In other words, the Powerlite 1985WU is Epson's top of the line, highest resolution, high volume, affordable projector. It should work well in university classrooms, large corporate rooms for training and meetings, board rooms and small auditoriums.
So, what we have here, is a very serious WUXGA projector. It's large venue bright at 4800 lumens. That's white and color lumens - which matters. If you have the interest, click for our video on the importance of color lumens). Overall it has a very impressive feature set. It costs less than half of Epson's G series projector with the same resolution (but slightly brighter).
You obviously get a better return on investment if you don't need the lenses, and perhaps some other advanced features such as edge blending (which no one had under $10,000 even a few years ago, and even fewer need). So, why spend for a projector with all the expensive bells and whistles, especially when it can more than double the price?
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The Powerlite 1985 is one of the newest in Epson's 19xx series. We previously reviewed the lower resolution (and older series) Powerlite 1945W with 4200 lumens (which remains current, street price $1699), and also the 1965 ($1899, XGA, 5000 lumens). The rest of the product series plays out like this:
- The least expensive of the lineup is the Powerlite 1940, at $1299 with the lower WXGA resolution, and 4200 lumens. Also:
- Powerlite 1955: XGA, 4500 lumens, Street Price 1699
- Powerlite 1960: XGA, 5000 lumens, Street Price $1499
- Powerlite 1980WU: WUXGA, 4400 lumens, Street Price $1499
- Powerlite 1975W: WXGA, 5000 lumens, Street Price $1999
The features sets do vary. Some have Wifi built in, some have MHL on their HDMIs. This chart may help you simplify which one best suits your needs:
Chart of Current Epson Powerlite 19xx series projectors
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report, in which this projector is considered.