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Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review -- Performance

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Art Feierman
EPSON W29 PROJECTOR REVIEW - PERFORMANCE:  Brightness by Color Mode, Effect of Eco Mode, Effect of Zoom Position, Audible Noise, Networking, Power Consumption  

Epson W29 Brightness

Epson W29 Projector - Brightness By Color Mode - Mid-Zoom
Pre-set Color Mode Lumens
Dynamic 3050
Presentation 3030
Theatre 1760
sRGB 1730
Blackboard 1450

I set the projector up on my test bench and set the horizontal and vertical keystone correction to zero. Then, I measured the projector’s brightness by setting up an image that measured 48.5- by 30.5-inches and made three brightness readings around the center with an Extech EasyView 31 light meter. When I was done, I normalized the brightness lux readings to a full square meter to yield lumens.


Audible Noise, Networking


The Epson PowerLite W29 has a specification for producing 37 dB of fan noise in the lamp’s Normal mode. In fact, the projector was a lot louder and pulsed, emitting 44.5dBA of fan noise 36-inches from its exhaust. While we don't usually measure the audio levels of this class of projector and a single point doesn't tell you a lot, the W29's fan seemed particularly loud. It shouldn’t be a disruptive influence in the classroom if the projector is mounted on the ceiling, away from students and teachers to dissipate the noise.


The PowerLite W29 has the ability to connect with just about any school’s network via its RJ-45 port in the back. There’s an optional $99 USB-based WiFi adapter as well, which plugs into the W29’s USB slot. While Epson takes $120 off the price of the projector for schools, everybody pays the same $99 for the WiFi adapter.

The good news is that you don’t need the WiFi adapter to get the most out of the PowerLite W29. You can connect the projector to a wired network and be able to connect with phones and tablets using WiFi. Epson’s free iProjection app for Androids and iOS systems starts by searching for a compatible projector. It found the nearby PowerLite W29 on the first try. Within a minute I was able to take control of the projector by using the app to mimic the projector’s remote control’s features.

Later, I sent the projector photos, documents and Web pages from a phone. Unfortunately, the software doesn’t allow mirroring what’s on the screen. This might make it useful for a digital show-and-tell lesson.

Power Consumption - Cost of Operation

While the W29 projector was doing its thing, I measured its power draw with a Kill A Watt P4480 power meter. In Dynamic mode, it used 248 watts, which drops to 2.3 watts when the projector is turned off, but still plugged in and connected to a network.

Assuming that it’s used for 6 hours a day for the typical 180-day school year, its $79 lamp lasts for its rated 5,000 hours and electricity costs the national average of 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, the W29 has an estimated operating expenses of $51 per year. While this is quite economical, this doesn’t include after-school enrichment activities, teacher training sessions or night school classes, but provides a good estimate for comparison.  (Ed. note: Few teachers will have a curriculum that uses a projector anywhere near that continuously.)

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