The latest of Epson’s PowerLite thin-and-light projectors is the highest-resolution model in the line so far. The Epson PowerLite 1795F Wireless Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector ($999.99) offers good brightness and (you guessed it…) 1080p resolution in a portable data projector. In our testing, it had good data image quality, very good video image quality for a data projector, and a very soft sound system. Video quality is good enough to show full-length movies, but you’d need to sit very near the projector to hear its feeble audio. As long as you mean to use it with an external sound system, it’s a solid and versatile projector.
Design and Features
The two-tone (black, with a white top) PowerLite 1795F measures 1.7 by 11.5 by 8.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 4 pounds. Thin and light for its brightness (3,200 lumens), it’s actually a tad thinner than last year’s Epson PowerLite 1781W Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, despite its higher resolution, and a pound lighter than the Casio Slim XJ-A247, which has nearly identical dimensions.
This model has a zoom wheel behind the lens, as well as a focus control that uses forward and back arrows, with which I was able to get a sharp image. Apart from the focus control is a four-way controller with a central Enter button, plus an on/off button, and Home, Menu, and several other buttons. You can also access these and other functions with Epson’s included remote control. The projector comes with a soft carrying case, which has several pouches and a messenger strap.
The PowerLite 1795F has a good set of ports for a portable data projector: VGA, HDMI, RCA video, and audio in, as well as a USB Type-B port (for direct computer connections), and a USB Type-A port (for running a computer-free presentation off a USB thumb drive). The projector has a built-in module for connecting to a Wi-Fi network, and it supports Miracast streaming from compatible devices. The HDMI port also supports streaming from an MHL-enabled device. The 1795F supports projection from iOS and Android devices with the Epson iProjection app installed.
By Tony Hoffman
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