Epson America Inc.
on Monday introduces two new “pico-portable” LCD projectors with native XGA (1024 x 768 pixel) resolution and 2,500 ANSI lumens brightness. The new projectors, the PowerLite 740c and PowerLite 745c, measure 7.6 x 10.9 x 2.7 inches and weigh 3.8 and 3.9 pounds respectively. Other features include a 1.2x optical zoom lens, seven second warmup and 20 second shutdown.
The 740c and 745c sport similar features, but the 745c adds internal IEEE 802.11g wireless networking connectivity — the same wireless networking standard Apple uses in its “AirPort Extreme” and “AirPort Express” hardware. Epson bills the PowerLite 745c as the only projector on the market that’s wirelessly compatible with Apple’s Keynote presentation software. It features support for Cisco’s LEAP authentication protocol, as well as Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocols. The projector can also run PowerPoint presentations, JPEG photo slideshows and MPEG-2 videos independently of a computer using built-in PCMCIA and USB interfaces. The 740c and 745c are expected to hit store shelves in September for US$2,699 and $2,899 respectively. Epson had not updated its Web site with details on the new projectors as MacCentral posted this article.