Projector review: Epson EB-1776W

Projector review: Epson EB-1776W

No more fiddling with projectors to get that perfect rectangle projected quickly onto the screen or wall.

Among Epson's family of compact projectors, the EB-1776W is the only one that includes an automatic keystone correction and automatic focus capabilities.

This fixes the perennial bugbear of setting up a projector to get the rectangular projection onto the wall or screen at any distance and elevation.

Indeed, the technology worked as promised. No matter how much I tilted the projector upwards, or moved the projector sideways, the EB-1776W was able to project a rectangular image without the need to adjust the keystone controls.

This is also one of the slimmest projectors I have seen in years. With a thickness of just over 4cm, the projector can be packed easily into a messenger bag. Weighing 1.71kg, it is also light enough to be carried around for a day without overworking your arms and shoulders.

Colour light output of 3,000 lumens means that images are sufficiently illuminated, even if you are presenting in a room with the lights on. Colours also appear vibrant with a high level of contrast.

The EB-1776W supports several connectivity options. Besides the usual way of connecting your laptop's VGA or HDMI port to the projector, you can also do so via a USB cable.

The drawback of using a USB connection is the need to install software drivers on your Mac or PC. Also, be prepared for video playback to appear choppy.

Alternatively, you can cut the cords and beam the visuals via Wi-Fi to the projector, by using the Epson wireless USB key.

While I managed to project the screen of my MacBook Pro over the air after installing the EasyMP Network Projection software, I could not do so for my iOS and Android devices with the Epson iProjection mobile app.

The projector's lamp is rated to last for 4,000 hours, which should give you a few years of use.

Despite some wireless snags, the EB-1776W projects vibrant images for its size and is one of the easiest projectors to set up and use.

aarontan@sph.com.sg

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