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Epson PowerLite 1985WU Projector Review

Posted on January 4, 2015 by Art Feierman

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Epson PowerLite 1985 Specs
Price 1999
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1920x1200
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 4800
Contrast 10000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.63:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 3000
Weight 10.2
Warranty 2 years overnight replacement

Powerlite 1985WU Overview

There used to be a time, not very long ago, when if you needed  say 4000 lumens (twice what was typically used in auditoriums a decade or so ago), you spent a small fortune on a projector that was not only bright but loaded with features, including very expensive interchangeable lenses (and lens shift), that many people who needed the brightness did not require.  In fact, typically a long or short throw lens for one of those projectors still costs more than this new Epson projector.

That's the point of the Powerlite 1985WU, which is the flagship of Epson's 1900 series, and highest resolution projector at 1920x1200 - WUXGA!  If maximum placement flexibility isn't a requirement, this projector may be just right.  It still has advanced networking and an impressive list of capabilities, but at under $2000 instead of more like $5000+.

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In other words, the Powerlite 1985WU is Epson's top of the line, highest resolution, high volume, affordable projector.  It should work well in university classrooms, large corporate rooms for training and meetings, board rooms and small auditoriums.

So, what we have here, is a very serious WUXGA projector.  It's large venue bright at 4800 lumens.  That's white and color lumens - which matters.  If you have the interest, click for our video on the importance of color lumens).  Overall it has a very impressive feature set.  It costs less  than half of Epson's G series projector with the same resolution (but slightly brighter).

You obviously get a better return on investment if you don't need the lenses, and perhaps some other advanced features such as edge blending (which no one had under $10,000 even a few years ago, and even fewer need).  So, why spend for a projector with all the expensive bells and whistles, especially when it can more than double the price?

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The Powerlite 1985 is one of the newest in Epson's 19xx series.  We previously reviewed the lower resolution (and older series) Powerlite 1945W with 4200 lumens (which remains current, street price $1699), and also the 1965 ($1899, XGA, 5000 lumens).   The rest of the product series plays out like this:

  • The least expensive of the lineup is the Powerlite 1940, at $1299 with the lower WXGA resolution, and 4200 lumens.  Also:
  • Powerlite 1955: XGA, 4500 lumens, Street Price 1699
  • Powerlite 1960:  XGA, 5000 lumens, Street Price $1499
  • Powerlite 1980WU:  WUXGA, 4400 lumens, Street Price $1499
  • Powerlite 1975W:  WXGA, 5000 lumens, Street Price $1999

The features sets do vary.  Some have Wifi built in, some have MHL on their HDMIs.  This chart may help you simplify which one best suits your needs:

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Chart of Current Epson Powerlite 19xx series projectors

We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report, in which this projector is considered.

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Powerlite 1985WU Projector Highlights

OK, enough about all the different models in the series.  Here's a list of the key major features of the Powerlite 1985WU beyond the usual brightness and resolution already mentioned:

  • Wide range Zoom lens:
  • WiDi, and Miracast (see Special Features section), screen mirroring
  • MHL on HDMI for streaming from MHL compatible devices
  • Split Screen (two sources)
  • Auto Fit let's the projector resize the image to fit your screen
  • DICOM simulation for observing medical films such as X-rays, CAT scans, etc., meeting training level display requirements
  • Wireless and advanced Wired networking, including remote monitoring, push notifications...
  • Moderator and PC Free - connect with up t0 50 devices, display up to 4 simultaneously for real collaboration
  • 2 year warranty with two years of rapid replacement program

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