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3000:1 Contrast Ratio
3500 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$6,995 MSRP

Optoma EP910 High Resolution Projector

Evan Powell, May 15, 2006

Just a year or two ago, if you needed a very high resolution SXGA+ (1400x1050) projector, you would have paid $10,000 or more for it. For that price you did indeed get high resolution, but you did not get high light output or high contrast. And you had to deal with weight, bulkiness, and fan noise in the bargain. The early SXGA+ products were specialty items designed for niche applications in which image detail was vital-engineering and architectural drawings, medical school training, and so on.

With the latest crop of SXGA+ projectors the truth has changed. These new models deliver brilliant, high contrast images at prices well below $5,000, in smaller, sleeker designs with minimal fan noise. Accordingly, SXGA+ projectors are undergoing a transformation from bit players in niche markets to mainstream, multipurpose projection systems. Not only will they continue to be used for high resolution data and computer graphics display, but they can also be used for spectacular presentations of digital photography and large scale 4:3 format home theater. One of the hottest of the new SXGA+ models out this spring is the Optoma EP910, which is a 10-pound projector capable of delivering a sharp, bright, beautifully saturated image for street prices under $4,000.

Specifications

Light Engine: 1400x1050 native resolution 1.0" DLP DarkChip3 with a 2x speed, 4-segment color wheel.

Contrast: 3000:1

ANSI Lumens: 3500

Compatibility: HDTV 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, and computer resolutions up to 1600x1200. Full NTSC / PAL / SECAM.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.20:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 120" diagonal image from 16' to 19'.

Lamp Life: 2,000 hours in normal mode, 3,000 hours in eco-mode.

Connection Panel: One composite video, one S-Video, one VGA-in port, one VGA-out port, one set of RCA component inputs, one DVI-I input, one RJ-45 network port, one RS-232 port for an external control, one USB port, four audio inputs (one each corresponding to composite/S-video, component, VGA, and DVI) and one audio out.

Warranty: Three years.

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