If there is one piece of flexible technology that’s become essential in our schools, it is the projector. Newer technology now allows more schools to provide high-quality visual experiences nearly anywhere on campus. However, not all projectors are created equal. I recently had a chance to test Epson’s PowerLite L730U, a powerful laser projector that’s not “lite” on features.
Plug and Project with Simple Set Up for K–12 Classrooms
The Epson PowerLite L730U includes a variety of connectivity options and installation tools such as HDBaseT, 360-degree placement flexibility, along with 5-gigahertz enterprise-level wireless and upgraded Miracast for screen sharing.
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Out of the box, I was greeted with text on an orientation screen to confirm which of four possible directions the picture would be displayed. This can be quite useful when mounting the projector on the ceiling or sideways. If this placement puts the miniature control panel on the rear of the projector out of reach, you may use the provided remote control.
The size of the L730U dwarfs the typical Epson projectors that I’ve used in the past. It measures 17.3 inches by 12.6 inches, with a height of 5.4 inches. Use caution when mounting as it weighs a hefty 18.5 pounds.
When calibrating, I appreciated the vertical and horizontal lens shift dials that allowed me to quickly adjust the placement of the image on my screen. In less than a minute, I filled an 80-inch screen with a bold and bright picture and had a sharp lesson ready to share.
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Shine Bright with PowerLite L730U's Powerful Lumens
When I first saw the Epson PowerLite L730U in action, I thought “Whoa, that thing is bright!” Epson packs a whopping 7,000 lumens into the L730U. As a laser projector, it delivers a full spectrum of colors and detailed contrast with ease. Also, the lamp is rated as maintenance-free for 20,000 hours (or 30,000 hours in extended mode).
Another plus: If you turn off the L730U only to realize that you forgot to show something, you can fire it up again in less than 30 seconds.
Project to a Classroom or Much Larger Spaces
The Epson PowerLite L730U has a maximum image size of 500 inches with a 16:10 or ultrawide 16:6 aspect ratio.
Although the L730U will work easily in any standard classroom, it is designed to shine in a much larger room, such as an auditorium. It could also be used for signage. When testing the projector, I was in an average-sized room, and the whir of the fan was fairly noticeable.
Overall, the Epson L730U is a force to be reckoned with for both large and small spaces. Its ease of use, beautiful images and powerful laser light source means presenters and audiences alike will be satisfied when using it for teaching and learning, making it a worthwhile investment.
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RESOLUTION: 1920x1200 (WUXGA)
DIMENSIONS: 17.3x12.6x5.4 inches
SCREEN SIZE: Up to 500 inches diagonal
LAMP LIFE: 20,000 hours
BRIGHTNESS: 7,000 Lumens
CONNECTIVITY: Wired, Wireless, HDMI, VGA, HDBaseT