Epson America Inc. has introduced two new LCD projectors — the Epson PowerLite 7800p and PowerLite 8300i. The new projectors sport native XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) resolution and built-in network management capabilities via an integrated Ethernet interface.
The PoweRLite 8300i is Epson’s brightest projector, at 5,200 ANSI lumens and 1,200:1 contrast ratio. The PowerLite 7800p throws 3,500 ANSI lumens with a 700:1 contrast ratio. The 7800p weighs 12.1 pounds while the 8300i is 24.7 pounds. Both systems feature “Quick Corner,” a new onscreen interface that enables users to make keystone corrections to compensate for small or oddly-shaped rooms. The 7800p also features “Wall Shot,” or automatic color correction, even when projecting onto colored surfaces. The 8300i also sports electrically powered lens shift, zoom and focus adjustment.
The 8300i sports two levels of brightness: 5,200 or 3,000 ANSI lumens. The 7800p, meanwhile, can project at either 3,500 or 2,500 ANSI lumens. The low-brightness modes have the added benefit of reducing sound noise. Both projectors can be password-protected to discourage would-be thieves or unauthorized users.
Both projectors incorporate an array of video inputs including VGA, BNC, DVI, S-Video and Video and Monitor Out. Optional lenses are available for different applications. A remote control is included with each projector that offers “USB Mouse” capability, and an optional hard-wired remote control is also available. Projectors can be stacked for added brightness, and users can maintain up to five custom setting presets.
Look for the PowerLite 8300i to hit authorized pro AV dealers later this month for US$9,999. The 7800p will also be available in late April for $4,899, through a wider array of dealers and resellers.