Epson PowerLite W29 -- Summary: Overall Impressions, Pros and Cons
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The Epson PowerLite W29 is an excellent entry-level projector for all but the largest classrooms and conference rooms. It delivers a bright, sharp image in Dynamic and Presentation modes and with surprisingly good color balance when using the lower-output Theater or sRGB modes.
The 1,280 by 800 resolution is up to the task of teaching and the projector has many creature comforts that are generally reserved for more expensive projectors.
Epson W29: Overall Impressions
It has horizontal and vertical keystone correction, but lacks the ability to mechanically shift the lens right and left as well as up and down. The 1.2-to-1 zoom lens makes its setup flexible and the projector can be mounted on the ceiling or used a tabletop. At under 6-pounds, it can be carried from room to room as needed or wheeled around on an AV cart.
At $599, it is a reasonable choice, but it is a great bargain for schools with Epson’s Brighter Futures discount price of $479, which also extends its warranty to three years. Add in its $79 lamp that is rated to last 5,000 hours and you have a projector that doesn’t cost a lot to use and a winner for teacher and student alike.
- Excellent price, three-year warranty, discount for schools
- Bright 3,050 lumen peak output
- Good focus uniformity and detail
- Very good text readability to 8-point size
- Bold presentation graphics
- Overall very good color
- Can accept inputs across wide range of sources
- Includes software to project the screens of up to four at once over a network
- Epson iProjection Android or iOS apps let you project material or use the phone or tablet as a remote control.
- Can control projector over the Web
- Vertical and manual horizontal keystone correction adjustments
- Can display videos and images from USB thumb drive
- Inexpensive 5,000-hour lamp; 10,000 hours in low-output Eco mode
- Dust filter and lamp are easy to change
- Slide open lens cover
- Split screen mode
In its better modes, the SU931's color is rich and well saturated
- Remote control is not backlit
- Black levels too bright
- Loud fan
- Focus and Zoom levers too close together
- Adding WiFi costs $99
- Need to change dust filter
- Media player does not support Microsoft Office files