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Epson Boosts Brightness on LCD Classroom Projectors


Epson's PowerLite 96W includes LAN connectivity, HDMI input, a WXGA resolution, and a brightness of 2,700 lumens for $899.

Epson this week debuted four new LCD classroom projectors in its PowerLite series. The new models, which will replace several in the PowerLite 8x series, offer higher light output than their predecessors and include new connectivity and audio features.

All of the new models--the PowerLite 92, 93, 95, and 96W--are equipped with a new 16 watt speaker come with integrated HDMI standard. The 93, 95, and 96W also include built-in LAN connectivity (via RJ-45). The PowerLite 92 and 93 are XGA-resolution projectors (1,024 x 768) with a brightness of 2,400 lumens. The PowerLite 95 is also an XGA projector but offers a brightness of 2,600 lumens. The 96W offers a WXGA resolution (1,280 x 800) and a brightness of 2,700 lumens.

The two higher-end models, the 95 and 96W, also offer the ability to project messages delivered over an IP network (such as emergency alerts) and the ability to send content of an IP network.

Features common to all of the new models include:

  • Built-in closed captioning decoder;
  • 1.2x optical zoom;
  • ±30 degree automatic vertical keystone correction plus ±30 degree horizontal keystone correction;
  • Built-in screen patterns designed as teaching aids, such as a "graph paper" pattern (with support for customized background images as well);
  • Lamp life of up to 6,000 hours in economy mode;
  • Instant on/off and direct on/off (allowing instructors to turn a projector on or off via light switch); and
  • USB control via Mac OS X or Windows systems, with a browser-based "virtual control:" that can be used in place of the standard remote control.

The PowerLite 92, 93, 95, and 96W are expected to ship in March for $649, $699, $799, and $899, respectively. Further information can be found on Epson's Brighter Futures site.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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