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Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL

LCD projector for corporate, education-type markets By John Virata

The Epson PowerLite Pro G5200WNL is a professional projector designed for large venues such as corporate boardrooms, auditoriums, and classrooms--anywhere a fully adjustable and capable projector is needed.  The unit features 4200 lumens and outputs up to 1280x800, WXGA resolution. It also supports 640x480, 800x600, 1280x1024, 1400x1050, and 1600x1200.

Weighing in at less than 15 lbs, the G5200WNL is a TFT 3LCD projector that features three 1,024,000 pixel LCDs. It supports 16:10, 16:9, and 4:3 aspect ratios and can project an image from the front of a room, rear or can be ceiling mounted as well. The standard lens is a manual focus/zoom type with f 1.64-2.5 with a focal length of 21.27 mm " 37.93 mm, with an optical zoom ratio of 1.0-1.8.

One of the big featrues to the G5200WNL is its interchangeable lens capabilities. In addition to the standard lens (sold separately), the G5200WNL can be fitted with a Long throw zoom lens(1.84 " 2.32), two middle throw zoom lenses (1.83 " 2.45 and 1.83- 2.53), and a rear projection wide lens (2.03), giving the G5200WNL a fairly wide ranging projector capability to suit a variety of different viewing environments. The G5200WNL' remote control  enables you to control a variety of functions, including Source search selection, power, aspect resize, color mode, volume, e-zoom, A/V mute, freeze, menu, page up and down, help, auto, and mouse functions.


The G5200WNL supports interchangeable lenses.

Rear

Other features include:

Input Signal
NTSC/NTSC4.43/PAL/M-PAL/N-PAL/PAL60/
SECAM
SDTV: 480i, 480p; HDTV: 720p, 1080i
Pixel works: video chip
3D Y/C separation, noise reduction motion compensated
Interlace-Progressive conversion (2 " 2, 3 " 2 film detection)

Interfaces
Computer/component video: mini D-sub HD 15 pin x 2
5BNC component
HDMI
Hardwire remote jack
S-video: mini DIN
Composite video RCA , composite  BNC
Audio in (RCA (L & R) , mini stereo)
Variable audio out: mini stereo
LAN networking: RJ-45
Serial: RS-232c
Monitor out: mini D-sub 15 pin

Lamp-275 W
Lamp Life
2000 hours (High Brightness Mode)
3000 hours (Low Brightness Mode)

Screen
Throw Ratio Range
1.64" " 2.5"
Size (projected distance)
30" " 300"

Lens Shift
Vertical: ±60 degrees
Horizontal: ±10 degrees

Keystone Correction
Vertical: -40 degrees to +40 degrees
Horizontal: -20 degrees to +20 degrees

Brightness (High Brightness Mode)
Light output " white: up to 4200 lumens (ISO 21118)
Light output " color: up to 4200 lumens

Contrast Ratio (High Brightness, Game Mode)
Up to 800:1

Brightness Uniformity (typical)
86%

Color Reproduction
16.7 million colors

Dimensions (W x D x H)
Including Feet (with standard lens)
18.5" x 13.26" x 5.94"
Excluding Feet, Lens
18.5" x 12.27" x 5.31"
Weight 14.81 lbs

The G5200WNL sports a full complement of connections

In Use
The G5200WNL outputs a very bright, super sharp, and powerful image, and doesn't seem to be affected by ambient light sources as it still performs faithfully with ambient light interference. The unit is super bright in darkened rooms and the image it output on the Panoview Gray Wolf II is excellent. The G5200WNL remained surprisingly quiet for its size, and its menuing system is easy to understand. For large auditoriums or corporate board rooms, this unit will certainly shine, especially given the unit's support for interchangeable lenses. While targeted at more business type environments rather than home theater applications, the G5200WNL does have a game mode. And it really rocks, especially playing Mario Kart on the Nintendo Wii. In addition to various PowerPoint presentations and computer based video, I projected several movies on screen to see how it fared. It did extremely well with high action sports content as well as movies and event television. The projector is targeted at the higher end of the projection market and is priced at less than $5000. But that is not to say that it wouldn't do well in a home theater environment, because it does more than better. For a corporate setting, the interchangeable lenses are probably one of the best fetaures, as is the 3000 hour rated lamp life in low brightness mode, as in educational environments, these types of projectors are on continuously during learning hours. The G5200WNL ships with a three year standard warranty and a one year lamp warranty, Epson Express Road service programs, and Private Line dedicated toll free support. It also offers  extended Fast Turn warranties as well. For more information, visit www.epson.com


 


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John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com
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