FETC 2017 Coverage

Epson Debuts New PowerLite Ultra Short-Throw Displays for K–12 Classrooms

Epson has unveiled three new ultra-short throw presentation displays designed for K–12 classrooms this week at the Future of Education Technology (FETC) conference in Orlando, FL.

The Epson PowerLite 675W, 680 and 685W presentation displays are designed for classroom collaboration, according to information from the company, and can display content from up to four devices simultaneously. With the Epson iProjection app, students can display content wirelessly from their Chromebooks, PCs and Mac computers, as well as iOS and Android devices. With the Epson Multi-PC projection utility, plus the Moderator device management software, up to 50 users can connect to the presentation display simultaneously.

Key features of the PowerLite 675W, 680 and 685W include:

  • 3500 lumens (for both 680 and 685W) or 3200 lumens (675W) of color and white brightness, along with three LCDs for bright images even in well-lit rooms;
  • WXGA 1280x800 HD widescreen resolution (675W and 685W) or XGA 1024x768 resolution (680);
  • Display range from 11-inches to 100-inches (675W and 685W) or from 11-inches to 92-inches (680), with virtually no shadow interference;
  • Lamp life up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode, including $49 replacement lamps;
  • Built-in 16-watt speaker and microphone inputs, and support for external speakers, even in standby mode;
  • Three HDMI ports to support multiple high-definition A/V devices, as well as support for mobile high-definition link (MHL);
  • Networking capabilities to manage up to 1,024 Epson networked displays using the EasyMP Monitor software or Crestron RoomView;
  • Support for wireless access point connections for sharing the display with the entire class, without adding more cables; and
  • Support for the Message Broadcasting plug-in for EasyMP Monitor, so schools can send updates or announcements remotely to up to 1,024 Epson networked displays.

The PowerLite 675W, 680 and 685W have a MSRP of $1,160 to $1,390.

Epson will be exhibiting all three presentation displays at FETC from Jan. 24 to 27 in booth 135. Further information is available on Epson's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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