Epson Powerlite Pro G5200NL Wired Networking 3LCD Projector Review

A detailed review of this Epson lightweight wireless portable projector. Proofing and some more material will be added shortly. Additional commentary to Mike’s review, provided by Art.

Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL Widescreen WXGA 3LCD Projector

The Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL is one of three similar projectors in the Epson Pro lineup. Each has a different combination of features, thus allowing the customer to choose the projector that best fulfills his or her needs, without paying for unwanted features.

First, we should mention that ProjectorReviews.com has not physically reviewed the Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL. We recently reviewed the similar, top of the line G5350NL, which differs from the G5200WNL in that it is an XGA (1024 X768) projector, has a higher lumen rating (5000 lumens versus the G5200’s 4200 lumen rating), has USB and SD card projection capabilities and offers wireless networking. Links on this page will take you to the appropriate sections in the Powerlite Pro G5350NL projector review. The remainder of this page will provide you with an overview of the Epson Powerlite Pro G5200WNL. Rounding out the lineup, Epson has another XGA model available, the G5150NL, which is identical to the G5350 except that it uses a different lamp rated at 4000 lumens.

 

Epson Powerlite Pro G5200NL Wired Networking 3LCD Projector Overview

The Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL is a high brightness (4200 lumen rating), WXGA (1280 X 800) LCD projector that is intended for permanent installation in a boardroom or conference room. However, it is light enough (15 lbs.) and its positioning is flexible enough (horizontal and vertical lens shift) to be used on a cart for more portable presentation needs. The G5200WNL has a great number of connection possibilities for a PC (or Mac) via the traditional VGA cable (or DVI to VGA for Mac users), component video (including 5 BNC and HD15), HDMI and a LAN port for wired networking.

Epson networking capabilities are included in the G5200 to enhance the projector’s flexibility in presentations, as well as monitoring the projector’s status. These networking capabilities includes the ability to allow others on the network to display images and video from their computers, as well as allowing for monitoring the projector’s status, scheduled maintenance and problem notification remotely. See the G5350 for more information on the G5200’s wired networking capabilities. Unlike the other two models in the lineup, the G5200 does not offer optional wireless networking.

The G5200WNL does not come with a lens (hence the “NL” designation), instead giving the customer the option of choosing a lens that works best for their needs. As such, Epson offers a choice of five bayonet-style lenses to choose from. There is a standard lens (which was used for the G5350 review), a long throw zoom lens, two middle throw lenses and a wide lens for rear projection applications. By choosing the appropriate lens, the projector can display a 100” wide (125” diagonal) image at distances ranging from as little as 10’-10” (130”) or a far as 60’ (720”), though the recommended maximum distance is 47.8’. List prices on these lenses are $1399 for the standard lens and $1899 for the other lenses.

The G5200 is rated at 4200 lumens. While this will likely vary greatly depending on the lens used, our tests of the G5350 would lead us to believe that the G5200 will likely not achieve that rated output. With the G5350, which is rated at 5000 lumens, we measured a maximum 4471 lumens. While not close to its 5000 lumen rating, it was still very bright. Based on this we would expect the G5200 to measure at least 3700 lumens, which is bright enough for many applications.

The G5200 has Epson’s excellent warranty coverage. This includes a three-year parts and service warranty on the projector and a 90-day warranty on the lamp, as well as their Extra Care Road Service. With the Extra Care Road Service plan, 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. When the replacement unit arrives, you simply use the prepaid airway bill and packaging provided to send the defective projector back to Epson. For questions and problems not requiring warranty service, there is also a PrivateLine technical support card with a special phone number and PIN for fast access to a support technician.

The Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL has a street price of around $4500 (about $500 less than the G5350), so if you don’t need the wireless networking and USB/SD card projection capabilities of the G5350, the G5200 is a wise choice.

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