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Epson Intros New Classroom Projectors

Epson has introduced eight new projectors designed for using in education environments. The new projectors, which feature 3LCD, 3-chip technology, are part of the PowerLite series.

The PowerLite S17 and PowerLite X17 offer 2,700 lumens of brightness while the PowerLite W17 offers 2,800 lumens of brightness. The S17 comes with a native resolution of 600 x 800 (SVGA), the X17 a resolution of 1,024 x 768 (XGA), and the W17 a resolution of 1,280 x 800 (WXGA).

The PowerLite 97 delivers a brightness of 2,700 lumens while the PowerLite 98, 99W, and 955W each offer a brightness of 3,000 lumens. The PowerLite 965 comes with 3,500 lumens of brightness. The 97, 98, and 965 models feature a resolution of 1,024 x 768 (XGA). The 99W and 955W ship with 1,280 x 800 (WXGA) resolution. The 955W and 965 also come with 1.6x optical zoom. The projectors support network connectivity (via RJ-45) and include EasyMP Network Projection software to manage multiple projectors over the network.

Additional features common to each of the eight new projectors include HDMI connectivity; wireless connectivity through optional network module (sold separately); + 30 degree automatic vertical and horizontal keystone correction; quick corner image positioning; Epson iProjection app to present content from iOS and Android devices; and up to 6,000 hours of lamp life, in economy mode.

Epson's new PowerLite projectors "run the gamut in terms of features and pricing to meet the needs of nearly any classroom," said Heather Johnston, product manager for K-12 education marketing at Epson, in a company statement.

"Whether seeking to understand a math concept or mastering a writing assignment, collaboration and peer-to-peer learning are an important part of the classroom experience," explained Johnson. "To facilitate this experience and the teaching and learning process, today's classrooms need robust technologies at an affordable price."

All of the projectors, except the 955W, will be available to ship in November. The 955W will ship January 2014. The S17 will sell for $399; the X17 will go for $449; the W17 will run $599; the 97 will cost $549; the 98 will sell for $599; the 99 will run $749; and the 965 will cost $899. All projectors will be covered by Epson's two-year limited warranty.

Additional information is available at Epson's Web site.

About the Author

Kanoe Namahoe is online editor for 1105 Media's Education Group. She can be reached at knamahoe@1105media.com.

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