Review: Epson’s PowerLite 1775W Projector

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Epson PowerLite 1775W

Over the past two years there may have been some disruption in the projector segment of IT, but Epson has maintained a steady product line as it has worked to engage deeper with the solution provider channel.

With the Epson PowerLite 1775W, the company has produced a light, cost-competitive but seductive offering in this space -- and provides significant value to those in the mobile workforce. The CRN Test Center has examined the PowerLite 1775W, and we came away impressed.

List-priced at a reasonable $1,199 (with street pricing as low as $1,000), the PowerLite 1775W weighs in at 3 pounds, 12 ounces on the CRN Test Center lab scale. Its footprint is 11.3 inches by 8.3 inches by 1.75 inches, and it sets up in just a few moments.

The unit needed practically no calibration out of the box and, unlike other projectors we’ve looked at over the past couple of years, was a snap to adjust height and angle settings. It was up, running and projecting in less than five minutes on both a Windows 7 PC and a Mac OS X notebook.

Even more convenient for some: it supports presentations from USB stick -- an option that we liked and which makes the product stand out. The on-screen menu is user-friendly, regardless of what platform from which it’s reading the presentation or images. It is simple and straightforward, even with a high level of sophisticated functionality. The engineering and design indicate an impressive level of R&D.

The PowerLite 1775W supports Type B and Type A USB connectivity, VGA and HDMI input, and direct video.

Epson has a long history of producing solid technology, and over the past few years has focused more on engaging partners in the North American value-added reseller channel. The PowerLite 1775W certainly hits a sweet spot for a number of VARs, and is a competitive solution.

We think this is a terrific projector that we can recommend for SMBs for several reasons: it eliminates cost and complexity while providing great performance and functionality; the mobility provided by the small and light form-factor has not lead to meaningful trade-offs or sacrifices; and its support of multiple standards, input and media provide important flexibility.

The bottom line: this projector from Epson is top-notch, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from this company.

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