Posted on April 4, 2009 By Art Feierman
The Epson Powerlite 1730W 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 1730W. We recently reviewed the almost identical, top of the line 1735W, which, in addition, supports sophisticated, and easy to set up wireless and wired networking. The links on this page will take you to the appropriate sections in the Powerlite 1735W projector review. The remainder of this page, will provide you with an overview of the Epson 1730W, as well as discuss some of the differences between it, and the reviewed Epson Powerlite 1735W. Rounding out the lineup, Epson has the 1720 and 1725, which are basically identical to the 1730W and 1735W respectively, but have the more traditional XGA resolution (1024×768).
The Powerlite 1730W 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.
Of particular note, the Powerlite 1730W is a widescreen projector. Over recent years, more and more computers (led by laptops) are widescreen. Because of that, we are finally seeing a significant selection of widescreen projectors to match up with them. The 1730W is native 1280×800, which is also the standard resolution for widescreen laptops – an excellent fit.
While the 1730W 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.
Not only does the 1730W 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. The 1730W also has a black case, whereas the 1735W comes in white.
This Epson Powerlite 1730W shares most of the features found on the Powerlite 1735W, except for those relating to networking. 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 networking capability and the related features and benefits, the 1730W comes in with a price of $1499, exactly $150 less than the 1735W.
Interfacing on the 1730W is both versatile and easy. For PC’s or Macs you can connect via VGA and 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 1730W’s remote can control presentations off your PC or Mac by a USB connection between the 1730W 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 1730W. Please use the links to learn more about the common features and performance.
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