Both projectors feature increased connectivity, enhanced audio capabilities, user-friendly setup and brightness rated up to 2,000 ANSI lumens. The PowerLite 81p features XGA (1024 x 768) native resolution and is priced at $1,799; while the PowerLite 61p offers SVGA (800 x 600) native resolution for $1,499 (both are estimated street prices).
By incorporating four video input connections including two individual “computer” inputs, these two projectors enable users to plug into, and easily switch between a wider selection of source devices such as PCs, video players and audio. Additionally, a new “Auto Source Selection” feature allows presenters to get their content up and running quicker and easier, alleviating stresses commonly associated with setup time. This is further simplified with the inclusion of color-coded cables and a verification tone that sounds whenever the “power on” and “power off” button has been selected.
Both projectors also feature five-watt speakers and four audio inputs, an ideal solution for teachers and presenters who occasionally need to incorporate audio content from DVDs or video cassettes, and also need a way to project audio throughout a room. Conversely, the projectors’ low fan noise (as low as 30db) contributes to a quieter, less distracting presenting environment.
The PowerLite 81p and 61p include six built-in display modes for various environments including Epson’s unique Blackboard mode. Designed for classroom settings, Blackboard mode gives the projector the ability to detect the color of a display surface such as a chalkboard or painted wall and adjust its output to optimize accurate color reproduction, contributing to increased comprehension and retention.
“In recent years, the `value’ category of projectors throughout the industry was driven solely by one factor — price, which resulted in some products that offered extremely limited performance without many special features,” said Aaron Marinari, product manager, Epson America. “Today things have changed dramatically and projectors such as the EPSON PowerLite 81p and 61p not only offer competitive prices, but also include several key features that are the direct result of feedback we’ve collected from customers and dealers.”
Availability and Warranty
The EPSON PowerLite 81p and 61p will be available through authorized pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog and direct PC dealers and select PC retailers throughout the country beginning June 20, 2004.
Epson’s PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services — two-year Epson PrivateLine(TM), two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line (typically in about one minute) by using a phone card that is included with the product.