Epson PowerLite 1985WU WUXGA Wireless 3LCD Projector

PROS

Bright. 1,920-by-1,200 resolution. Supports Miracast and WiDi for easy wireless connections. High quality for both data images and video.

CONS

No 3D support.

BOTTOM LINE

The Epson PowerLite 1985WU WUXGA Wireless 3LCD Multimedia Projector offers excellent image quality, high resolution, and both Miracast and WiDi for wireless connections.

BY M. DAVID STONE

With its 4,800-lumen rating, the Epson PowerLite 1985WU WXGA Wireless 3LCD Projector stands ready to deliver an image that’s both big enough for a large room and bright enough to stand up to ambient light. Add in its WUXGA (1,920 by 1,200) resolution and support for both Miracast and WiDi for easy wireless connections, and it’s of obvious interest if you need a high-resolution projector for a spacious venue and expect to have a variety of presenters who need to connect with assorted laptops, phones, and tablets.

Significantly, the 1985WU Best Price at Amazon is the same list price as the Epson PowerLite 1975W WXGA Wireless 3LCD Multimedia Projector Best Price at Amazon, which is our Editors’ Choice WXGA data projector for a midsize to large room. Aside from resolution and a minor difference in brightness, both offer essentially the same features, so you can choose between them based strictly on the best resolution for your needs.

Both models, for example, will let you show images from two different sources at once on a split screen. They also both support Epson’s control software running on a PC to let you manage up to 50 image sources and show up to four of them on onscreen at once. However, the 1985WU will let you take better advantage of split screens should you need them, thanks to its higher resolution.

One particularly important feature both models share is that they use three-chip LCD engines. That guarantees that they can’t show the rainbow artifacts (flashes of red, green, and blue) that are a potential problem with single-chip DLP projectors. The design also ensures that color brightness is the same as white brightness, which means you don’t have to worry about a difference between the two affecting color quality or the brightness of color images. (For more on color brightness, see Color Brightness: What It Is, Why It Matters.)

The potential disadvantage for the 1985WU is that, as with most LCD data projectors, it doesn’t offer any 3D support, which you’ll find in the vast majority of DLP models. This isn’t an issue for most applications. But if you need 3D, you obviously have to look for a projector that offers it.

Setup
The 1985WU measures 4.9 by 14.8 by 11.4 inches (HWD) and w