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Epson BrightLink 436Wi
Interactive WXGA Projector

Marc Davidson, April 8, 2013

Limitations

Have to touch the screen to interact. The 436Wi's interactive pen will let you move the mouse cursor or the interactive mode cursor if you're within about a foot of the screen, but unlike the pens with most DLP interactive projectors, it has to touch the screen, to activate the switch in the pen tip, to write or register mouse clicks. This limits it to working with screens with a hard backing, and it means you have to stand near the screen to interact.

No 3D. With at least limited PC-based 3D support all but standard in DLP data projectors today and even starting to show up in LCD projectors, the lack of 3D in the 436Wi counts as a small minus. If you have no plans to use 3D content in the near future, this won't matter at all, but if you want 3D, you'll obviously have to look elsewhere.

Conclusion

The 436Wi offers more than enough to earn your attention if you're in the market for a 1280x800 interactive short throw projector. In addition to excellent data image quality, better than par video quality, and a suitably bright image, it offers a slew of welcome interactive features, including automatic calibration, the ability to use two pens simultaneously, and the PC-free mode that lets you interact with any image from any source or use the projector as a whiteboard.

It also gets lots of points for not dropping in brightness for interactive use, for it's flexible connection choices, and for having a useful audio system with acceptable quality and enough volume for a large room.

If you need a projector for 3D content, the lack of 3D support will be an issue, but in most cases that won't matter. In every other way, the 436Wi is one of the most capable short throw interactive projectors at this writing, and at least arguably the most capable. It certainly belongs on your short list, and to call it an excellent choice would be an understatement.

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