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Epson Brightlink 585Wi Projector Review - Pros and Cons

Posted on May 16, 2014 by Art Feierman

Brightlink 585Wi - Pros

  • Very bright 3300 – handle most classrooms, training rooms without difficulty
  • Exceptionally sharp image for an ultra short throw projector
  • Good to excellent color across all picture modes
  • Extensive built in interactive controls
  • Lot’s of supporting interactive software, templates, coursework, Apps
  • iOS and Android apps for BYOD use and interactivity
  • Of course, ultra short throw design, so as not to blind presenter, reduce installation costs
  • Powerful 16 watt speaker system to cover all but very large rooms
  • Audio out to easily interface with a room audio system or external powered speakersGood remote control, in terms of layout, and range
  • Very good menu structure
  • Extensive, advanced networking, including Crestron RoomView compatible, capable of network (PC free) presentations, push notifications, monitoring…
  • Easy wireless networking, via plug in module (which is included)
  • Multiple Eco features – timers, to feel good and reduce operational costs
  • Lamp life is excellent at 4000 / 6000 hours, for low cost of operation
  • $79 lamp replacement cost for education market, plus life keeps overall costs far below that of led or laser projectors
  • Extensive collection of inputs and connectors including 2 HDMI. 3 audio in, two computer…
  • Digital zoom allows zooming in on a small area of the screen
  • One HDMI supports MHL, which adds a whole extra level of access using mobile devices
  • Keystone correction with Quick Corner for quick setups
  • At home table top, wall mounted above the projection surface, or mounted directly to a whiteboard, drafting table, conventional table
  • Moderator software allows any four of 50 networked to computers to be displayed at once, great for collaboration or classwork
  • 2 year warranty with 2 years replacement is very good, Education gets 3 years of each, which qualifies as a really fine warranty - better than most offer.
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Brightlink 585Wi - Cons

  • Ultra short nature requires precise placement of projector to fill the projection surface accurately (no zoom, but no ultra short throws have optical zoom)
  • Remote lacks backlight
  • Contrast and black levels could be improved, although since normally used in not fully darkened rooms where the difference would be significant
  • At 11+ lbs, not particularly portable, which is too bad considering the great interactive capabilities
  • Filters to change (not very often), which like replacing lamps is a factor in overall cost of operation/maintenance
  • Not inexpensive – ultra short throw design, feature laden, all adds up (but huge education discount really helps for schools)
  • Lacks the even more impressive finger touch control found on the Brightlink 595Wi


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