Coinciding with the opening of the 2020 FETC: Future of Education Technology Conference in Miami Beach this week, Epson announced seven new PowerLite projectors targeted at the event's audience of K-12 educators. They cover a range of lumen outputs, resolution, and connectivity options, but all are designed to increase student engagement and support collaboration.
The new PowerLite series projectors use Epson's 3LCD technology and consequently boast equal color and white brightness. The lumen outputs ranges from 3,400 lumens (model E20) up to 4,200 lumens (model 982W), enough to display bright images in rooms with lights on. Lamp life in ECO Mode is rated at up to 17,000 hours (10,000 while in normal mode).
Resolution for the models E20, X49, and 118 is XGA, a 4:3 resolution with 1024 x 768 pixels. The models W49, 119W, and 982W projectors up that resolution to WXGA— an increase to 1280x800 pixels at an aspect ratio of 16:10. The PowerLite 992F has the highest resolution of the group—1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)—and includes Miracast screen mirroring technology and integrated wireless connectivity.
All of the projectors, except for the E20, have an RJ-45 connector and optional wireless. When on the school network, the projectors can use Epson's iProjection app that allows users to wirelessly project images on the projectors from their Chromebook, Mac, PC, iOS or Android devices. Up to 50 devices can be connected. With the built-in moderator feature, up to four devices can display content simultaneously.
Availability for the projectors varies. The PowerLite E20 will be released in April and the PowerLite 992F will be released in July, while the other models (X49, W49, 118, 119W, and 982W) all come out in June. Pricing for all models will be announced in March. All Epson PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty, or three years if purchased through the Brighter Futures program. The warranty includes phone support and a replacement program that exchanges products in one business day with paid shipping should the need arise.