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EPSON POWERLITE L730U 7000 LUMEN 3LCD LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW – HARDWARE

CHASSIS

Epson Powerlite L730U Projector Chassis - Projector Reviews - Image
Epson Powerlite L730U Projector Chassis - Projector Reviews - Image
Epson Powerlite L730U Projector Chassis - Projector Reviews - Image
Epson Powerlite L730U Projector Chassis - Projector Reviews - Image

The PowerLite L730U is available in white, but if you want the same projector in black, Epson offers the L735U, identical except for the color. What is nice about the projector is that Epson kept the same chassis design as previous L-Series models while increasing their performance. In addition to being small, the new L-Series projectors are light, weighing just under 19 pounds. Epson has also added a back cover that hides the control panel and gives the L730U a sleek look when installed in prominent areas like the ceiling.

The PowerLite L730U chassis is on the smaller side compared to most projectors. The projector measures 17.32″ x 12.59″ x 5.35″ and weighs 18.5 lbs. This high-performance, ultra-bright projector is easy for almost anyone to move from classroom to meeting room. The projector’s lightweight and placement flexibility makes it an obvious choice for installations in challenging environments where larger and heavier projectors don’t perform as well. 

The front center of the projector is where the lens is located, with zoom and focus rings surrounding it. The L730U’s control panel is on the rear, along with its inputs and connectors. The projector’s horizontal and vertical lens shift dials are on the top front of the chassis.

On the projector’s right side are an air intake and the projector’s filter cover, while on the left is an exhaust vent.

INPUTS AND CONNECTIONS

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The PowerLite L730U has wired LAN and HDBaseT for running audio, video, and control signals from up to 328 feet (100 meters). There are three HDMI inputs for accepting up to 4K content, one RS232C connector, and more. Please see the complete chart below.

HDMI (HDCP 2.3) 2
HDMI Out 1
LAN Port 1
Computer 1 and 2 Ports 2
HDBaseT 1
USB connector Type-B 1
USB connector Type-A 1
Serial: RS232C 1
Audio Out Port 1
Audio1/Audio2 2

LENS

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The Epson PowerLite L730U is a projector with a manual zoom ratio of 1 – 1.6x with a lens shift of ±50% vertical and ±20% horizontal.

The lens on this projector does a remarkable job of maintaining a consistently sharp and aligned image to about 90 percent from the center and only getting a little soft at the far edges of the screen. The L730U’s focus uniformity is excellent.

CONTROL PANEL

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The Epson PowerLite L730U’s control panel is on the back of the projector (the end pointing in the opposite direction from the projected image). Navigation controls are to the right, using Epson’s typical four navigation buttons surrounding an Enter button. These four buttons, one at each corner of the control surface, are labeled from left to right: Menu, Esc, Home, and Source Search.

REMOTE

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The Epson PowerLite L730U’s remote control is a pretty ordinary Epson remote. It fits nicely into your hand, the controls are easy to push, and Epson’s uniformity with this remote control will please end-users. The lack of a backlight will likely not be an issue in most situations that are not entirely dark.

The L730U remote control provides valuable shortcuts, including a Source Search option and dedicated Input buttons, Aspect Ratio, Menu, and Escape buttons. There are standard controls such as Page Up/Down and Volume Up/Down. This remote provides access to almost every core feature of the L730U.

Although this remote is smaller than some others, the button spacing makes for easy use.

There are quick-access buttons for Color Mode, Aspect Ratio, and even a Custom User button that allows you to choose from Light Source Mode, Info, Test Pattern, Resolution, On-screen Display, Image Enhancement, or Content Playback.

MENUS

The L730U features Epson’s newest Home screen page, which is designed to be more user-friendly than previous versions and has shortcuts to what Epson believes to be the projector’s most commonly used settings. The Home screen displays Output and other shortcuts such as Screen, Mirroring, Split Screen, or Screen Sharing that, once clicked on, will display instructions on how to connect.

Once past the new Home screen, the Epson PowerLite L730U’s menu system is familiar, well-organized, and easy to navigate. Many settings have shortcut buttons on the remote control.