Epson PowerLite 9300i projector released

This feature-rich projector represents the company’s highest-resolution model, delivering extremely precise image quality through its newly designed 1.4-inch LCDs, and reliable, whisper-quiet (33dB) performance. The Epson PowerLite 9300i also offers out-of-the-box networking capabilities, designed for the needs of IT professionals, reduces unauthorized use and theft, provides up to 7,000 hours of lamp life (replaceable for $600) and several advanced, yet simple setup and installation options.
   
“The current growth of intensely detailed graphic applications, such as CAD, medical imaging, simulators and more, continues to increase the need for higher resolution projectors that go beyond traditional SVGA and XGA models,” said Aaron Marinari, product manager, Epson. “The combination of this projector’s SXGA+ resolution, unsurpassed color reproduction and network-controllable operation meet this demand and truly make it an outstanding investment for any organization.”

    Easy Setup and Control

This projector not only offers Epson’s most advanced imaging technology to date, but also convenient setup features that are especially useful once the projector has been installed to a ceiling or other location that’s difficult to reach by hand. A powered lens enables users to zoom and focus using the projector’s remote control, while a new onscreen interface called Quick Corner(TM) lets them make keystone corrections (+/- 40-degree vertical, +/- 20-degree horizontal) to compensate for the room’s alignment. Several optional lenses are also available for wide angle configurations and for short- and long-throw distances.
   
In situations where more than one PowerLite 9300i is being used together (such as for stacked, or panoramic applications), there’s a multi-screen adjustment feature that allows users to control each unit individually with one remote control utility to make brightness and color level adjustments on a computer over a LAN or RS232 interface.
   
Several of Epson’s new networking features are included with the PowerLite 9300i. A function called EasyManagement(TM) enables IS personnel to monitor, maintain and control the projector from a remote location using Epson’s utility programs. The projector offers a built-in RJ-45 Ethernet port that when connected to a network, gives the administrator’s user(s) the ability to carry out important management functions such as checking the power status or lamp hours, in addition to powering the projector on/off. Furthermore, an e-mail notification system is available to alert network users about vital issues related to the projector’s temperature, fan and lamp.

    Security

Two password-protected features are included in the PowerLite 9300i to reduce chances of theft and disable operation to unauthorized users. Power-On Protect requires the use of a password to turn on the projector, while a timer function allows organizations such as rental companies to place customized time limits on usage. Another password-controlled feature called Logo Protect projects the user’s logo each time the projector is powered on, making it less enticing for thieves to steal.

    Price, Availability and Support

The PowerLite 9300i will be available in October for $11,299 (estimated street price) through authorized pro audio/visual dealers throughout the country. Epson’s PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services — two-year Epson Private Line(TM), two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the Private Line, 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. In the event that a projector should need to be repaired, Epson’s Road Service Program can replace the product usually within 24 hours in the United States and Canada. International Warranty makes repair service available in 45 countries worldwide. These services are available for the two-year duration of the warranty coverage.
   
Presenters can also find valuable information by visiting Epson’s Presenters Online(SM) Web site (www.presentersonline.com) for immediate access to presentation tips, tools and techniques, innovative templates, useful clip art, and links to services especially suited for today’s busy road warrior. For more information on Epson’s current projector product line, customers can call 1-800-442-1977 or visit the company’s website at http://www.epson.com.

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