Epson PowerLite 1980WU Projector Overview

Epson 1980WU
Epson 1980WU. Image courtesy of Epson

The Epson PowerLite 1980WU is part of the company's 1900 projector series. Like the other models in the line, this projector is aimed at small businesses and users in education. This is one of the more expensive 1900-series models, but it's not the top of the line.

Dimensions

The Epson PowerLite 1980WU 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.

Including the feet tacks on an extra 0.6 inch to the height. 

It weighs in at 10.2 pounds, which means it's carrying the same dimensions as the PowerLite 1975W.

Display Specs

The native aspect ratio for the 1980WU is listed at 16:10, which means it is ideal for widescreen viewing. The native resolution is 1280 x 1200 (WUXGA), and this can be resized to 640 x 480, 800 x 600, 1280 x 1024, and 1400 x 1050. It does have a higher native resolution than the 1975W.

The contrast ratio for this model is 10,000:1 (same as 1975W).

The throw ratio range is listed as 1.38 (zoom: wide) - 2.28 (zoom: tele). The 1980WU can project from a distance of 30 inches to 300 inches, which is the same as both the 1975 and the Power Lite 1955.

Light output is listed at 4,400 lumens for both color and white light. This is lower than what the 1975W outputs -- which is 5,000 for color and white -- and can help explain the price decrease.

Color and white light are measured using the IDMS 15.4 and ISO 21118 standards, respectively, according to Epson.

This model uses a 280 W UHE lamp, which is more powerful than several of 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.

This is the same lamp as the 1975W.

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 to $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

Like the PowerLite 1975W, the 1980WU enhances the audio capabilities vs. the step-down models in the line by building in a single 16-watt speaker. (Those step-down models each 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

Unlike the 1975W, however, the PowerLite does not includes built-in Wi-Fi capability. In order to take advantage of Epson's iProjection app, you must purchase an external LAN module. The iProjection 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 purchase the LAN module, 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.

Although it doesn't have built-in Wi-Fi (another contributor to the price decrease), the PowerLite 1980WU can enable wireless streaming and mirroring via MHL from other MHL-compatible devices.

(Read more about MHL here.)

The PowerLite 1980WU can also be used with the following remote control and management tools: EasyMP Monitor and Crestron RoomView.

 

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 1980WU 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 1980WU is listed at 409 watts in Normal Mode and 330 watts in Eco Mode. This is slightly lower than the PowerLite 1975W.

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 most of the other remotes in the line. (It matches the remote included with the 1975W.) The remote features the following functions: Brightness, contrast, tint, saturation, sharpness, input signal, sync, tracking, position, color temperature and volume.

The PowerLite 1980WU 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 projector also has automatic vertical keystone correction, and a "Quick Corner" technology that lets you adjust any corner of an image independently.

Finally, it comes with 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 1980WU has a $1,499 MSRP, which is $500 cheaper than the 1975W. If you require Wi-Fi for wireless streaming, be sure to factor in the added cost of the external LAN module.