c and 1710c feature the company's most advanced and ideal combinations of weight and brightness at 3.5 pounds with up to 2,200 and 2,700 ANSI lumens of brightness (respectively), while the new Epson PowerLite 1705c and PowerLite 1715c (3.7 pounds each) are step-up models that offer the same respective brightness ratings but also feature a larger variety of connectivity options. The PowerLite 1705c and 1715c allow users to take full advantage of 802.11a/b/g wireless technology, offering the projection of full-screen, full-motion (30fps) MPEG2 video with audio. The Epson PowerLite 1700c and 1710c are priced respectively at $1,300 and $1,800 and the PowerLite 1705c and 1715c are respectively priced at $1,500 and $1,600.
The new projectors feature an A/V mute slide to pause the presentation and catch the viewer's attention and aslo feature Epson's 5-second Quick-Startup technology, "Instant Off", and a new sophisticated design, featuring curved, white and gray design with front vent, rear and front infrared sensors.
Both the PowerLite 1705c and 1715c have an optional Ethernet (wired LAN) module and Epson's Easy MP monitoring software, which enable them to be controlled over networks and offer the ability to alert administrators about a variety of technical issues, such as the need to replace a bulb, high temperatures, etc.
In addition, the PowerLite 1705c and 1715c feature a USB 2.0 Type B port that enables presenters to plug their computers directly into the projector and actually run presentations using nothing but a standard USB cable. The same port can also accommodate USB memory devices for PC-free presenting and can project images from larger storage devices such as the Epson P-4000 Multimedia Photo Viewer, Apple's iPod and USB storage devices.
All four projectors allow users to adjust each color's hue and saturation from six different axes, giving users total control over the look and feel of their images. A "Presenter View enables users to project a PowerPoint slide on the screen in "slideshow" mode, while simultaneously viewing presentation notes and operating buttons on the monitor.