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Appeared on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004
New EPSON PowerLite 821p Projector Combines 2,600-ANSI Lumens

Picture a well-lit room or environment where colorful presentations and detailed digital images need to be projected clearly on a screen or wall from a variety of distances.

Add to that challenge a business or school in need of a portable projector that is not only quick and easy to set up using several video sources, but also adds the values of extremely quiet fan noise, yet loud and clear audio capabilities. Although this may sound like an AV dilemma that is impossible to solve with just one product, the new EPSON PowerLite 821p is an ideal solution.

The PowerLite 821p is the LCD projector that solves all of these presentation challenges and more for just $3,099 (estimated street price). It offers 2,600-ANSI lumens of brightness to overcome rooms with high levels of ambient light, XGA (1024 x 768) resolution for sharp detail, and a 1.6x power zoom lens that can project a large and clear image from either long or unusually short throw distances. This projector also features two computer and two video inputs to easily switch between video sources, as well as four dedicated audio inputs to manage different sound sources. Audio is further enhanced through the projector's specially engineered, built-in five-watt speaker that can project content clearly throughout a room, while its quiet-running fan (as low as 30 db) provides a virtually unobtrusive environment for more effective communications.

"We've really broadened our entire segment of portable projectors recently to meet an increasing demand for more connectivity, flexible setup options, XGA resolution and lower cost of ownership," said Aaron Marinari, product manager, Epson America. "This projector is an ideal `affordable portable' solution for any business or classroom because it addresses so many setup and installation issues that other manufacturers haven't been able to solve with just one product. It's also the best value in its class when you factor the combination of 2,600-ANSI lumens and the setup flexibility that comes with a 1.6x zoom lens."

Start-up and shutdown procedures are quick and easy. A setup feature called "Auto Source Selection" automatically searches for a valid input source signal and lets the user know the setup process is complete. Setup is further simplified with the inclusion of color-coded cables and a verification tone that sounds whenever the "Power On/Off" button has been selected. The projector is also Ethernet-ready with third-party network compatibility that allows the user to plug into virtually any existing platform, giving them a unique interface for control, monitoring and security.

The PowerLite 821p uses three Epson LCD panels to project a wide variety of computer and video images with unmatched rich color saturation and full-time color. The projector uses a 2,000-hour replaceable bulb priced at $299. Because the PowerLite 821p also offers two brightness modes, bulb life can be extended up to 3,000 hours by using the lower setting.

The EPSON PowerLite 821p will be available through authorized pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog and direct PC dealers throughout the country this September.

Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services -- two-year Epson PrivateLine(TM), two-year Road Service Program and two-year International Warranty. Through the PrivateLine, projector owners can directly access an expedited support telephone line (typically in about one minute) by using a phone card that is included with the product.

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