There are a lot of high brightness laser projectors out there today, from the likes of Christie, Barco, Sony, NEC, Panasonic, Digital Projection and a few others. Most, except for the high-brightness Sony laser projectors which can be expensive, are not true 4K models. Most can’t accept 4K commercial (copy protected) content or offer pixel shifting to take advantage of that content to deliver a more detailed, and sharper image than a standard WUXGA projector.
The short version, Epson vs. Direct Competition – other 2K Laser Projectors
- The Pro L1755UNL is much brighter than similarly priced competitors (which are all DLP projectors)
- It can handle 4K copy protected content (HDCP 2.2) and utilize pixel shifting to enhance the detail and perceived sharpness compared to standard 2K projectors
- Its color brightness output (lumens) equals its white lumens output to provide for better color reproduction (unlike single chip DLP projectors)
- While the L1755UNL does not ship with a lens, it is compatible with 9 motorized lenses including a short throw option
While most of the competitors do offer things like edge blending, it’s the Pro L1755UNL brightness capability and its ability to handle 4K content (including HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2) that sets it apart from the vast majority of WUXGA laser projectors.
It is true that the Pro L1755UNL can’t match the ultimate sharpness and detail of a true 4K projector but consider the pricing difference: Sony’s GT280 is a 6000 lumen, $50,000 true 4K laser projector. There will be applications calling for true 4K projection, where a pixel shifter like the L1755UNL, just won’t be good enough. Once you exclude that small segment this pixel shifting Epson will provide more than enough detail and the image is definitely sharper than a standard 2K projector.
Epson has been expanding its line into the larger venue category, in addition to the lower cost, high volume projector market it has been in for the past several years. The Epson Pro L series laser projectors are not just impressive, and feature laden, but appear to be the price-performance leaders in their class. That said, Epson’s less expensive laser projectors will no doubt sell better than the Pro L1755UNL, especially since they start at $8,499 for 6000 lumens. Price and performance wise, it’s hard to argue with the Pro L1755UNL’s overall value proposition.