Epson Presenter : a New Projector for Business and Pleasure

[ Tech News: This is a reprint of our Projector People Post from March 2010. ]

Every once in awhile we find a product that we really, really love. This is not to say that we don’t love all our projectors, just as the Duggar’s love each and every one of their 18 (or is it 19?) children. But sometimes one little projector has something special that’s worth bragging about. The new Epson PowerLite Presenter is one of those projectors.

What’s so special about the Epson Presenter? It’s cool, it’s versatile, and priced nicely at just $899. In fact, we like it so much that we have created a little video to show it off. Check it out below, or click here to visit YouTube.

If you don’t feel like watching the video, here’s a quick run down.

Unique (Sweet) Built-in Features:

  • Carrying handle
  • 10 Watt speakers (x2)
  • Sliding lens cover
  • Front loading DVD player
  • Microphone input for a PA option

These features are all built-in to the projector. That means you’ll get most of what you need for a presentation, or spontaneous movie night, without carrying additional accessories. It even ships with a soft carry case that fits around the carry handle to protect it from scratches and such.

Great for Business or Pleasure:

  • Plug and play set up
  • HDMI input for connecting BluRay or cable box
  • Coaxial digital audio out to connect to external speakers
  • Super fast start up and shut down speeds

Though it is not specifically designed for high quality video performance, it’s still got an image that would please any casual viewer. And since it IS designed for presentations, you get features like keystone correction and a VGA input for connecting your laptop or desktop computer.

Beyond the home theater and business applications, we also see this projector as a great option for educators who need a versatile projector for the AV cart, and for churches that want to take their message on the road. All the built-in features – sliding lens cap, built in handle, speakers, and DVD player, mean less parts to take along, forget, or lose. So, apart from the DVD you need, the only critical piece of hardware to keep with the Presenter is your power cord.

And finally, if it ever warms up again, the Epson Presenter is nearly ideal for outdoor home theater. For a family movie night, or a community resource for your association or city, non-profit, this is a great product. No need to mess with speakers, DVD player, or cables, just one simple box to plug in and turn on. There aren’t many home theater projector options with built-in DVD players on the market, so we’re glad to have this option for you.

So, there you have it, one more cool projector. We don’t want to dote too much on one of our projector, but as you can see, there’s good reason to single this one out… and if your kid joins the choir, you have to go to the concert! OK, maybe that’s not the best analogy, but it’s true none-the-less.