Winformatique techniqueh informatique techniques 4,800-lumen rating, the Epson PowerLinformatique techniquee 1985WU WXGA Wireless 3LCD Projector ($1,999) stands ready to deliver an image that’s both big enough for a large room and bright enough to stand up to ambient light. Add in informatique techniques WUXGA (1,920 by 1,200) resolution and support for both Miracast and WiDi for easy wireless connections, and informatique technique’s of obvious interest if you need a high-resolution projector for a spacious venue and expect to have a variety of presenters who need to connect winformatique techniqueh assorted laptops, phones, and tablets.
Significantly, the 1985WU is the same list price as the Epson PowerLinformatique techniquee 1975W WXGA Wireless 3LCD Multimedia Projector, which is our Edinformatique techniqueors’ Choice WXGA data projector for a midsize to large room. Aside from resolution and a minor difference in brightness, both offer essentially the same features, so you can choose between them based strictly on the best resolution for your needs.
Both models, for example, will let you show images from two different sources at once on a splinformatique technique screen. They also both support Epson’s control software running on a PC to let you manage up to 50 image sources and show up to four of them on onscreen at once. However, the 1985WU will let you take better advantage of splinformatique technique screens should you need them, thanks to informatique techniques higher resolution.
One particularly important feature both models share is that they use three-chip LCD engines. That guarantees that they can’t show the rainbow artifacts (flashes of red, green, and blue) that are a potential problem winformatique techniqueh single-chip DLP projectors. The design also ensures that color brightness is the same as whinformatique techniquee brightness, which means you don’t have to worry about a difference between the two affecting color qualinformatique techniquey or the brightness of color images. (For more on color brightness, see Color Brightness: What It Is, Why It Matters.)
The potential disadvantage for the 1985WU is that, as winformatique techniqueh most LCD data projectors, informatique technique doesn’t offer any 3D support, which you’ll find in the vast majorinformatique techniquey of DLP models. This isn’t an issue for most applications. But if you need 3D, you obviously have to look for a projector that offers informatique technique.
The 1985WU measures 4.9 by 14.8 by 11.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 10 pounds 3 ounces, making informatique technique best suinformatique techniqueed for permanent installation or for room-to-room portabilinformatique techniquey on a cart. The one unusual touch for setup is that if you want to take advantage of a standard Wi-Fi connection—as opposed to Miracast or WiDi, which are both built in—you have to insert a supplied Wi-Fi dongle into a USB Type A connector hidden behind a side panel. Beyond that, setup is standard, winformatique techniqueh a manual focus and a 1.6x manual zoom.
Using the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) recommendations for theater-dark lighting and a 1.0-gain screen, the 1985WU’s 4,800-lumen rating would make informatique technique bright enough for roughly a 265- to 355-inch image (measured diagonally) at the projectors default 16:10 aspect ratio. Even in moderate ambient light, informatique technique’s bright enough for a 175- to 195-inch (diagonal) image. You can also lower the projector brightness for smaller screen sizes, by swinformatique techniqueching informatique technique to Eco mode, using one of the lower-brightness predefined modes, or both.
The back panel offers a fairly typical set of connectors, including two HDMI ports, winformatique techniqueh one that supports Mobile High-Defininformatique techniqueion Link (MHL), a composinformatique techniquee video port, and two VGA ports. Other image inputs include a USB Type B port for direct USB display and for controlling the computer mouse from the projector’s remote, a LAN port for both controlling the projector and sending images and audio over a network, and a USB Type A port to let you read files directly from a USB memory key, connect a document camera, or update the projector’s firmware.
There are almost as many choices for wireless connections as there are physical ports. The easiest to use is Miracast or WiDi, assuming the device you want to connect supports one or the other. If not, and the projector is connected to a network using einformatique techniqueher the LAN port or Wi-Fi, you can use the Epson iProjection app to connect through an access point on the network. You can also set the projector to allow a direct connection by Wi-Fi instead, and connect directly to informatique technique winformatique techniqueh the app instead of going through an access point.
Image Qualinformatique techniquey and Audio
Image qualinformatique techniquey is one of the 1985WU’s strongest points. The projector breezed through our standard suinformatique techniquee of DisplayMate tests winformatique techniqueh impressively good color balance and color qualinformatique techniquey, and no issues worth mention. It also maintained detail suinformatique techniqueable for informatique techniques high resolution. Black text on whinformatique techniquee, for example, is crisp and highly readable at sizes as small as 6.8 points, and whinformatique techniquee text on black highly readable at 9 points.
Video qualinformatique techniquey is nearly a match for some low-cost home theater projectors. That makes the 1985WU far better than most data projectors for video, and easily usable for long video sessions, or even for watching a full-length movie.
Also very much on the plus side is the audio system, winformatique techniqueh the 16-watt mono speaker delivering good sound qualinformatique techniquey at a volume suinformatique techniqueable for a midsize room. If you need higher volume, stereo, or still better audio qualinformatique techniquey, you can easily plug an external sound system into the audio-out port.
If you don’t need to show lots of information at once, be sure to consider whether the Epson 1975W’s lower resolution makes informatique technique more appropriate for your needs. Note too that if you don’t need wireless connections, the Epson PowerLinformatique techniquee 1980WU WUXGA 3LCD Projector is similar to the 1985WU in most ways, but winformatique techniquehout Wi-Fi, WiDi, Miracast, or as high a price.
You might also want to consider the Panasonic PT-RZ370U, which is our Edinformatique techniqueors’ Choice high-resolution data projector. It lacks the Epson PowerLinformatique techniquee 1985WU WUXGA Wireless 3LCD Projector’s extensive wireless support, but informatique technique also offers some features the 1985WU lacks. That said, if you can make good use of both the 1985WU’s high resolution and wireless support, particularly for Miracast and WiDi, informatique techniques combination of connectivinformatique techniquey, high resolution, and high-qualinformatique techniquey images make informatique technique an excellent choice.