Epson launches 7800p/8300i projectors

By incorporating newer and larger LCD panels (1.4-inch LCDs on the PowerLite 8300i and 1-inch on the PowerLite 7800p) with virtually no light leakage, both projectors are able to achieve brightness levels and contrast ratios above and beyond those of their predecessor models (the PowerLite 7700p and PowerLite 8200i). Each projector also offers out-of-box networking capabilities as well as simple setup and installation options.
    
A new feature called EasyManagement(TM) enables IS personnel to monitor, maintain and control either projector from a remote location using Epson’s utility programs or their Web browser. Both projectors offer built-in RJ-45 Ethernet ports that when connected to a network, give the user(s) the ability to carry out important functions such as checking the power status or lamp hours, in addition to powering the projector on/off. Furthermore, an email notification system is also available to alert network users about vital issues related to the projectors’ temperature, fan and lamp.
    
The new PowerLite 8300i is now Epson’s brightest-ever projector at 5,200 ANSI lumens and 1,200 contrast ratio, while the PowerLite 7800p achieves 3,500 ANSI lumens with a 700:1 contrast ratio. In addition to increased power and even higher visual intensity, both of these projectors feature a new assortment of advanced, but easy-to-use features designed for simple installation, flexibility, enhanced security and efficient operation.
    
“The digital projector market continues to evolve in many ways and networking is playing a larger role for businesses these days,” said Jodi Maugham, product manager, Epson. “These two projectors address that trend, giving IT administrators the flexibility and control they need to effectively manage projectors from a variety of locations, along with powerful display technology that will add dramatic visual impact to any presentation.”
    
The PowerLite 7800p weighs in at 12.1 pounds while the PowerLite 8300i is 24.7 pounds, allowing for portability from one large room to another and a variety of options for permanent installation. Setup is simplified with features such as Quick Corner(TM) — a new onscreen interface enabling users to make keystone corrections to compensate for small or odd-shaped rooms, and Wall Shot(TM) (only on the PowerLite 7800p) that provides automatic color corrections even when projecting onto colored surfaces. The PowerLite 8300i even offers electrically powered adjustments for lens shift, zoom and focus.
    
Depending on the environment, users can choose between two levels of brightness on these projectors — either 5,200 or 3,000 ANSI lumens on the PowerLite 8300i, and either 3,500 or 2,500 ANSI lumens on the PowerLite 7800p. This feature not only allows for more visual control, but also reduced fan noise. The likelihood of theft is also reduced with a password-protected feature on the PowerLite 7800p that disables the projectors to unauthorized users.
    
The backs of the projectors include a wide selection of inputs including, D-sub15, BNC, DVI, S-Video, video and monitor out. In addition to the power lens that comes standard with both models, there are also several optional lenses available to meet a variety of applications. A full-featured remote control is also featured with each projector with USB mouse capability, while a hard-wired remote control adapter is available as an optional accessory. The projectors can also be stacked for added brightness and image-sensitive applications and users can create up to five custom setting presets for frequently used setup preferences and conditions.

Price, Availability and Support

The PowerLite 8300i will be available in late-April for $9,999 (estimated street price) through authorized pro audio/visual dealers. The PowerLite 7800p will also be available in late-April for $4,899 (estimated street price) through pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog and direct PC dealers, and select PC retailers throughout the country.

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