Epson has introduced eight new education laser projectors destined to fill a variety of needs and budgets for classrooms, including new interactive and non-interactive models in ultra-short-throw, short-throw, and long-throw options.

These new projectors and other innovative models are being featured in Epson's virtual booth at Projection Expo 2020, where 23 exhibitors are showcasing more than 130 products and services through July 15th.

Perhaps most significant among the new entries are the BrightLink 735Fi and 725Wi interactive UST projectors. These new-generation step-down models take advances introduced last year in the 5,000-lumen Brightlink 1485Fi (see our review here) and brings them to a more affordable price point with less brightness. The Brightlink 735Fi, at 3,600-lumens with 1080p resolution, shares most of the same features as the 1485Fi, notably the ability to project a 16:6 ultra-wide image of up to 110-inches diagonal. This effectively allows a pair of traditional widescreen images to reside side-by-side on a split screen, permitting simultaneous display of two sources or the mixing a source with the projector's interactive whiteboard function on the other half of the screen. Unlike the 1485Fi, the 735Fi and 725Wi (4,000 lumens, 1280x800 WXGA) offer only pen interactivity on their whiteboards, rather than either pen or finger. Dual-pen capability is carried over, however, which allows for easy collaboration.

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Epson BrightLink 735Fi interactive UST projector

Both new projectors share other key attributes of the Brightlink 1485FI and its 1480Fi sister model, including the ability to use the projector's whiteboard function without a connected PC, and the ability to save, print, or email content without a PC. Built-in WiFi facilitates easy sharing from mobile devices via Miracast, and all the Epson Brightlink and Powerlight projectors are compatible with Epson's latest iProjection software, which allows educators to connect, display, and share content simultaneously among up to 50 connected devices.

The PowerLite 725W (4,000 lumens, 1280x800) and PowerLite 720 (3,800 lumens, 1024x768), are laser-driven, non-interactive UST models suitable for replacing lamp projectors in some pre-existing whiteboard installations or for new installations where interactivity isn't required. They come with built-in WiFi with Miracast, three HDMI ports, and 20,000 hours of rated laser life.

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Epson L200SX/L200SW short-throw laser projector

New short-throw classroom projectors include the PowerLite L200SW (3,800 lumens, 1280x800) and L200SX (3,600 lumens, 1024x768), which offer a pair of HDMI ports and split-screen support of up to four connected sources. WiFi with Miracast is also standard. Also introduced are long-throw compact laser models L200W (4,200 lumens, 1280x800) and L200X (4,200 lumens, 1024x768) designed to replace existing lamp-based projectors with long-life, zero-maintenance (up to 20,000 hours) operation. These models come with an integrated 1.6x zoom lens for placement flexibility and a 16-watt speaker. Both feature 2 HDMI ports and built in WiFi/Miracast.

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Epson L200W/L200X long-throw laser projector

Epson offers what it calls a best-in-class, three-year, full-unit replacement limited warranty along with free technical phone support for the life of the projector.

The chart below shows key specifications and shipping dates for all the new models.

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Bryce Posted Jun 10, 2020 10:50 PM PST
Great to see more laser driven options and hopefully the fans are quiet too. But, can someone please call Epson and let them know that XGA and WXGA are so last decade? We don't spec anything less than Full HD or WUXGA for our clients these days.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jun 17, 2020 7:51 AM PST
Bryce, I was actually surprised when I looked into this that WXGA and even XGA remain popular solutions for small classroom projectors due to their lower cost and the desire among budget-strapped school districts to spend any new extra dollars to replace older projectors with laser rather than higher res. But I agree that in this age of multimedia teaching and digital sharing from mobile devices that it makes sense to upgrade to 1080p or WUXGA. But Epson and other manufacturers wouldn't be introducing new XGA or WXGA models if they didn't have demand for them.

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