The Epson PowerLite 1785W is a WXGA (1280x800) 3LCD projector intended for the traveling professional, classroom, or anyone who needs to wow their audience on-the-go. This $899 projector is set to impress with a brightness claim of 3,200 white and color lumens for vivid color, which is great for rooms with little control over ambient light.
Its convenient wireless connectivity provides for a quick and easy setup to existing networks, and it even accepts connection directly from your smart device; incredibly convenient in this day-and-age where students are more likely to have their classroom presentation stored on their smart phone than “old fashioned” flash drive.
The Epson PowerLite 1785W is part of a family of portable projectors – Epson has by far the widest variety of projectors of any manufacturer and currently has the largest market share of all projector manufactures. The PowerLite 1700 series of ultra-slim, portable business and education projectors includes the 1785W, which we are reviewing here. Its siblings include: the 1795F, a HD 1080p version with a list price $100 more; the 1781W, WXGA (it’s virtually identical to the 1785W, but with a black cabinet) at $799; and the 1780W, also WXGA with a brightness of 3,000 lumens at a cost of $749.
This review of the Epson PowerLite 1785W portable projector will begin with a short overview and some highlights. We’ll move on to a list and discussion of some of the special features this unit offers, followed by a tour of the hardware. We’ll discuss picture quality in the different color modes and dive into how well this projector performed and if it met our expectations as I took it for a spin. We’ll sum it all up on the final summary page; by that point you should know if the Epson PowerLite 1785W meets your needs for as a portable wireless WXGA business and education projector.