Epson PowerLite 1975W Projector Overview

Epson PowerLite 1975W
Epson PowerLite 1975W. Image courtesy of Epson

The Epson PowerLite 1975W is part of the company's 1900 projector series. This line is geared toward small businesses and users in education. This is among one of the most higher-featured models in the line, packing in a host of wireless streaming and projection technologies. It is, naturally, also among the highest-priced model in the line.

Dimensions

The Epson PowerLite 1975W is a 3LCD projector. It measures 14.8 inches wide by 11.4 inches in diameter by 4.3 inches high when the feet are not taken into consideration, making it slightly larger than the models listed below it in this line.

It weighs in at 10.2 pounds, making it also heavier than those other projectors.

Display Specs

The native aspect ratio for the 1975W is listed at 16:10, which means it is ideal for widescreen viewing. The native resolution is 1280 x 800 (WXGA), and this can be resized to 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1280 x 1024, and 1400 x 1050.

The contrast ratio for this model is 10,000:1.

The throw ratio range is listed as 1.38 (zoom: wide) - 2.28 (zoom: tele). The 1975W can project from a distance of 30 inches to 300 inches, which is the same as the Power Lite 1955.

Light output is listed at 5,000 lumens for color and 5,000 for white light, which matches the highest in this line and is almost found in the 1960. Color and white light are measured using the IDMS 15.4 and ISO 21118 standards, respectively, according to Epson. This is another significant example of how this model differs from the 1945W.

This model uses a 280 W UHE lamp, which is more powerful than the other lamps in the line.

The company says this lamp lasts up to 4,000 hours in ECO Mode and 3.000 in Normal Mode (the latter of which is slightly higher than those other models).

When purchasing a projector, the lamp lifetime is an important concern because replacing the lamp can be pricey (this is no ordinary light bulb). Replacement lamps can run the gamut depending on the type you need, but expect to spend around $100-$140 for one.

Lamp life can also vary based on the type of viewing modes used and in what type of setting it's used. As the company points out in its product literature, the lamp brightness will decrease over time.

Audio Specs

The PowerLite 1975W ups the audio capabilities by featuring one 16-watt speaker. (The step-down models in the line have a 10-watt speaker.) This is should be perfectly suitable for use in a large room.

The fan noise is 31 dB in ECO Mode and 39 dB in Normal Mode, according to Epson. This is within the standard range for the company's PowerLite models.

Wireless Capabilities

Like the 1945W, the PowerLite 1975W includes built-in Wi-Fi capability, allowing you to take full advantage of Epson's iProjection app. This app lets you display and control content from your projector using an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. For example, if you want to display a photo or website on your iPhone to the projection screen, you just need to pair the projector with the app -- never mind USB cables or even USB sticks.

If you don't have one of these Apple devices, you can also control the projector using a computer browser if the projector is connected to a network. Epson says you don't need to download any software and that it works with both PCs and Macs.

The PowerLite 1975W can also be used with the following remote control and management tools: EasyMP Monitor and Crestron RoomView.

The PowerLite 1975W also enables wireless projecting using Miracast technology (so you can project from smartphones or tablets). It also uses WiDi technology for Intel devices and MHL streaming and mirroring from other MHL-compatible devices. (Read more about MHL here.)

Inputs

There are multiple inputs: USB (Type A), USB (Type B), Computer 1, Computer 2, HDMI 1/MHL, HDMI 2, Video, Audio Right and Left, Audio 1, Audio 2, Audio Out, Power, RS-232c, Monitor Out and LAN.

If you're not sure of the differences between Type A and Type B USB ports, here is a quick and dirty lesson on the difference between the two inputs: Type A looks like a rectangle and is the kind that you'll use with a memory stick (also called a portable flash drive).

The shape of Type B can vary, but it often looks like a square and is used for connecting other computer peripherals.

Because the PowerLite 1975W does have the Type A connector, you will not be required to use a computer for presentations. You can store your files on a memory stick or hard drive, connect it to the projector, and carry on.

Power

The power consumption for the 1975W is listed at 435 watts in Normal Mode. This is higher than any of the other step-down models in the line.

Security

Like most, if not all, Epson projectors, this one comes with Kensington's Security Lock port (a commonly found hole meant for use with Kensington's popular locking systems).

Lens

The lens has an optical zoom. This article from About.com's Camcorder site explains the differences between optical and digital zooms.

The zoom ratio is listed at 1.0 - 1.6. This is the same as the others in this line.

Warranty

A two-year limited warranty is included for the projector. The lamp is under a 90-day warranty, which is typical The projector is also covered under Epson's Road Service Program, which promises to overnight ship a replacement projector -- for free -- if something is wrong with yours. Fine print aside, this sounds like a good promise for road warriors. There is the option to purchase additional extended-service plans.

What You Get

Included in the box: projector, power cable, component-to-VGA cable, remote control with batteries, the software and user manual CDs.

The remote can also be used at a distance of up to 26.2 feet, which is nearly double the distance of the other remotes in the line.

The remote features the following functions: Brightness, contrast, tint, saturation, sharpness, input signal, sync, tracking, position, color temperature and volume.

The PowerLite 1975W also features Epson's Multi-PC Collaboration tool, so you can display up to four computer screens at the same time. More screens can also be added and put on standby mode.

This PowerLite 1975W boasts automatic vertical keystone correction, as well as a "Quick Corner" technology that lets you adjust any corner of an image independently.

It also has built-in Closed Captioning, and Epson has included several video-enhancement processing technologies that are meant to improve video performance, such as Faroudja DCDi Cinema.   

Price

The PowerLite 1975W has a $1,999 MSRP.

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