Posted on April 4, 2009 Art Feierman
The Epson Powerlite 1725 is one of four similar projectors in the Epson lineup, each sporting a different combination of features. This allows you to pick the one that best meets your needs, and, of course, your budget.
Before we go further, ProjectorReviews.com has not physically reviewed the Epson Powerlite 1725. We recently reviewed the very similar, top of the line 1735W, which only differs from the 1725 in that it has widescreen (WXGA) resolution (1280×800). The links on this page will take you to the appropriate sections in the Powerlite 1735W projector review. On the remainder of this page, we will provide you with an overview of the Epson 1725. Rounding out the lineup, Epson also has the 1730W and 1720. The 1720 is very similar to the 1735W, but lacks wireless and wired networking and, like the 1725, has the more traditional XGA resolution (1024×768). The 1730W is basically identical to the 1720, but has widescreen WXGA resolution (1280×800).
The Powerlite 1725 is an extremely portable projector in a class often referred to as micro-portable. Weighing in just under four pounds, it is also very small, with a footprint about the same size as a standard sheet of paper.
While the 1725 is highly portable, being both small and light, it is also an extremely versatile projector, and as a result, it will appeal to many businesses, government agencies and schools as a low cost, rather bright projector for permanent installation.
The 1725’s ability to network with a PC or Mac either wired or wirelessly is a highly desirable feature that is happily being seen on more projectors these days. That capability is explained in detail in the full 1735W review. In addition to the standard wireless networking setup, a provided USB network key allows for a wireless connection to a single PC in seconds.
Not only does the 1725 accept a ceiling mount, but it is designed so that users can replace an aging lamp, without having to unmount the projector, if it is ceiling mounted. This is thanks to the lamp door being located on the top of this Epson projector, rather than on the bottom (where mounts attach), which is where most portable projectors put their lamp door.
This Epson Powerlite 1725 shares all of the features found on the Powerlite 1735W, except for the aforementioned widescreen resolution. You will find that the links above will take you to the appropriate sections of the 1735W projector review. Please use your Back button to return to this page. For those not needing widescreen resolution, the 1725 comes in with a price of $1449, exactly $200 less than the 1735W.
Interfacing on the 1725 is both versatile and easy. For PC’s you can connect in a number of ways, wired via USB or VGA and wirelessly via a wireless network or with a provided USB key. For Mac’s, you can connect wirelessly via a wireless network or wired via VGA (no USB). Also, for many Macs that have no VGA connector, such as MacBook Pro laptops, just connect using the Mac’s DVI to VGA adapter (standard with the Mac.) In addition the Epson Powerlite 1725 can run presentations off of an USB thumb drive, with no computer attached. Another nice touch is that the Epson Powerlite 1725’s remote can control presentations off your PC or Mac by a USB connection between the 1725 and the computer.
The top of the line Powerlite 1735W scored highly in many areas of use and performance. We expect all of those strengths to be shared by the Powerlite 1725. Please use the links to learn more about the common features and performance.
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