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Epson VS220 Portable Projector:
Lots of Light for just $359

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Highly Recommended Projector
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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:3 LCD
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$199.00
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In, HDMI, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

Key Features

Presets. There are seven Color Mode presets including Dynamic, Presentation, Theatre, Photo, and sRGB along with black- and white-board options. Dynamic and Presentation have a little more green bias than the others, but if color accuracy is important, Photo and sRGB have sufficient brightness for many rooms.

Automatic Iris . It is unusual to find an auto iris in such a low-cost projector, but it does add to the projector's video performance by improving contrast as scene brightness varies. Its operation is sometimes audible, but given the VS220's fan noise, most audience members will not be aware of the iris' operation. If iris noise is an issue, simply disable it in the Image menu.

Connectivity . While there is a wide variety among the rear panel connectors, there is only one VGA connector that serves dual purposes as a computer or a component video input. In addition, there is an HDMI input, a composite and S-video jack, audio jacks, and both USB-A and USB-B connectors.

Computer-free Presentations. If you have a photo collection or a short video stored on a USB device, you can connect directly to the USB-A connector without the need of a computer. The slideshow feature supports .jpg, .bmp, .gif, and .png formats.

Lamp Life In normal mode, lamp life is 4,000 hours, but switching to Eco mode extends that time to 5,000 hours without significant brightness reduction.

USB Connectivity. You can avoid the one VGA connector limitation by connecting your computer via the USB-A connector.

Maintenance. The VS220 has air filters that need to be changed when dirty, and the side grills should be vacuumed occasionally. Lamp replacement is easy as the lamp assembly can be removed from the top of the projector making maintenance simple even if the VS220 is ceiling mounted.

Warranty. The VS220 carries a warranty of one year.

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Comments (4) Post a Comment
Bryce McKay Posted May 10, 2013 4:35 PM PST
SVGA, seriously??? It's 2013 and projector manufacturers should be ashamed of releasing low resolution products in this day and age - many phones have a higher resolution! SVGA projectors should be limited to two stars for "Performance" as an embarrassment to the manufacturer.
Yins Posted May 11, 2013 8:55 AM PST
My point exactly. Projectors that come in SVGA resolution should no longer be produced by a manufacturer like Epson which means it goes backward instead of moving forward. With the new development in IT field, every manufacturer should try its best to keep up with it. Come on Epson, you can do better.
Dylan Posted Jun 28, 2013 6:58 AM PST
Even VGA projectors shouldn't be sold anymore. Name me one device that has a Native Resolution or Aspect Ratio that matches these projectors. Big surprise when the user thinks they got a deal and it forces their laptop into SVGA resolution...time machine, you're back in 1997. Epson should know better but end users want cheap and don't read and/or understand the specifications. Projector Central reviewers on the other hand do know better and should not be rating these highly and to be more honest should flat out call them obsolete.
Marilyn M Posted Oct 14, 2013 12:19 PM PST
FYI, there are MANY classrooms in the US in which the computers are old enough to use an SVGA projector.

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