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Projectors Considered: Ultra Short-Throw Projectors 1

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Art Feierman
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report.

We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report.

Ultra Short-Throw Projectors Considered

Ultra Short-Throw Projectors
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
Epson BrightLink 585Wi epson-585wi Overview Review Specs Short throw, Networking
NEC UM330W nec-um330x Overview Review Specs Ultra short-throw, Wired networking
Ricoh PJ-WX4130N ricoh-pjwx4130n Overview Review Specs Ultra short-throw, Wired networking

Epson Brightlink 585Wi

The Brightlink 585W is the middle of three Brightlink 5xx series ultra short throw, 3LCD powered, interactive projectors.  The 3300 lumens (both white and color lumens) 585W is 600 lumens brighter than its less expensive sibling the 575Wi.   This projector supports dual interactive pen use simultaneously.  (Note that the new top of the line, the 595Wi (just starting to ship) goes a step further, not needing pens (but can use them), but will allow simple touch, with up to four users at one time.  I recently saw a demonstration of that capability in Japan.  The 585Wi projector supports BYOD, working wirelessly with devices such as iPads, iPhones and Android phones, etc., as well as supporting typical wireless communications to present from laptops and other PCs.

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Epson’s Moderator software allows wirelessly sharing multiple students computer content simultaneously, no longer a rare feature, but one still not found on many projectors.

The Brightlink series is primarily designed for the Education market, although it finds plenty of boardroom use in the business world.  There  is a Brightlink Pro 1410Wi specifically designed for corporate boardrooms.

Epson is known for providing rather dramatically lower prices for the education market than for business, with education discounts, low cost spare lamps, and longer warranties.  Contact Epson, or one of the Brighter Futures authorized dealers for more info.

This projector produces an unusually sharp image for an ultra short throw projector, a real plus.

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