Working here at Almo we are exposed to hundreds of different products and interact on a very personal level with many of our top manufacturers. We quite possibly have more manufacturer trainings than any other company in our industry, however it is not every day that we actually get to handle and use the products that we sell. Spec sheets can offer a lot but they don’t always convey the true performance of a particular product.
Although it is our customers that are out in the field installing these products, I do on many occasions throughout the year get to have hands-on experience with a lot of gear whether it is at one of the Almo E4 AV Tour events, InfoComm, or the International Signage Expo. At our E4 events we set up all of the training rooms and have had the chance over the last five years to use several different projectors, in both the short-throw and installation categories.
For our 2014 E4 tours Epson provided the projector hardware so over the course of the year I got familiar with their units. I was pleasantly surprised by some of the higher end features found on the less expensive short throw models that I haven’t seen from other vendors like image shift and corner correction making it a breeze to perfectly match the image to the screen which can be particularly challenging in ultra-short-throw applications. For our larger rooms we used their high end Pro G series projectors with an optional short throw zoom lens in a rear projection setting. With a very generous lens shift and features like digital corner correction and image shift it only took a few minutes to get everything perfectly aligned.
The real highlight though was once we had content being shown on the projectors. The images popped and were bright with accurate colors. Surprisingly, these images were brighter than I had seen from other projectors we used in the past that actually boasted a higher brightness rating on their spec sheet than the Epson. I am now a believer in the importance of Color Light Output or Color Brightness. For more detailed information please visit: www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Landing/bright-projector-colors.do.