Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review

April 17, 2016 / By Jarrod Buckley
The Epson PowerLite 955WH is a higher-end model in Epson’s Powerlite 9xx series of classroom projectors. While Epson markets the PowerLite 955WH as a classroom projector, but it would also be suitable for use in many business/conference room applications. This model has a native 1280 x 800 (WXGA) resolution with a 16 x 10 aspect ratio.  With a list price of $899, and with discounts available for education institutions,  the PowerLite 955WH is a cost effective solution for schools, or businesses, needing a bright projector with good color accuracy. The PowerLite 955WH projects a sharp image that is bright, while providing good colors and offering a lot of performance for the money. Epson offers other models in the Powerlite series that feature similar WXGA resolution as well as models with lower XGA resolution. We previously reviewed the entry-level XGA resolution PowerLite 97H (HERE) as well as a previous generation WXGA resolution model Powerlite 99W (HERE).  Both of these projectors received out Hot Product award so it not too surprising that the PowerLite 955WH also proved to be an very good performer and also earned a Hot Product award. We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report.

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    Epson PowerLite 955WH Specs
    Price 899
    Technology 3LCD
    Native Resolution 1280x800
    Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 3200
    Contrast 10000:1
    Zoom Lens Ratio 1.60:1
    Lens Shift No
    Lamp Life 5000 hours
    Weight 6.4
    Warranty 2 years on projector, 90 days on lamp

    Overview

    The Epson PowerLite 955WH is a compact classroom projector offering a very bright image and features well suited to the typical classroom environment.  It projects a very sharp image, with its native 1280 x 800 resolution, and offers picture modes providing good color accuracy.   While the PowerLite 955WH is not a pico or pocket class of projector, it is a compact unit making it easy to move between classrooms (or conference rooms), when it has not been permanently mounted.  With a retail price of $899 and a relatively long 5,000 lamp life (in normal mode and up to 10,000 hours in Eco mode), it provides an economical solution for the education market.   The PowerLite 955WH is one of the higher-end models within Epson's PowerLite 9xx line of classroom projectors that starts with the entry-level model PowerLite 97H, with XGA resolution and a rated 2700 lumens of brightness, which sells for $350 less than the PowerLite 955WH reviewed here.

    We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report, in which this projector is considered.

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    Highlights

    • Offers a bright image with 3200 rated lumens, in brightest mode
    • Very sharp image provides excellent text readability for business/classroom presentations
    • Excellent video scaling performance
    • Picture Modes offered with good color accuracy suitable for displaying video and photos
    • Moderator function supports split-screen display with content from up to 4 networked video sources
    • Wired networking built-in and optional wireless networking
    • Can be controlled and managed from networked PC using supplied software
    • 1.6x zoom lens along with keystone correction provides very good mounting flexibility

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