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Lifewire / Hayley Prokos
Projects up to a 300-inch image size
Comes with a carrying case
Not necessarily portable
The projector is best for the home theater crowd who might travel short distances or for business travelers.
At first glance, I was not impressed by the Epson PowerLite 1795F, because of its size and the myriad of warnings and writings stamped onto it by the manufacturer. It seemed too extra, and I couldn’t understand the portability despite being impressed that it came with a carrying case. What I concluded after testing is that projectors like the Epson PowerLite 1795F are built for business travel and short trips.
The Epson PowerLite 1795F features Full HD wireless widescreen performance as well as Miracast streaming. This thin and lightweight model provides an impressive 3,200 lumens-worth of brightness and 1080p resolution, making it ideal for full HD-quality content. It’s a splurge, and perhaps an unjustifiable one when considering other lightweight projectors on the market.
The Epson PowerLite 1795F is somewhat hefty but very capable. Measuring approximately 11.5 x 8.4 x 1.7, it has more quality features than many other portable projectors I’ve tested—namely, high color brightness and wireless functionality.
The two-tone projector has a zoom wheel behind the lens and focus control to help achieve a sharper image. Also on top of the projector is a four-way controller with a central Enter button, an on/off button, a Home button, a Menu button, and several others. You can also access these and other functions with Epson's included remote control.
In terms of ports and connectivity, the PowerLite 1795F has a wide set of ports, including a VGA, an HDMI, an RCA video, and an audio-in port, as well as a USB Type-B port and a USB Type-A port. The projector can connect to a wireless network via a built-in module, and it supports Miracast streaming from compatible devices. The HDMI port also supports streaming from Chromecast, Roku or an MHL-enabled device, and the device supports projection from iOS and Android devices with the Epson iProjection app installed.
The setup process for the PowerLite 1795F was more intricate than others, because of its wider capabilities. Depending on what you’re using it for, there's software to be installed and connections to be made to a wireless network, which surely takes more time than just plugging in an HDMI or USB. However, it’s not incredibly difficult to do with the help of the user manual.
Colors were bright and well saturated. As an LCD projector, its color brightness is equal to its white brightness. Images were generally crisp.
The PowerLite 1795F has a 1-watt speaker, which told me immediately that this projector is meant to be hooked up to an external speaker source. During my testing, I didn’t do that, but I’d strongly advise a buyer to factor this into a purchase. The sound was barely audible.
Despite its sleek design and brilliant resolution, this projector lacks good sound quality and overall portability.
Even for a sophisticated projector, $955 is a splurge. In the case of the Epson PowerLite 1795F, I’m not sure that it can be justified. Despite its sleek design and brilliant resolution, this projector lacks good sound quality and overall portability. To drop such a large sum of money on a projector that doesn’t stand out in every way seems, frankly, nonsensical, though if you do have the money to spare there's a lot on offer here.
It’s hard to compare these projectors on some levels because their shape and software designs are so different, but after reviewing them both, I found them each to be intuitive choices for mini projectors.
Both have a slew of options for screening. The details for the PowerLite 1795F are noted above, while the Anker Nebula II (view on Amazon) offers Chromecast, Google Assistant, autofocus, and a much better speaker. The Nebula II has a short battery life while the Epson doesn’t run on battery. Of the two, the Capsule II feels ultra-modern, more cleverly designed and better-equipped for the price.
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This is a premium portable projector, notwithstanding sound quality and travel-friendliness.
The PowerLite 1795F is a decent projector—worth it for those who care more about image quality and far less about portability and audio capabilities. Frankly, its need to be connected directly to a power source doesn’t make it so travel-friendly unless it’s meant mainly for an office setting and a lack of good sound quality makes it difficult to excuse the price. The good image quality and easy setup got this product 5-star rating on Amazon, but to me, you’d likely do better with another product.