New 5.7-Pound Epson PowerLite 76c Projector

Epson America Inc. has announced the the Epson PowerLite 76c. Featuring up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness with XGA native resolution (1,024 x 768) in a 5.7-pound design, the PowerLite 76c is slated to sell for $1,099 (estimated street price.) Driven by Epson's 3LCD technology, a three-chip engine design that projects continuous color and vibrant images, the PowerLite 76c is said to display a wide color gamut with excellent brightness and edge-to-edge consistency. In addition, the PowerLite 76c comes with a new Instant OffTM feature for immediate shutdown of the projector. Epson has also equipped the PowerLite 76c with new lamp technology, E-TORL (Epson Twin Optimized Reflection Lamp), to deliver what is said to be a superior level of brightness in a compact form factor. E-TORL efficiently gathers and projects light to reduce light leakage and diffraction.

To get presentations up and running quickly and smoothly, the PowerLite 76c takes only four seconds between pressing the power button and projection of the start-up screen. And, with Epson's exclusive Instant Off feature, no cool down time is necessary. Users can simply press the power button and unplug the power cable immediately at the end of their presentation.

For added control, the PowerLite 76c features a "Source Search" button which automatically identifies and displays the connected inputs and changes instantly between sources. A 1.2x optical zoom lens enables users to easily adjust the display size to project large images from relatively short throw distances, resulting in a wide range of set-up possibilities. The unit's 30-degree keystone correction ensures a high-quality display, even in less-than-ideal environments. Depending on the presenting environment, the PowerLite 76c allows users to choose a 1,500 ANSI lumens "Low Brightness" mode to increase lamp life.

The included remote control enables PowerPoint and Keynote presentation slides to be advanced and manipulated without using a PC. The projector also offers several useful features for ceiling-mount projection, including top-side access for easy lamp replacement, front-side access for air-filter replacement, easy switch to ceiling-mount mode (inverted picture) via the remote control, and direct power-on that is activated automatically when a room's power source is switched on.

The Epson PowerLite 76c will be available through authorized pro audio/visual, national distribution, catalog, and direct PC dealers in October 2005. Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty that includes three elite technical support services -- two-year Epson PrivateLine™ availability, 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.