Projectors light up large venues, with iOS, Android control
- By John Breeden II
- May 30, 2013
LCD projectors have always been a great way to display information to a large group of people at the same time. But the larger the group, the larger the room has to be, and the weaker most projectors become as tools.
Epson is trying to alleviate the concerns of presenters in large spaces with the new PowerLite 4000 series installation projectors, designed to light up even the largest venues. At the same time, these systems use the Epson iProjection app, which allows full control of the devices from any Apple iOS device running iOS 4.2 or later and most Android devices running Android 2.3 or later
The new line consists of three projectors. The PowerLite 4650, 4750W and 4855WU projectors deliver color accuracy, brightness and vivid images in full HD resolution, according to the company. Advanced features include Faroudja DCDi video processing, a centered lens design, up to 2X optical zoom and lens shift for flexible installation.
The PowerLite 4650 features XGA resolution and is capable of producing 5,200 lumens of raw light power. It will be available in July for $1,999.
The PowerLite 4750W is a wide-screen XGA model able to produce 4,200 lumens of raw power. It will also be available in July for $1,999.
While the 4650 and 4750W offer XGA resolution in either a standard or widescreen aspect ratio, the PowerLite 4855WU features a Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics Array at 1920 by 1200 resolution in a 16:10 screen aspect ratio. It will be available for purchase this summer for $2,999.
In addition to control via the Epson iProjection App, the new models have split-screen capability to display two images side-by-side, with three layout options so that video and presentation materials can run simultaneously from multiple inputs. A Faroudja DCDi video processor enhances video quality with deinterlacing, noise reduction and improved sharpness. And Epson Easy Management software allows for content delivery over a network, network monitoring, maintenance scheduling and e-mail alerts to be sent via local-area network.
John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.