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Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review

Posted on April 23, 2014 by Mike Cherichetti

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ASK Proxima E1655U Specs
Price 5999
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1920x1200
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 5000
Contrast 2,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.60:1
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 3000 hours
Weight 23.8
Warranty 3 years or 3000 hours Parts and Labor on projector, One year or 1000 hours on lamp

Overview of the ASK Proxima E1655U Projector

The Ask Proxima E1655U is a high brightness (5000 lumen rating), high resolution (WUXGA - 1920 X 1200) LCD projector that is targeted for use in a large venue like an auditorium or lecture hall.  The E1655U has a complete set of connection options for a PC, Mac and other video sources, including the traditional VGA cable, DVI-D, HDMI, 5-BNC component video, S-video, composite video and network presentation.  For reliability, the E1655U features a dual-path cooling system that keeps heat buildup to a minimum and a hybrid air filter to keep the cooling air flow clean.

The E1655U  is network connectable, allowing for control of one or more networked projectors, as well as monitoring the projector’s status, scheduled maintenance and problem notification remotely.  The E1655U also has closed captioning for the presenter that requires a text display of the audio portion of the presentation.

The E1655U comes with a standard zoom lens, but the customer the option of choosing between four additional lenses.  The E1655U also features a dual-path cooling system that allows the internals of the projector to stay cooler (and thus promote longer life) than some of the competition.  Another welcome feature is not only power lens shift and zoom, but power focus as well.  There are also multiple closed captioning channels available.  All of the previous features are explained in more detail in the Special Features section of this review.

The E1655U is one of three similar projectors in the E1000 series.  The other two models are the E1655 - an XGA (1024 X 768) projector rated at 6500 lumens and the E1655W - a WXGA (1280 X 800) projector rated at 6000 lumens.  All of the E1000 series projectors have vertical and horizontal lens shift, can use the same interchangeable lenses and have the same networking capabilities.  Only the E1655U has a DVI-D input.


  • Excellent Brightness – 5000 lumen rating
  • Flexibility of installation – Vertical and horizontal lens shift, plus choice of four optional lenses
  • Motorized lens shift and zoom
  • Wired network control and monitoring
  • Dual-path cooling with hybrid air filter
  • Ability to project in a 360° orientation

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

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