Posted on July 31, 2020 By Nikki Zelinger
Epson PowerLite U50 Projector Review – Hardware: Hardware Overview, Inputs and Connectors, The Lens
The Epson PowerLite U50 is a compact projector that can be easily passed or carted around between classrooms or shared amongst conference rooms. It measures just 14.3″ wide by 9.7″ deep and 3.7″ tall.
The air intake vent is located on the right side of the projector when facing the lens, on table top, or on the right when ceiling mounted.
The hot air exhaust vent is located on the front of the projector to the left of the lense.
The top of the projector has a small, removable door over the lens which houses its manual lens controls and the power button, which is the only button of the entire control panel.
The Epson PowerLite U50 has all the inputs and connectors you need for your typical business and education applications. That means this Epson has you covered for presentations from a computer or smart device (thanks to its wireless capabilities) and playing videos from an external device like a computer or Blu-Ray player, as well as hooking up external speakers if you need to present to a larger room.
As mentioned, the projector has Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can connect a computer or multiple smart devices over Wi-Fi. Some schools do not have reliable Wi-Fi, however, and your school’s Wi-Fi signal is something you should take into consideration when buying such a projector for your district’s classrooms.
The Epson PowerLite’s lens is located on the front right of the projector, with manual lens controls and a 1.20:1 zoom ratio, giving the projector some placement flexibility. The projector does have a Digital Zoom feature to help with installation, but it is best to get the placement as close to perfect as possible before resorting to Digital Zoom. I have created a chart below with the recommended placement of the projector for both a 16:10 screen, and a 4:3 screen if that is what you have currently installed in your classrooms or conference rooms.
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