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Epson Powerlite 1735W Wireless Portable Projector Review

Posted on February 8, 2009 by Art Feierman

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Epson PowerLite 1725 Specs
Price 1449
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1024x768
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 3000
Contrast 2,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.2:1
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 4000 hours low power (eco-mode), 3000 hours at full lamp power
Weight 3.96
Warranty 2 Years Parts and Labor with 2 year overnight replacement program

Epson Powerlite 1735W Projector Highlights

  • Lightweight – under 4 lbs., and extremely portable - and comes with a soft carry case
  • High Brightness – 3000 lumens
  • Plug 'n Play — USB connection projects video and plays audio from a PC
  • Dynamic iris for improved video performance in Theatre and Gaming modes
  • Flexibility - Windows Vista® Network Projector compatible
  • USB Projection Capability – Presentations can be done without a computer from a USB thumb drive
  • Excellent wireless networking features
  • Lacks a digital video input (either DVI or HDMI)
  • Rapid Power up and nearly instant shut off
  • Very good price performance for a projector in this class

Epson Powerlite 1735W Projector Overview

The Epson Powerlite 1735W is a lightweight (4 lbs.), micro-portable widescreen WXGA (1280 X 800) LCD projector with a host of features that make it adaptable to the boardroom, conference room or classroom. Thanks to its small size and light weight, though, it is first and foremost, a sophisticated, and bright portable projector for the serious presenter, especially those "road warriors" that need to travel with their own projector.  The 1735W can be connected to a PC (or Mac) via the traditional VGA cable (or DVI to VGA for Mac users), USB or wireless 802.11 a/b/g.  It has specified output of 3000 lumens and a 1.2 zoom lens, as well as digital zooming.
The 1735W shares many if its features and performance with the previously reviewed, but much larger Powerlite 1815p, but adds native WXGA display.

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Epson also offers the Powerlite 1725, which has all the features of the 1735, but with traditional XGA (1024 X 768) resolution.

Also in Epson's 17xx series projectors, are the Powerlite 1730W, essentially the same as the 1735W, but without the wireless networking, and the 1720, a non-wireless version of the 1725. If one looks at the current Epson 17xx series, they will find that all four models offer 3000 lumens of brightness. The older 17xx projectors these replace also consisted of XGA and WXGA projectors, some with wireless, but with lumen ratings from 2200 to 2700 lumens. Another key difference, is that the older ones offered a pr etty much industry standard 2000 hours of operation in with lamp on full power, and 3000 hours on low power. The Powerlite 1735W, and the other new models all claim 3000 hours in full power, and 4000 in low power mode, which definitely reduces the cost of ownership.

The 1735W’s light weight and size (and this is true of the other projectors in the series) makes it extremely portable (11.2" wide, 7.9" front to back, and 2.8" high - and that includes its feet).  In terms of footprint that's about the same as a standard sheet of paper. It could easily fit under an airplane seat along with your laptop, but it is also set up for easy fixed installation in a conference room. The image here, shows a pen, and also the USB key sitting on top of the 1735W, to give you size perspective.

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