Posted on April 1, 2020 By Nikki Zelinger
BenQ EW800ST Smart Classroom Projector Review – Hardware: Hardware Overview, Inputs and Connectors, The Lens
The BenQ EW800ST is a compact projector, measuring 11.65″ wide, 4.72″ tall, 9.84″ deep, and weighing just under 6 lbs. This makes the projector extra portable, so this BenQ can be shared amongst classrooms or taken from conference room to conference room.
The air intake vent is located on the right side of the projector when facing the lens.
The hot air exhaust vent is located on the left side of the projector when facing the lens.
The top of the projector has the manual focus control for the lens, the control panel, and cover for the lamp chamber.
The BenQ EW800ST has a simple inputs panel, but with all the connectors one might need in a typical K-12 classroom environment. I would’ve liked to see more than one HDMI, as many teachers connect their computer via HDMI and an external video source, such as a DVD or BluRay player.
Luckily, the projector has Wi-Fi connectivity, so that computer can connect over Wi-Fi. Some schools do not have reliable Wi-Fi, however, and your school’s Wi-Fi signal is something you should take into consideration when buying such a projector for your district’s classrooms.
The BenQ EW800ST’s lens is located on the front right of the projector, and is fixed. A fixed lens has no zoom capabilities, so placement of the projector must be precise to achieve the desired size of the projected image. I have created a chart below with the recommended placement of the projector for both a 16:10 screen, and a 4:3 screen if that is what you have currently installed in your classrooms.
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