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Epson Powerlite 97H Projector Review

Posted on June 22, 2015 by Jarrod Buckley

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Epson Powerlite 97H Specs
Price $549
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1024x768
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2700
Contrast 10000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.20:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 5000 hours
Weight 6.0
Warranty 2 year with Epson Road Service Program


The Epson PowerLite 97H is a compact Classroom projector offering a very bright image and features well suited to the typical classroom environment.  It projects a very sharp image, limited only by its native 1024 x 768 resolution, and offers picture modes providing good color accuracy.

While the PowerLite 97H is not a Pico or Pocket class of projector, it is a compact unit making it easy to move between classrooms (or conference rooms), when it has not been permanently mounted.  With a retail price of $549 and a relatively long 5,000 lamp life (in normal mode and 10,000 hours in Eco mode), it provides an economical solution for the education market.   Add to this Epson's aggressive discounts available to schools, the Powerlite 97H is indeed a very economical alternative.

The PowerLite 97H is the entry-level model within a series Epson’s PowerLite 9x line of classroom projectors that includes more expensive modes with  higher resolution (i.e., WXGA 1280 x 800) and/or higher light output (i.e., up to 3,500 lumens)

We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report.


  • Offers a bright image with 2700 rated lumens, in brightest mode
  • Very sharp image provides excellent text readability for classroom presentations
  • Excellent video scaling performance
  • Picture Modes offered with good color accuracy suitable for displaying video and photos
  • Wired networking built-in and optional wireless networking
  • Can be controlled and managed from networked PC using supplied software
  • 1.2x zoom lens along with vertical and horizontal keystone correction provides mounting flexibility

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