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Epson PowerLite 109W Business/Education Projector Review – Hardware

Epson PowerLite 109W Business/Education Projector Review – Hardware: Overview, Inputs and Connectors, The Lens

Overview

The Epson PowerLite 109W is a portable projector for business and education applications, measuring 11.6 inches wide, 10.2 inches deep, and 3.5 inches tall and weighing just over 6 pounds. A typical installation for this projector would likely be ceiling mounted or sitting on a table top. As it’s not practical for us to mount every projector that comes in for review, I will be describing the projector as it appears when looking at it on a table top.

The front of the projector houses the recessed lens. It has a nice shutter over the lens to protect it from dust and acts as an A/V Mute. The shutter is accessible via a small slider above the lens, on the top of the projector. Behind that, you’ll find the manual zoom and focus controls, as well as the horizontal keystone slider. Also on the front is the hot air exhaust vent. The top of the projector has the air filter cover, the control panel, and the lamp cover.

On the right side of the projector, there is the air filter vent and a slot for the Kensington security lock. The back of the projector has all of the inputs and connectors – of which there are plenty, even some old school – and the single 16-watt speaker. The two feet on the back are adjustable. Now, let’s talk about that inputs panel.

Inputs and Connectors

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The PowerLite 109W has good connectivity – it even has some old-school inputs. The top row of connectors, starting from left to right, has a USB Type-A and Type-B, a wired LAN port, a VGA connector with its own audio input, and two HDMIs – one with MHL. The second row has the old-school component video hookups with a Mic In port, which are next to that audio input for the VGA signal, followed by a second Computer VGA connector and its own audio input. Below that, there’s the RS-232C connector for command and control, and a Monitor Out paired with an Audio Out port.

The Lens

The Epson PowerLite 109W has a good zoom ratio of 1.30:1. The lens is recessed and has a sliding door to protect from dust, but also serves a dual function as an A/V Mute. The lever for that is located on the top of the projector, right in front of the manual zoom and focus wheel. Both of those controls are smooth.

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