Projector Reviews

Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review – Summary

Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector:  Summary

The Epson PowerLite 955WH provides a bright, sharp image with good color accuracy (in some of the available color modes).  It is easy to set up with its 1.6:1 zoom lens plus vertical and horizontal keystone correction adjustments.  It offers some very bright modes that will allow it to used in a classroom with moderately bright lighting.   The projector can be either table mounted or ceiling mounted and is small enough to be considered a portable projector that could easily be moved between classrooms or conference rooms.

This is a WXGA resolution (1280 x 800) projector with a 16 x 10 aspect ratio, which is becoming the de facto standard for modern business and classroom projectors.

While the $899 list price for the PowerLite 955WH and $79 for replacement lamps are competitive for this type of projector, Epson offers very aggressive education discounts for their projectors and lamps being purchased by schools, making the cost to replace an old or broken projector with a Powerlite 955WH very attractive.

 

Pros

  • very sharp display with good focus over the entire image
  • very little color fringing visible on displayed text, even when viewed up very close and none visible for normal viewing distance, indicating  good alignment of LCD panels and also good optics with a low level of  chromatic aberration
  • excellent readability of text and presentation graphics
  • excellent scaling from higher resolution inputs down to the native display resolution
  • can display photos, videos, or slide shows directly from a USB flash drive
  • high light output (~2000 lumens) possible even in modes with good color accuracy and even brighter modes available
  • multiple Epson projectors can be controlled and managed from a central computer using the supplied software
  • moderator software allows classroom collaboration with the display of the content from up to 4 devices (e.g., laptops or mobile devices) using a split screen display  (requires optional wireless network adapter to enable use with of mobile devices)
  • presentations can be controlled via a mobile Android or iOS device (requires optional wireless network adapter)
  • content from mobile devices can be directly displayed by the PowerLite 955WH (requires optional wireless network adapter)
  • very good reception coverage of the IR signals from the supplied remote control enabled by the projector having IR receivers on both the front and rear panels
  • built-in 16 watt speaker, with higher than average volume levels possible, and a microphone input provide good audio capabilities for use in a moderate size class room or conference room
  • has both vertical and manual horizontal keystone correction adjustments for when the projector cannot be positioned at the ideal location relative to the screen.
  • long lamp life with up to 5,000 hours in normal mode and 10,000 hours in eco mode
  • competitive pricing, especially with Epson’s discount available to schools

 

Cons

  • remote can be difficult to operate in a dark room, since it has no backlight
  • dust filter that must be maintained
  • a relatively high black level and a modest contrast ratio means this projector is not the ideal choice for critical video viewing (such as might be desired for a film arts class) in a darkened room with good light control.
  • moderately high fan noise level when operated in normal mode