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EPSON PowerLite 73c - Solid Performance at Value Pricing

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Epson PowerLite 73c Projector Epson PowerLite 73c
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500:1 Contrast Ratio
1500 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

Product: EPSON PowerLite 73c LCD Projector

Pros: Comprehensive feature set offers flexibility; easy out-of-box operation

Cons: Lower lamp life than comparable models; no on-board menu access

Summary: Epson's 73c is a solid performer with a comprehensive feature set that makes it suitable for a variety of presentation situations.

MSRP: $3,249 -- Street Price: $1,899

User Experience:

For those of you that are new to projection equipment, don't let the comprehensive input panel on the 6.4-pound Epson PowerLite 73c overwhelm you. What all those connections bring you is flexibility. You'll be able to connect the projector to a computer, laptop, external monitor, DVD player, VCR, gaming console, camcorder and more. Included in the package you'll find a Quick Setup guide to get first-time users up and running for presentations using a laptop in minutes. There is also a comprehensive User's Guide and cables for computer (VGA), RCA A/V and USB mouse operation. If you've ever gone hunting for a misplaced remote, you'll be happy to know that the credit card-sized remote control can be stored right on the projector. On the 73c, it will be especially important to keep track of the remote since it is the only way to access most of the menu operations. IR receivers on both front and back of the unit will make remote operation easy from nearly anywhere in the room. As with most remotes, the maximum operating distance is 20 feet. A cable lock feature is included for the security-conscious. A padded carrying case doubles as convenient storage for the projector and its accessories. With all projectors, it's important to minimize exposure to dust, extreme temperatures and rough treatment.

After power up and connection, manual zoom and focus rings allow for easy image adjustment. If you are not able to position the projector to achieve a squared-up image, the 73c comes preset with the Auto Keystone feature enabled. If you prefer to make a manual adjustment, change the option via the Setting tab on the projector menu. The 73c offers ±15 degrees vertical digital keystone correction. The 73c also comes with 2 spring-loaded, retractable front feet so you can get additional height if needed.

Fan noise is a little above average compared to similarly-featured units. Heat vents to the front of the unit. This is a mixed blessing. On the positive side, fan noise will be less perceptible to your viewing audience. However you may notice some image distortion from heat waves rising in front of the lens. Whenever possible, use the economy lamp mode to increase lamp life, reduce heat generation and reduce fan noise.

If you run into difficulties with either the image or sound, you can use the 73c's on-board troubleshooting feature. On-screen menus take you through several common problems and display solutions.

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