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Epson Intros Four Affordable Projectors for Educators

Attention K-12 teachers: Got a tight budget, but still want a richly featured classroom projector with extended lamp life and network connectivity?

Attention K-12 teachers: Got a tight budget, but still want a richly featured classroom projector with long lamp life and network connectivity?

Epson on Monday introduced four new projectors for the classroom. The new PowerLite 84, 85, 825 and 826W offer extended lamp life up to 6,000 hours, a built-in closed captioning decoder, USB plug-and-play technology, a powerful internal 10 watt speaker, network connectivity for remote presentations (via wired LAN), and optional wireless connectivity.

The new models also offer a dedicated microphone input, allowing teachers to amplify their voices.

“Epson is committed to providing today’s educators with projectors that allow them to improve classroom effectiveness and also meet today’s budgeting realities,” said Sara Kim, associate product manager with Epson Projection. “We’ve asked teachers and administrators from across the country what they need in future projectors, and have integrated their input into this suite of products. The result is an affordable and flexible family of classroom-centric projectors that deliver long lamp life and are remarkably easy to use.”

The PowerLite 84 ($799) and 85 ($899) feature 2,600 lumens white light output, 2,600 lumens color light output and XGA resolution. The PowerLite 825 ($999) boasts 3,000 lumens white light output, 3,000 lumens color light output and XGA resolution. The PowerLite 826W ($999* features 2,500 lumens white light output, 2,500 lumens color light output and WXGA resolution (16:10 aspect ratio), ideal for use with widescreen laptops and DVD content.

The PowerLite 85, 825 and 826W offer additional features giving educators flexibility within the classroom. Educators can remotely deliver presentations, as well as monitor and control the projectors, using the network. In addition, using the included EMP Monitor software, these projectors can be used as a broadcast system to show event flyers, updates and emergency instructions.

The 85, 825 and 826W also offer PC-free connectivity through a USB Type A port, allowing for quick connection with USB memory devices, as well as affordable wireless functionality via an optional wireless module. Using the Quick Wireless Connection USB Key, teachers can simply insert the USB Key into the projector (first time set-up only) and then into a PC. The USB Key automatically reconfigures the computer’s network settings and wirelessly connects to the projector for instantaneous use.

Epson PowerLite 84 and 85 will be available in May 2009, and the PowerLite 825 and 826W will be available in June 2009

Epson also offers the Brighter Futures program, a sales and support initiative designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets. Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors.