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Epson Brightlink 1485Fi Business/Education Projector Review-Summary

Epson Brightlink 1485Fi Business/Education Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

The Epson Brightlink 1485Fi provides a native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution. The projector is powered by a 3LCD interactive laser display that provides well over its manufacturer’s claim of 5,000 lumens of color and white brightness along with a virtually maintenance-free 20,000-hour laser light source. There are no lamps on this projector. The 1485Fi is designed to be a reliable, bright interactive display that supports easy reading, instruction and communication. The 1485Fi projects up to a 100-inch, 16:9 image or a super-wide, up-to-120 inch, 16:6 image. The 1485Fi offers up to 95-percent more interactive space than a 75″ flat panel.

Quite honestly with the brightness that this projector displays I think you could easily project a larger image than Epson suggests in order to accommodate larger classrooms and meeting rooms. But that’s just my opinion. Try it out before you lock into a screen and maybe you will agree with me.

The Brightlink 1485Fi has just about every type of input you could need, and its single cable solution to the HDBase-T box is incredibly convenient. And if that’s not enough for you, the 1485Fi offers Wi-Fi connectivity, and supports Miracast, which lets you “cast” the screen of any compatible mobile device onto the projection screen. The 1485Fi also supports Epson’s iProjection software that does much the same thing from Android, iOS, Windows, and MacOS devices—up to 50 devices at once!

In addition, the Brightlink 1485Fi is an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector, which means it is designed to be placed within inches of the screen wall. The advantage of this is that no one can walk into the light beam and cast a shadow on the image. The projectors can be placed on a desk or other surface below the screen, or mounted on the wall above the screen, with an optional wall mount.

All of the new education models are covered by a 3-year warranty. Epson also offers the Brighter Futures program, a sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms, while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, dedicated Education Account Managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories. As if that wasn’t enough, Epson is also including a 1-year subscription to their SMART Learning Suite, which includes support.

The Epson 1485Fi is a great addition to Epsons norm shattering line of white board projectors. Epson has built a projector that takes collaboration to a new level and, though they could not have foreseen the current Covid effects on business and education, the 1485Fi is an even more valuable tool for today’s normal. In both schools and companies around the world limited on site staff and remote staff can collaborate more effectively, and safely, than ever before.

The Epson 1485Fi is a well thought out, intelligently featured projector that has proven itself ready to take on the challenge of collaborative learning in both the classroom and boardroom even in our current situation. I highly recommend you take a close look at the 1485Fi as your collaborative projector solution.

PROS

Pros

  • 5,000 Lumens
  • $3,390.00 List Price
  • 1080p (1920 x 1200) Full HD laser display 
  • 3LCD, 3-chip technology
  • Solid-state laser light source 20,000 hours (Normal), 30,000 hours (Extended)
  • Projects, 100″, 16:9 or super-wide 120″, 16:6 images
  • Contrast Ratio up to 2,500,000:1
  • Sealed Light Path – Virtually Maintenance Free
  • PC Free Digital Whiteboard
  • Touch and Pen Enabled for Easy Operation 
  • Eight User Simultaneous Collaboration
  • HDBaseT Control Pad
  • Built-In Wireless 
  • Free Epson iProjection Software 
  • Miracast Support for Peer-To-Peer Wireless Connectivity
  • SMART Learning Suite, 1-year Subscription and Support

Cons

  • No backlit remote
  • Softening of the image edges because of short throw lens
  • Would have preferred more dynamic audio capabilites

We would like to thank Epson for sponsoring the 2021-2022 Education Report and Guide!