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Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU Projector Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU
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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$6,499
Contrast:5,000:1
Lumens:6000
Weight: 21.5 lbs
Resolution:1920x1200
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.82x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:2,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$549.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite (x2), RGB (x2), HDMI, HDBaseT, DisplayPort, Network, USB (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Epson PowerLite Pro G6900WU
LCD WUXGA Large Venue Projector

Bill Livolsi, February 27, 2014

Setup and Configuration

Gone are the days when a 6000-lumen projector was a heavy behemoth that required a lot of muscle to install. The Pro G6900WU is small enough to be easily deployed pretty much any way you want to use it. It can be ceiling mounted, installed in a projection closet, or even placed on a rolling cart if mobility is desired. There is an assortment of six optional lenses to choose from which will allow you to fill a 180" diagonal screen from a throw distance of anywhere from 8'2" to 84'7" (with the exception of a break in the range from 10 to 16 feet).

The Pro G6900WU comes with the Standard Zoom lens, a 1.82:1 manual zoom/focus lens that will put a 180" image on screen from 16' to just over 29'. The projector is available either as a bundle with the Standard Zoom, or as a bare body (Pro G6900WUNL, with the "NL" standing for "No Lens"). The latter is priced at $5,199 to the former's $6,499. The lenses vary in price, with the Standard Zoom selling for $1,399, the Short Throw Zoom selling for $2,999, and the other lenses all priced at $1,899.

As for lens shift, the projector allows for both vertical and horizontal adjustment using manually-operated thumb knobs on the top of the projector. Once lens shift is dialed in, the projector has a sliding lock bar that prevents further adjustment or drift.

The exact range of the lens shift changes with each lens, but the standard lens allows for approximately 70% vertical adjustment in either direction and about 33% adjustment to the left or right. On a hypothetical 180" diagonal image (95" high by 153" wide), that's 66.5" range up or down and 46" of adjustment to the left or right.

The Pro G6900WU can be installed in an auditorium, but it can also be used on curved surfaces, hard corners, ceilings, floors, and portrait orientations. Digital signage-oriented features like arc correction, edge blending, corner wall projection, and 360-degree display make it possible to install the Pro G6900WU in positions that are either difficult or impossible for many other projectors.

The Pro G6900WU is easy to install and maintain, and even a surface-level examination of the projector reveals some thoughtful touches. The projector's lens mount uses a quick-release system, so you can swap out lenses without a screwdriver. The air filter door uses a sliding lock system and filters can be changed without tools -- though the air filter is built to last 10,000 hours, so it's only an occasional maintenance item. The lamp door on the projector's side is attached with two Phillips screws, so unfortunately lamp changes still require a screwdriver.

One final note: The Pro G6900WU includes a third lamp power selection called "Temp Interlock." This mode keeps the lamp at full power unless the surrounding temperature rises outside the range for normal operation, at which point lamp power switches to ECO. If you were going to keep the lamp at full power, there is no reason not to use this setting, as it can help preserve your projector and improve lamp life.

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Reader Comments(2 comments)

Posted Mar 16, 2014 5:19:15 PM

By Stunko

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The projectors are getting lighter and easier to operate. Whereby it would seem that the REVIEWS of these projectors are getting to be longer.... and longer... and longer still.

Really, could we not have said everything found in this ultra verbose review in 1/2 the number of lines? One-fourth?

Just sayin'....

Posted Mar 2, 2014 9:57:42 AM

By Joe K.

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Now that you've seen this, what would be your opinion of using a G6450WU for a video projector for the home in a high ambient light situation and a 106" screen, in our case. I understand we would not have 3D (unless we wanted to stack), but that's not an issue for us. I was a bit concerned about noise, but it sounds like it's not too bad.

The high contrast of the 5030 is great, but doesn't help much when there is light washing over the screen, which is why I'm considering replacing our 6500UB with something like this.

Your input and thoughts would be most appreciated and I bet others in our situation might be wondering the same thing.

Thanks!

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