Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review

The Epson PowerLite 99w provides a bright, sharp image with good color accuracy (in some of the available color modes).  It is easy to set up with its 1.2:1 zoom lens plus vertical and horizontal keystone correction adjustments.  It offers some very bright modes that will allow it to used in a classroom with moderately bright lighting.   The projector can be either table mounted or ceiling mounted and is small enough to be considered a portable projector that could easily be moved between classrooms or conference rooms.

 

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Pros

  • very sharp display with good focus over the entire image
  • only minor color fringing visible on displayed text, even when viewed up close, indicating  good alignment of LCD panels and also good optics with a low level of  chromatic aberration
  • excellent readability of text and presentation graphics
  • excellent scaling from higher resolution inputs down to the native display resolution
  • can display photos or slide shows directly from a USB flash drive
  • high light output (~2000 lumens) possible even in modes with good color accuracy and even brighter modes available with greater than 3000 lumens of light output
  • multiple Epson projectors can be controlled and managed from a central PC using the supplied software
  • moderator software allows classroom collaboration with the display of the content from up to 4 devices (e.g., laptops or mobile devices) using a split screen display  (requires optional wireless network adapter to enable use with of mobile devices)
  • presentations can be controlled via a mobile Android or iOS device (requires optional wireless network adapter)
  • content from mobile devices can be directly displayed by the PowerLite 99W (requires optional wireless network adapter)
  • very good reception coverage of the IR signals from the supplied remote control enabled by the projector having IR receivers on both the front and rear panels
  • built-in 16 watt speaker, with better than average sound quality, and a microphone input provide good audio capabilities for use in a moderate size class room or conference room
  • has both automatic/manual vertical and manual horizontal keystone correction adjustments for when the projector cannot be positioned at the ideal location relative to the screen.
  • long lamp life with up to 5000 hours in normal mode and 6000 hours in eco mode

 

Cons

  • remote can be difficult to operate in a dark room, since it has no backlight
  • dust filter that must be maintained
  • a relatively high black level and a modest contrast ratio means this projector is not the ideal choice for critical video viewing (such as might be desired for a film arts class) in a darkened room with good light control.
  • moderately high fan noise level when operated in normal mode

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This projector review is included in our 2014-2015 Best Classroom Projectors Report, which is sponsored by Epson America.

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