The Epson PowerLite 1775W projector earns top scores from a number of reviewers for the extremely bright, sharp, true-color picture. It is among the smallest projectors in display class, at about the size of a netbook and weighing in at just under 4 pounds, though the PowerLite 1775W has both the price tag and the performance of a full-sized portable projector.
Reviewers are especially impressed with how easy the Epson PowerLite 1775W is to use, both in terms of presentation setup -- it connects wirelessly to a laptop via supplied USB dongles, or can load a presentation from a USB storage device -- and physical controls. Buttons are easy to get to, and placement and setup is made easier by features like a Screen Fit feature that automatically adjusts the image to correct for issues like keystone distortion (the trapezoidal framing caused when a projector is angled up or placed off-center). Reviewers' only quibbles with the Epson PowerLite 1775W were its noisy fan and its weak built-in audio.
The InFocus IN3114 (*Est. $1,050) is another projector to consider in this class. At about 7 pounds, it weighs quite a bit more, and costs nearly as much. It's slightly brighter than the Epson PowerLite 1775W, however, and has received a number of excellent reviews, but it's not as feature rich or as easy to use as the PowerLite 1775W..
Several detailed reviews have been posted about the Epson PowerLite 1775W, including those written by ProjectorCentral.com, ProjectorReviews.com and PCMag.com, all of which grant the projector their version of an Editor's Choice or Recommended award. About.com also offers a review, but is clearly not as impressed.
Reviewer Allan Abbott says the Epson PowerLite 1775W makes life easy for the presenter, with simple image setup, hookups, focus and start times. His tests find that the Epson PowerLite 1775W actually exceeded its advertised brightness rating -- a rarity. The high-speed fan is noisy, he notes, and the audio quality could be improved. He gives it the site's Highly Rated award.
Review: InFocus IN3114 Projector, Allan Abbott, Feb. 3, 2011
ProjectorReviews.com gives the Epson PowerLite 1775W projector its Hot Product Award, noting that it is "a great value … easily adaptable to the boardroom, conference room or classroom." Mike Rollett says that brightness is high, colors are sharp and true. It does a nice job with video, though video over the wireless link can be a challenge, he says. Weak audio and a noisy fan are the most notable negatives.
Review: Epson Powerlite 1775W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review, Mike Rollett, Feb. 2011
PCMag.com gives the Epson PowerLite 1775W projector 4 out of 5 stars and an Editor's Choice designation. Reviewer Tony Hoffman likes the light and slim form factor, the Screen Fit correction, wireless connectivity, and image quality. Down sides are the lack of some of the connectivity found on other high-end projectors, and its high price tag. Still, it's "surprisingly bright" for its small size, and an "impressively capable" projector, Hoffman writes.
Review: Epson PowerLite 1775W Multimedia Projector, Tony Hoffman, Sept. 7, 2011
About.com computer peripherals guide Lisa Johnston gives the Epson PowerLite 1775W 2.5 out of 5 stars, saying its controls are convenient and inputs many, but the speaker is disappointing and it runs extremely hot -- and noisily. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Epson PowerLite 1775 Projector Review, Lisa Johnston, Not dated