Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review

BrightLink 595Wi Pros and Cons

Brightlink 595Wi - Pros

  • Very bright 3300 lumens – enough to handle most classrooms, training rooms without difficulty
  • Exceptionally sharp image for an ultra short throw projector
  • Good to excellent color across all picture modes
  • Extensive built in interactive controls including both pens and fingers
  • Lot’s of supporting interactive software, templates, coursework, Apps
  • iOS and Android apps for BYOD use and interactivity
  • Of course, ultra short throw design, so as not to blind presenter, reduce installation costs
  • Powerful 16 watt speaker system to cover all but very large rooms
  • Audio out to easily interface with a room audio system or external powered speakers
  • Good remote control, in terms of layout, and range
  • Very good menu structure
  • Extensive, advanced networking, including Crestron RoomView compatible, capable of network (PC free) presentations, push notifications, monitoring…
  • Easy wireless networking, via optional plug-in module
  • Multiple Eco features – timers, to feel good and reduce operational costs
  • Lamp life is excellent at 4000 / 6000 hours, for low cost of operation
  • low lamp replacement cost for education market, plus long life keeps overall costs far below that of led or laser projectors
  • Extensive collection of inputs and connectors including 2 HDMI, 3 audio in, analog computer…
  • Digital zoom allows zooming in on a small area of the image
  • One HDMI supports MHL, which adds a whole extra level of access using mobile devices
  • Electronic Keystone correction with Quick Corner for quick setups
  • Auto calibration for the interactive screen makes quick work of keeping the touch positions accurately aligned with the image
  • Wall mounted above the projection surface (e.g., whiteboard) or mounted for projecting onto a table
  • Moderator software allows any four of 50 networked to computers to be displayed at once, great for collaboration or classwork
  • 2 year warranty with 2 years replacement is very good, Education gets 3 years of each, which qualifies as a really fine warranty – better than most others

 

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Brightlink 595Wi - Cons

  • Ultra short nature requires precise placement of projector to fill the projection surface accurately (no zoom, but no ultra short throws have optical zoom)
  • Remote lacks backlight
  • Contrast and black levels could be improved, although since normally used in not fully darkened rooms where the difference would be significant
  • At 11+ lbs, not particularly portable, which is too bad considering the great interactive capabilities
  • Not intended for simply placing the projector on a table as the interactive touch functions will not work with this configuration
  • Filters to change (not very often), which like replacing lamps is a factor in overall cost of operation/maintenance
  • Not inexpensive – ultra short throw design, feature laden, all adds up (but huge education discount really helps for schools)
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