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Epson PowerLite L610W Laser Projector – Summary

Epson PowerLite L610W Laser Projector Review – Summary: Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

The Epson PowerLite L610W is a powerful, convenient projector that combines a super bright laser-lamp with bold and accurate colors that one can expect from an Epson.

Hands down my favorite feature on the Epson PowerLite L610W is the instant on/off capability.  Anyone that’s ever presented knows the long awkward wait during that moment where the projector was off and you needed to start your presentation minutes ago.  With the L610W, that really is no longer issue at all.  The moment you power up the projector, you will see your screen in a matter of seconds.  Also a great feature for a home theater projector to have in my humble opinion.  Going a bit further, being my first experience with a laser projector, between the brightness, colors, ease of maintenance, and convenience of instant power ups, I feel pretty strongly that I will now look for a laser home theater projector whenever it comes time to upgrade from Epson 5020UB.

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In addition to such convenience and ease of use features, The PowerLite L610W simply delivers in every metric on performance.  The light meter readings showed a projector that hit the manufacturer’s claim of 6,000 lumens, pretty much right on the money.  But in reality, you don’t even need that data to know how bright this projector performs, you need only walk into the room that it’s being used in.  As stated a bit earlier, it actually feels like blinding light if you end up looking near the projector’s light source while on.  Of course, bright performance from projectors does not a quality projector make!  Fortunately, as has been stated many times before in my Epson reviews, Epson is the gold standard for the combination of a bright picture with bold and accurate colors.

So when it came to performance under lots of ambient light, you can expect the L610W to cut right through any light and show up clearly and boldly on your screen.  Under tough lighting conditions, the colors will be just like you’d expect, the image quality won’t suffer much if at all, and you will be able to present with confidence at all times.

Not to be outdone by brightness, the colors on this laser light source are gorgeous and it really does justice for Epson’s reputation.  It’s genuinely hard to imagine how much truer and bolder the colors could even get.

On the enterprise front, the PowerLite L610W comes ready to supports a full range of inputs, including HDBaseT, 3G-SDI, and is compatible with Crestron RoomView, AMX, Extron XTP, Control4, and Art-Net for easy integration amongst all your projectors and controls to manage your systems.  Epson ensures this industrial quality projector will integrate with your existing  systems or at minimum, make any transitions smooth and easy.

For audience engagement, Epson’s iProjection App provides the opportunity to use multiple devices, project multiple screens, show photos, presentations, and you can even use the app as your own personal document camera when using the camera feature in the app.  As a former teach who enjoyed using document cameras when available, that’s a pretty handy tool when needed.

Pros

  • Instant On/Off capability provides lightning fast operation when you need it
  • 20,000 hours of maintenance free use from Epson’s breakthrough laser light source
  • Split Screen functionality provides seamless integration of two sources that is fully customizable, a big plus for teachers and presenters utilizing PowerPoint with supplemental video.
  • Epson IProjection App provides multiple engagement and presenting tools to enhance your presentation for all your audience members
  • Up to ±50 percent vertical and ±20 percent horizontal manual lens shift enabling flexible installation especially so with quick corner adjustment.  I had my projector in the corner of my room and was projecting a completely non-distorted picture perfectly on screen.
  • True to manufacturer claim of 6,000 lumens, blindingly bright
  • Impressive contrast despite not being WUXGA full HD
  • Compatible with DBaseT, 3G-SDI, Crestron RoomView, AMX, Extron XTP, Control4, and Art-Net for easy integration for any enterprise or education setting users

Cons

  • Wireless dongle sold separately, I hope these start becoming built-in more often.
  • 10 Watt speaker is ok but for this projector’s usage, that wattage won’t make much of a difference in the larger settings that I would expect this projector to be used.
  • PC Free Projection requires conversion of Power Point presentations to use the feature.  Having experience on projectors where it is actually plug and play directly from a Power Point, this extra step has to be dinged.  It’s SO much easier to just plug and play.
  • Loud runtime noise in normal mode

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