Epson announced the PowerLite 1700c and 1710c 3LCD projectors. These weight just 3.5 pounds and are specified at 2200 and 2700 ANSI lumens. Also, the new 1705c and 1715c are step-up models of the same with the same specs, but these weigh 3.7 pounds and offer additional connectivity options. All are specified at XGA resolution and according to the website, 400:1 contrast ratio.
The PowerLite 1705c and 1715c have 802.11a/b/g wireless technology and Epson’s new “Quick Connection Mode,” which automates the wireless connection setup process between the computer and projector, making it much easier for the user to get up and running without expertise, says Epson. They also have optional Ethernet modules, and Epson’s Easy MP for network control and monitoring. A USB 2.0 Type B port lets presenters plug their computers directly into the projector and run presentations using just a standard USB cable. This can be used concurrently with the VGA input, so two computers to be connected to one projector at the same time. The same port can also be used with 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, etc.
The PowerLite 1700c, 1705c, 1710c, and 1715c allow users to adjust each color’s hue and saturation from six different axes. “Presenter View” allows users to project a PowerPoint slide on the screen in “slideshow” mode, while simultaneously viewing presentation notes and operating buttons on the monitor so the presenter can review notes separately from the audience. An A/V Mute Slide feature creates a quick pause in the presentation to catch the viewer’s attention. They just close the lens cover to pause it and remove it to automatically continue. They also have five-second startup and Instant Off.
Pricing ranges from $1,299 to $1,999.
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