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Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review

Posted on January 20, 2014 by Art Feierman
The POWERLITE PRO G6900WU  is designed to operate in many environments, from traditional office, to sports bars, auditoriums, or even your home "media" room. This review looks at the Powerlite Pro G6900WU as a business projector. A separate review focuses on its almost identical twin, the Pro Cinema G6900WU, sold by the Epson home theater dealer folks, for use in media and living rooms.  This is a very bright projector, one that is loaded with features.

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Epson G6900WU Specs
Price 6499
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1920x1200
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 6000
Contrast 5000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1:1.8 on Standard Lens
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 2000/4000
Weight 21.5
Warranty 3 Year Parts and Labor, with 3 year rapid replacement program

Powerlite Pro G6900WU - Overview

The G6900WU is the flagship projector in Epson's G series, which could be described as mid-size commercial projectors.  The fleet of G projectors consists of 2 XGA resolution projectors, a single WXGA projector, and four WUXGA projectors.  Brightness ranges from 4500 to 7000 lumens.

I say commercial projector because the Powerlite Pro G6900WU is extremely well endowed, starting with a wide range of inputs, including longer range HDBaseT for several hundred feet of CAT5 or CAT6 range to the source, WDI and more.

There's plenty to cover on the Special Features pages, but first, let's consider the range of uses for the G6900WU.

With 6000 lumens, and a choice of six interchangeable lenses, lots of lens shift and the HDBaseT, this makes a first class, medium-high power rental and staging projector.  It's also a very good size for a great many churches and other houses of worship.  Small and medium sized auditoriums are perfect, as well as multi-purpose rooms in schools.

Keep in mind though, not everyone needs WUXGA and the additional expense that comes with it.  Below you'll find a chart showing all the G series projectors, by resolution (and brightness).

At the university level, especially in the sciences, engineering, architecture, etc., there is demand for WUXGA projectors, and this one can easily fill a large college classroom with 200-400+ students.

Digital Signage is another area this Epson projector would be very suitable for.

Museums too, for both, there's edge blending built in, and the ability to project onto curved walls, etc.

The projector can work on angles, sideways, inverted, it can point down, or perhaps 30 degrees off vertical, essentially handling just about any installation.   The 6900WU and it's brethren are also well suited to hang in sports bars.

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 Pro G6900WU Highlights

  • Claims 6000 color and white lumens for superior color
  • Respectable contrast for a business class projector
  • 6 interchangeable, quick release lenses:  Standard zoom, rear, wide angle, medium throw zoom 1 and 2, and long throw zoom
  • HDBaseT for running long (HDMI) wiring over CAT5, CAT6, plus SDI for live video streaming
  • HDMI and DisplayPort
  • Advanced Networking features, notifications, etc.
  • Closed captioning
  • 360 degree operation - point the projector up, down, certain angles...
  • Healthy amount of vertical and horizontal lens shift
  • Multi-PC - can display up to four computer screens simultaneously
  • Low power consumption for a projector this bright (only a 380 watt lamp)
  • Very green design, packaging
  • Suitable for a wide range of venues requiring a very bright projector
  • DICOM Presentation capable (for medical image presentations)
  • Nine built in test patterns
  • 10,000 hour electrostatic filter
  • Split Screen
  • Advanced Edge Blending
  • Great (3 year) Warranty and Support programs

The Epson G Series Family of Projectors - Basic Comparison

G Series Models
Projector Brightness Resolution
G6150NL 6500 lumens XGA (1024x768)
G6800NL 7000 lumens XGA (1024x768)
G6050WNL 5500 lumens WXGA (1280x800)
G6450WUNL 4500 lumens  WUXGA (1920x1200)
G6550WUNL 5500 lumens  WUXGA (1920x1200)
G6750WUNL 6000 lumens  WUXGA (1920x1200)
G6900WUNL 6000 lumens WUXGA (1920x1200)


Note, that the G6900WUNL is one of the newest in the series.  The "similar" G6750WU shares the same resolution and brightness, but lacks SDI and a couple of other features, and has less capable edge blending.

There are two additional Pro Cinema projectors in the G series besides the home version of this one.  We did not include those home projectors in the chart above.

This projector review is included in our 2014-2015 Best Classroom Projectors Report, which is sponsored by Epson America.

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