Widescreen Data/Multimedia Projector
August 9, 2006
It is becoming increasingly common to see computers that output widescreen signals, whether they be laptops or desktops. As such, a new class of projectors is required which can natively display 16:9 and 15:9 signals while maintaining appropriate brightness and contrast levels for dynamic data projection. In this vein is the Optoma EP1690, a 1280x768 projector rated at 2500 ANSI lumens and 2500:1 contrast. It is light enough to serve as a portable projector, and is an ideal unit to couple with a widescreen laptop. It is bright enough for use in small to medium sized conference rooms and classrooms. It has good color and contrast, which makes it a good choice for video game enthusiasts, and it can be ceiling or coffee table mounted for convenience. While it can serve a secondary role as a video projector, the EP1690 really shines with high-contrast data material. This versatile package is available for under $1700, which is an excellent bargain.
ANSI lumens: 2500
Contrast (full on/off): 2500:1
Light Engine: 1280x768, native 15:9, single-chip DLP, with a 220W UHP lamp.
Video Compatibility: HDTV 1080p, 1080i, 1035i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.
Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to UXGA (1600x1200).
Connection Panel: 2x D-sub 15-pin VGA inputs, one DVI-D input, one S-Video input, one Composite video input, one VGA output/monitor pass-through, one USB port, one RS232 port, 4x 1/8" audio inputs, one 1/8" audio output, one Kensington lock point.
Lens and Throw Distance: 1.20:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal image from 11.3' to 13.6'.
Lamp Life: 2,000 hours (3,000 hours in eco mode)
Warranty: Two years.