Ultraportable and Powerful Projector

SAN FRANCISCO (06/23/2000) - Want to mesmerize the audience at your next mobile presentation? Try Epson America Inc.'s brilliant PowerLite 710c projector.

This fine presentation partner for road warriors is the first unit in its weight class with a brightness rating of 1000 ANSI lumens, supporting sharp 25-foot-diagonal images at 45 feet, as well as great scaled-down images for small-group presentations.

I hooked a shipping unit to a 500-MHz Pentium III notebook and projected a series of PowerPoint presentations, digital photos, and other images onto a 50-inch portable tabletop screen and a highly reflective white wall. I also connected it to a TV tuner and S-VHS VCR to check the quality of the video images it projected--no disappointments.

Several factors enhance the US$6000 Epson's punch, starting with a three-panel LCD that delivers rich, saturated colors. Tipping the scales at just 5.8 pounds, the PowerLite has a native XGA resolution, but it can also resize and display VGA and UXGA resolutions.

Features include an optical zoom lens, a built-in speaker, a 120-watt bulb and a keystone control for correcting image distortion. An infrared remote control permits users to adjust brightness, contrast, and other variables easily. There is no built-in laser pointer, however, and you can't save custom presets.

But this unit's virtues outweigh its shortcomings. For business travelers who don't mind paying a premium price, the PowerLite 710c delivers unmatched performance.

--Richard Jantz

Epson PowerLite 710c

PRO: Very portable; bright and colorful images; good remote control.

CON: Expensive, no laser pointer.

VALUE: Top-notch performance in a portable projector.

Street price: $6000

Epson America

800/463-7766

www.epson.com.

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