Epson Powerlite 1735W Wireless Portable Projector Review

Epson Powerlite 1735W Portable Projector - Warranty

The 1735W has a two year parts and service warranty on the projector and a 90-day warranty on the lamp.  While that, by itself, is a good, if not exceptional, warranty, Epson also includes what they call their Extra Care Road Service.  If the projector fails and you can’t wait for it to be repaired, regardless of where you are in the U.S. or Canada, a phone call to Epson will send a replacement projector on its way to you, via overnight delivery  When the replacement unit arrives, you simply use the prepaid airway bill and packaging provided to send the defective projector back to Epson.

In addition, each 1735W comes with a PrivateLine technical support card with a special phone number and PIN for fast access to a support technician.  I had the opportunity to try out this feature and was connected to a tech support person in less than 30 seconds.

Epson Powerlite 1735W Projector: Bottom Line

I was very impressed with the Epson 1735W.  It does everything a good multimedia projector should, has decent brightness, excellent portability and terrific (and painless) wireless networking.  Using the USB network key, connecting wirelessly to the 1735W is as easy as turning on your computer.

Colors are deep and rich, making this a great projector for photo presentations and the quality of its video reproduction is very pleasing to the eye as well.

The 1735W comes with a travel bag that holds the projector and all of its cables and accessories.  That’s good, because its light weight and easy setup make it a natural for those who travel a lot, making presentations at each stop.  It can also be permanently mounted in a small boardroom or classroom, while maintain easy access to controls, lamp and air filter.

At an MAP (minimum advertised price) of $1649, the 1735W offers a low cost solution to the presentation road warrior, or an affordable installation projector loaded with features.  Consider its Road Service replacement plan and it’s an unqualified winner.

Epson Powerlite 1735W Portable Projector: Pros

  • Excellent brightness for a portable projector, with almost 3000 lumens – one of the very brightest under 5 pound projectors available
  • Excellent overall image with native resolution or lower resolutions, and excellent color accuracy
  • Painless wireless network connectivity
  • Very Portable and Lightweight – under 4 lbs., comes withs soft carry case
  • Good warranty and excellent support via Road Service program
  • Quick power up and can be unplugged immediately after powering down
  • Ability to display full speed video (up to 30fps) over the wireless connection (with limitations)
  • Ability to display presentation without a computer via a USB storage device
    On board interactive help
  • If mounted, both lamp and filter can be changed without unmounting the projector
  • Ability to connect to a computer via USB
  • Audio output capability with volume controlled by the remote
  • Networking abilities including email notification for maintenance and mechanical problems, as well as presenting from other computers on the network
  • Impressively full featured for such a small, lightweight portable business projector
  • Very good price performance
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Epson Powerlite 1735W Portable Projector: Cons

  • No digital (HDMI or DVI) input (our biggest complaint) This is more the rule, than the exception in projectors in this size and weight class
  • Limited zoom (1.2:1) – although this amount of zoom is typical on small portable projectors
  • Remote has too many buttons the same size clustered together
  • Has dust filter that must be maintained (as do other LCD projectors), however, most competing DLP projectors do not have filters to deal with
  • Some limitations in terms of video display ability over wireless connection
  • Full user manual provided only on disc. Better would be to provide hard copy as well, especially as the projector supports computer free presenting, so the presenter may not have a computer with them

Epson Powerlite 1735W Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Length of warranty
  • Documentation – actually pretty good, but lack of hard copy manual, can be a nuisance
  • Small 1 watt speaker provides adequate sound for presenting in smaller rooms (that’s also typical for this sized projector, and even some larger ones)

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