Epson BrightLink 710Ui Interactive Projector Review – Summary

Epson BrightLink Interactive Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

The BrightLink 710Ui has an impressive set of inputs and connectors, as well as an attractive cable cover to hide the many cables that will be protruding from the projector. There are three HDMIs, one of which has MHL for streaming. There are two USB Type-A ports and a single USB Type-B port. In between the USBs and the HDMIs is an input for wired LAN. The projector also has a SYNC In/Out connector next to the TCH port for connecting the interactive Touch Unit that will help create the interactive surface in conjunction with the built-in interactive camera. The 710Ui has VGA connectors, Audio Outs, and Composite Video ports. Of course, there is also a connector for old-school command and control (RS232C) and the port for the Wireless dongle (sold separately).



Epson BrightLink 710Ui Inputs and Connectors
The Epson BrightLink 710Ui has all the inputs and connectors you'll need for your education applications.

The Epson BrightLink 710Ui has five color modes (Dynamic, Presentation, Cinema, sRGB, and Blackboard), all of which have excellent color. Even Dynamic, the projector’s brightest mode, was one of the better brightest modes I’ve seen on business and education projectors to date. With Presentation mode measuring just a few hundred lumens below, there really is no need to use Dynamic – only as your “break glass in case of emergency” mode, when there truly is too much ambient light and you need all the extra lumens you can get. Presentation mode is definitely more true to color than Dynamic, and I would consider it and Cinema mode to be the projector’s best modes.



So how does the Epson BrightLink 710Ui differ from the less-expensive BrightLink 696Ui I reviewed last year? Size, for one thing. The 710Ui is 19.5” x 17.3” x 6.8” and weighs 24.7 pounds, while the 696Ui is 18.7” x 17.6” x 5.1” and weighs 18.3 pounds. The BrightLink 710Ui also has more lumen output, with a 4,000 lumen claim versus the BrightLink 696Ui’s 3,800 lumen claim. Both measured over, with the 710Ui having 5,904 in its brightest mode and the 696Ui having 3,963. That makes the BrightLink 710Ui a better choice for classrooms where there is a lot of unmanageable ambient light.

Another major difference between the two lies in the rated light engine life – the 710Ui can last up to 20,000 hours at full power, 30,000 in ECO mode, whereas the 696Ui has a light engine life of 5,000 hours at full power, 10,000 in ECO. The BrightLink 710Ui will save on maintenance costs in the long run, more than justifying its higher ticket price. The contrast ratio also differs drastically between the two, with the 710Ui having 2,500,000:1 and the 696Ui, 16,000:1. That means deeper blacks on the BrightLink 710Ui, which I can confirm through testing.



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Pros

  • Measured Over 4,000-Lumen Claim – 5,904 in Dynamic Mode
  • $3,499 List Price – Brighter Futures Education Program knocks the price down to $2,699
  • WUXGA Resolution (1920 x 1200) – Impressively sharp!
  • Laser Light Engine – Light engine life of up to 20,000 hours
  • High Contrast Ratio of 2,500,000:1
  • 8-Point Touch – Two pens, six fingertips
  • 70” to 100” Diagonal Projection for Interactive Features
  • Redemption Code for SMART Learning Suite
  • iProjection Compatible – Connect up to 50 devices (Chromebook, PC, Mac, iOS and Android) simultaneously
  • Two-Way Content Sharing – Share content from the projector to devices that are connected and control which device’s screen to display; students can make changes and notes to send back to the projector
  • DuoLink – Allows side by side installation of two BrightLink projectors to create a larger, seamless interactive surface (up to 177” diagonally)
  • PC-Free Annotation – Two modes: Built-in Annotation and Built-In Whiteboard
  • Digital Zoom – Digitally zoom into the content to focus on a specific section of the image
  • 16 Watt Mono Speaker – Loud enough for larger classroom environments
  • Wireless Networking
  • Crestron Ready
  • Instant On/Off Function



Cons

  • No EdgeBlending – This would have been a nice feature to use with the DuoLink function so that the two projectors would not have to be placed with such accuracy
  • Loud fan – 38db
  • Cannot sit on a table and use the interactive features – must be inverted or vertical.
  • Cable cover is annoying because you have to unscrew two screws to get it off instead of an easy-release lever (this is a complaint I had with the 696Ui as well)


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