Epson PowerLite 1985WU WUXGA Wireless 3LCD Projector


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


No 3D support.


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


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.

The 1985WU measures 4.9 by 14.8 by 11.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 10 pounds 3 ounces, making it best suited for permanent installation or for room-to-room portability on a cart. The one unusual touch for setup is that if you want to take advantage of a standard Wi-Fi connection—as opposed to Miracast or WiDi, which are both built in—you have to insert a supplied Wi-Fi dongle into a USB Type A connector hidden behind a side panel. Beyond that, setup is standard, with a manual focus and a 1.6x manual zoom.

Using the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) recommendations for theater-dark lighting and a 1.0-gain screen, the 1985WU’s 4,800-lumen rating would make it bright enough for roughly a 265- to 355-inch image (measured diagonally) at the projectors default 16:10 aspect ratio. Even in moderate ambient light, it’s bright enough for a 175- to 195-inch (diagonal) image. You can also lower the projector brightness for smaller screen sizes, by switching it to Eco mode, using one of the lower-brightness predefined modes, or both.

The back panel offers a fairly typical set of connectors, including two HDMI ports, with one that supports Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), a composite video port, and two VGA ports. Other image inputs include a USB Type B port for direct USB display and for controlling the computer mouse from the projector’s remote, a LAN port for both controlling the projector and sending images and audio over a network, and a USB Type A port to let you read files directly from a USB memory key, connect a document camera, or update the projector’s firmware.

There are almost as many choices for wireless connections as there are physical ports. The easiest to use is Miracast or WiDi, assuming the device you want to connect supports one or the other. If not, and the projector is connected to a network using either the LAN port or Wi-Fi, you can use the Epson iProjection app to connect through an access point on the network. You can also set the projector to allow a direct connection by Wi-Fi instead, and connect directly to it with the app instead of going through an access point.

Image Quality and Audio
Image quality is one of the 1985WU’s strongest points. The projector breezed through our standard suite of DisplayMate tests with impressively good color balance and color quality, and no issues worth mention. It also maintained detail suitable for its high resolution. Black text on white, for example, is crisp and highly readable at sizes as small as 6.8 points, and white text on black highly readable at 9 points.

Video quality is nearly a match for some low-cost home theater projectors. That makes the 1985WU far better than most data projectors for video, and easily usable for long video sessions, or even for watching a full-length movie.

Also very much on the plus side is the audio system, with the 16-watt mono speaker delivering good sound quality at a volume suitable for a midsize room. If you need higher volume, stereo, or still better audio quality, you can easily plug an external sound system into the audio-out port.