Epson gets closer to education with a range of ultra-short-throw projectors PDF Print E-mail

Epson, the global market leader in projectors, has launched its first range of ultra-short-throw projectors designed to meet the growing demand for easy-to-use ICT equipment in classrooms. The new models are ideal for use with standard or interactive whiteboards as the ultra-short-throw distance significantly reduces glare and shadow interference.

The Epson ultra-short-throw range consists of five projectors, two of which have inbuilt interactive capabilities and turn any projection surface into an interactive one. The Epson EB-460i and the Epson EB-450Wi use an interactive pen to give the teacher total control of the projection area. This allows notes and additions to be made and saved during a lesson.

Kelvin Reynolds, general manager, Epson Southern Africa said: “We know from our research that teachers find using technology in the classroom makes learning more interesting and relevant to children’s current lives. It can increase engagement, resulting in higher enjoyment and can address the needs of different types of learners.”

For larger classrooms, a teacher can broadcast the lesson via an inbuilt 10W speaker. The range also includes Ethernet and optional wireless connectivity to allow teachers to deliver presentations over a network and effectively engage students in a large or small classroom.

Further products in the range include the Epson EB-460, the Epson EB-440W and the Epson EB-450W. These ultra-short-throw products offer the same functionality as the Epson EB-460i and the Epson EB-450Wi without the inbuilt interactivity, making them perfect for classrooms that require brighter, clearer presentations without glare or shadows. This range of products provides an easy-to-use solution so teachers can focus on the lesson rather than the ICT equipment.

Offering a strong blend of brightness and resolution, the Epson ultra-short-throw range features up to 3,000 lumens Colour Light Output. The Epson EB-440Wi, Epson EB-450Wi and Epson 450W offer WXGA resolution, which allows users to fully leverage widescreen notebooks or tablets and widescreen DVD content.

More about the Epson ultra-short-throw range: Offering extensive connectivity, display and convenience features for educators, additional features include:

  • Interactive features (EB-450Wi and EB-460Wi): An easy way to access the world of interactivity. An electronic interactive pen replaces the mouse and enables the teacher to control the projection area
  • 2-in-1 USB display - plug and play instant setup: Instantly projects images from a Windows® PC or Mac via a USB connection, allowing for easier set up and eliminating the hassle of dealing with bulky VGA cables and toggling between computer keys
  • Microphone input: Dedicated input allows teachers to use a microphone to amplify voice using the internal 10W speaker, saving the teacher’s voice and ensuring all students can hear; volume can be adjusted using projector or remote control buttons
  • Extended lamp life: Using Epson’s exclusive E-TORL lamp technology, the lamp life can last up to 3,500 hours in eco mode
  • PC-free presentations: Offers convenient connectivity with USB memory devices such as a flash drive for easily viewing and sharing JPEG pictures without a computer
  • 3LCD technology: Features the latest, 3LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver amazing, true-to-life colour and detail for powerful presentations; 3LCD technology provides an energy efficient light engine which efficiently uses available lamp light to create stunning images

Reynolds continued, “One of the key drawbacks voiced by teachers about adopting technology in the classroom is the complexity of some in-class equipment. We have identified the need to keep it simple, plus easy to use and maintain. The Epson ultra-short-throw range all use USB plug and play connectivity and require no additional driver support, so installation and usability are child’s play.”

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