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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 7.4 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.6x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:5,000 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In (x2), HDMI, Network, USB (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 576i, 576p

Epson PowerLite 905 Conference/Classroom Projector Review

Allan Abbott, April 27, 2011

Other Considerations

Network Connections and Management: Epson supports a remote monitoring application called Easy MP which uses a Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) to communicate with compatible computers and projectors. It can remotely monitor projector status such as lamp condition and internal temperature and alert maintenance personnel to possible problems. The 905 is also compatible with Crestron's RoomView monitor.

Fan noise: With its lamp putting out 3,000 lumens, the 905 needs to evacuate a lot of heat from its interior. Surprisingly, fan noise in Normal mode is only 33dB which is not especially distracting if you are seated next to the projector. Eco mode further lowers the noise to 28dB, and brightness only drops 22% in the process, so Eco mode may be your default choice.

On-Screen Menus: The 905's seven on-screen menus are pretty straightforward with minimal layering. Navigation is easy, and when image adjustments like brightness and contrast are made, the menu conveniently collapses to a single line at the bottom of the image.

Preset modes: There are five color modes (Presentation, Dynamic, Theater, Sports, and sRGB) as well as blackboard and whiteboard settings. There is also one customizable setting for storing your favorite image adjustments.


Compared to most classroom projectors we review, Epson's new PowerLite 905 is a powerhouse. It handles nearly any signal source, puts up a bright picture with excellent data and video images, and even accommodates portable USB storage devices for certain kinds of content. The 905's prime attraction is its versatility: easy set-up, image correction, placement flexibility, and a wide variety of inputs. It cannot display 3-D content and its native resolution is 1024x768, but if you want to retain all the features of the 905 and step up to a native resolution of 1280x800, then the Epson 915W fills the bill for an additional $100 (we plan to get this projector in for review shortly). But given its flexibility and cost, the Epson 905 is a classroom projector that is hard to match, and we give it our highest performance and value ratings.

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Comments (1) Post a Comment
Randy Rogers Posted Aug 29, 2012 10:40 AM PST
The Powerlite 905 does NOT allow you to use an external monitor even with the projector off. We formerly used an ASK Proxima C185 computer that had that function. If the projector is off, the monitor turns off as well. Would be a nice feature to have to avoid having to swap video cables.

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