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February 19, 2019

The Ultra Mobile, Bright Solution Projector for Busy Executives

Epson projector
Epson projector

The lightweight, slim design of the Epson EB-1776W, along with its carry case, makes it effortless to transport.

The projector measures a slim 2.1 by 11.5 by 8.3 inches and weighs 1.7 kg, making it easier to carry around.

It seems like the VGA cable may be seeing the end of its reign as the umbilical cord between visual source and projector with this device. The 1776W has the ports that count for a portable data projector like the VGA, HDMI, RCA video, audio in; a type B USB port for keyboard and mouse control; and a type A USB port for running a presentation off a USB thumb drive. It has a second type A USB port, behind a screw-off cover, specifically for a wireless LAN module. The included Quick Connect USB thumb drive can be plugged into a PC to provide quick ad-hoc network setup.

The 1776W has a zoom wheel but no focus wheel. Instead, you use left and right arrow buttons, either from the projector or the remote control, to focus. This changes the focus in precise increments and is good enough to get a sharp image. The projector comes with a soft carrying case replete with several pouches.

Video quality was very good for a data projector. It's fine for video clips of any length as part of a presentation, or even to show movies with. The audio is louder than many projectors we've seen with similar one-watt speakers, and sound quality is decent. It should be adequate for use in a small room, and perhaps a mid-sized one for instance a business presentation. The Casio XJ-A246 is equipped with Casio's hybrid LED-laser light engine. Its bulb can last up to 20,000 hours, essentially the lifetime of the projector, while the 1776W's is rated for just 4,000 hours. This is quite motivating for a projector.

Other features include automatic vertical and horizontal keystone correction. Simply point the projector in the direction of the screen, and push the on board or remote “Screen Fit” button. Provided the projector is between 1.5 and 2.50 metres from the screen, the room is not too dark, the screen size is 254cm or less and the projector is no more than 20º to the left or right or more than 30º, the projector will centre itself.

With the EB-1776W you can remove the need for untidy, complicated cabling, and connect to your 802.11b/g/n wireless network via the ELPAP07 wireless LAN module. For added simplicity, the ELPAP08 USB Quick Wireless Connection Key enables users to make a quick peer to peer connection to a PC.

This ultra-mobile projector is compatible with Epson’s iProjection app. Once downloaded to your smartphone, you can send Word (doc, docx), Excel (xls, xlsx) PowerPoint (ppt, pptx) Keynote and PDF documents wirelessly to the projector, giving you extra options to enhance your presentations on the move.

The projector is enhanced by Epson's 3LCD technology to provide superb quality images with White and Colour Light Output of up to 3,000 lumens. The EB-1776w is retailing at Sh125,000 and it is available at major IT outlets in the country.

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