This Casio is interactive, but relies on devices – such as iPhones, tablets, Androids, for annotation, etc., rather than having pens, so it is a little less versatile than the other interactive projectors featured in this report. But it does allow annotation and saving of work. It also has a basic media player capability with controls on the remote. The windows based software is included, but Mac users will have to do a free download.
The UT310WN has LAN networking support and comes with wireless as well. Warranty is an impressive 3 years parts and labor, and the LED/Laser light engine is guaranteed for 5 years or 10,000 hours, whichever comes first. Since it doesn’t work with pens, for perspective, this Casio interactive projector costs more than Epson’s non-interactive ultra short throw projectors, but is about $400 less than the 595WI their full touch interactive, and on top of that it has long term low cost light engine. (Epson’s lamps are some of the longest lasting, but still no match), to further keep costs down.
The 595Wi has a full complement of networking capabilities including being Crestron RoomView compliant. Wireless is handled by an included, plug in module. There are, of course, iOS and Android Apps.
This WXGA projector is a true ultra short throw, with the projector normally mounted above the whiteboard/screen, and only a handful of inches from the wall. (note for the touch function to work the projector must be “above” the screen, not below. (It’s the orientation – “above the top”, as the projector can also project onto a table top and have the touch feature working).
Ron considered the overall image quality as extremely good, with bright vivid colors, and overall very good sharpness that allows even tiny 8 point type (that would rarely be used) to be very readable. The sharpness remains good across the projected area, a problem for many ultra short throws.
A wall plate can mount next to the screen allowing for easy interfacing with USB, and other non-permanent content sources, as well as one touch printing, saving, and other functions.
Epson offers many ultra short throw interactive projectors, including still offering last year’s top rated 585Wi (no touch), but this is their flagship education model, and comes with a 3 year warranty with 3 years of replacement for schools through their Brighter Futures program.