has introduced two 6.4-pound portable multimedia projectors: the PowerLite 54c and PowerLite 74c. Both boast 2,000 ANSI lumens and a 500:1 contrast ratio.
The US$1,699 PowerLite 54c offers SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution, while the $2,399 PowerLite 74c offers XGA (1024 x 768) native resolution. Both feature Epson’s three LCD system, color-coded connections (to simplify set-up) and a verification tone that lets you know when the power is on. Basic image adjustments can be made with features such as digital keystone correction (+/- 15 degrees) and by using a series of menus that are accessible on the upper panel of the projector.
Epson has added a new feature on both projectors called Blackboard mode that automatically compensates the projector’s color output, allowing for bright, usable images projected on a dark surface, such as a chalkboard. This practically eliminates the need for a screen, the company says.
The PowerLite 54c and 74c offer two switchable modes of operation that let you choose between a “high mode” and “low mode.” The high mode of operation produces up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, resulting in 2,000 hours of lamp life, 200 watt output and a 38db level of fan noise. The low mode reduces brightness to 1,500 ANSI lumens, resulting in an increased expected lamp life of up to 3,000 hours, 150 watt output and a 33db level of fan noise.
Multiple video signals such as component, composite and S-Video are supported by both projectors, which also offer two personal computer inputs. What’s more, the PowerLite 54c and 74c provide HDTV signal compatibility and pre-programmed color modes that enhance images associated with different applications and video sources such as video games and DVD players.
Three password-protected features are included in the projectors. Power-On Protect requires the use of a password to turn on the projector. A timer function allows organizations such as rental companies to place customized time limits on usage; once the rental time has come to an end, you have to have a password to restart the projector. Another password-controlled feature called Logo Protect projects your custom logo that appears as the first screen when the projector is powered on. A third password is required to change or remove the logo.