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Epson PowerLite 745c Projector Epson PowerLite 745c
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400:1 Contrast Ratio
2500 Lumens
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Epson PowerLite 745c

Bill Livolsi, March 9, 2005

The Epson Powerlite 745c is a light, highly portable mobile presentation projector. It is unique in that it is currently the brightest projector on the market weighing under five pounds. But in addition to its exceptional light output, it has an extensive set of features that make it a powerful presentation tool for those on the go.

Product Overview

Specifications. 2500 ANSI lumens (reduced to 2000 in low-brightness mode), 400:1 contrast, native 4:3 full-frame format with three 1024x768 (XGA) resolution LCD panels.

Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, and computer resolutions up to XGA (1024x768). NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-N, PAL-M, PAL60, SECAM.

Lens and throw distance. 1.2 Manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal image from 11-13 ft., depending on zoom.

Lamp Life. 2000 hours in high brightness mode, 3000 in low brightness mode.

Connection Panel. One 15-pin VGA port that accepts both component and computer signals, one S-video, one composite video, One 1/8" audio jack to connect the onboard speaker, one each of USB-A and USB-B ports, one cardbus slot on the front of the unit for the included Wi-Fi card.

Installation options. Table, rear shelf mount, ceiling mount.

Warranty. Two years, 90 days for lamp.

Performance

When we first got our hands on this projector, the first thing we noticed was how bright it was given its compact form factor and 3.9 lb weight. Putting out over 2,000 lumens in high brightness mode, it produces more lumens per pound than any other projector on the market. For those who want a projector that packs a punch without a lot of weight, the 745c is worth a close look.

This is a projector designed specifically for quick set-up and high-quality mobile presentation. For that task it is well-designed. With the 745c in its case and a laptop in sleep mode we were able to get the 745c plugged in and projecting an image in a little under two minutes. Set up is even more rapid with the auto-keystoning option, which measures the tilt of the projector and compensates accordingly (for those who dislike any sort of image scaling whatsoever, this option can be turned off).

The menu system is simple, straightforward, and easy to navigate - though when changing settings, the escape button - not the enter button - confirms the change, leading to some initial confusion. The unit also saves the user's configuration and calibration settings automatically, and these settings are stored when the unit is unplugged.

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