Epson America on Tuesday introduced its new PowerLite 1700c, 1705c, 1710c and 1715c LCD-based
digital projectors. The new “ultraportable” models are aimed at mobile professionals who need to do presentations on-the-go. Prices range from $1,299 to $1,799.
The 1700c and 1710c models each weigh 3.5 pounds and display graphics at up to 2,200 and 2,700 ANSI lumens of brightness, respectively. The PowerLite 1705c and 1715c each weigh 3.7 pounds with the same respective brightness levels — Epson describes them each as “step-up” models with broader connectivity options.
Features include “Presenter view” which lets you display PowerPoint slides in “slideshow” mode while displaying presentation notes on your monitor; an A/V Mute Slide mode, five-second start-ups, “Instant Off” technology, the ability to adjust each color’s hue and saturation from six different axes, and more.
The PowerLite 1705c and 1715c feature Wi-Fi networking with support for IEEE 802.11a, b and g standards. They can display full-screen, full-motion MPEG-2 video at up to 30 frames per second with audio. A “Quick Connection Mode” automates the setup of the projector on a wireless network. Both projectors also feature an optional Ethernet module and monitoring software, which lets I.T. staff know when bulbs need to be replaced and other maintenance issues.
The 1705c and 1715c also feature a USB 2.0 interface that lets you connect a computer or a USB flash disk directly. It can also be used concurrently with the VGA monitor input.
The PowerLite 1700c and 1710c cost $1,299 and $1,799 respectively; the 1705c and 1715c cost $1,499 and $1,599 respectively.
Epson’s Web site was not updated with information about the new projectors as
posted this article.