New Players: Ricoh and ASK Proxima
All told, we managed to include projectors from 10 different manufacturers.
This year we had projectors from two "new" players. Ricoh provided a very interesting ultra-short throw projector, and we looked at two, a "standard" small fixed install projector, and a large venue projector from ASK Proxima. Many of you remember that Proxima was one of the original major US manufacturers of projectors, but was bought by InFocus, and later sold to ASK. Now designed in Europe and built in China, ASK Proxima is back in the US market with a vengeance.
And finally, to complete the story, Epson. This year's report had more Epson projectors than any other brand, with 5 total. This was not intentional, but Epson is by far the largest seller of projectors in the US, and the world, (they claim more than 1/3 of the world market, despite some 60+ manufacturers) and they have the most extensive lineup. Epson is the company that "harasses" me regularly to review their projectors.
Because of the shortfall of projectors, I turned to them, and Epson offered me three projectors at the last minute - that is, in late March, when I realized I needed more projectors and quick. One of those was was the EX5230 included in the report, and the other - here's a story, is the Epson BrightLink 585. This projector was so new, that all they had was an engineering sample which they flew in directly from Japan. It was the last to arrive, less than 2 weeks before we started publishing, and although it was thoroughly tested/and played with before the report, the review will be last to be written up to go live, days after most of the report is published.