Epson America Inc. has introduced a new multi-purpose projector designed for office, classroom, and home applications. The Epson PowerLite S3 offers 1,600 ANSI lumens of brightness and SVGA (800 by 600 pixels) native resolution in a sleek, new 5.6-pound design–all for $899.

Driven by Epson’s 3LCD technology, a three-chip design that projects continuous color and bright natural images, the PowerLite S3 is engineered to be up and running as quickly and easily as possible. When the power button is pressed, a verification tone lets users know immediately that the power is on, and in just five seconds the projected image will begin to appear on screen. The projector also automatically recognizes if a cable from a computer or video device has been plugged into one of its input ports and then displays that signal immediately without having to press any buttons. In addition, a new feature called Instant Off makes it possible to power down and unplug the projector immediately, eliminating delays often associated with cool-down cycles.

The PowerLite S3’s power-efficient, 135-watt lamp produces up to 1,600 ANSI lumens of brightness for clear viewing even in fairly well-lit rooms. The lamp is rated for up to 3,000 hours and is replaceable for $199. For users who place a premium on color accuracy, the PowerLite S3 offers several color adjustment tools that typically aren’t available on most entry-level projectors.

Finding an ideal display position is easy, Epson says, because the PowerLite S3 can project a 60-inch image from only 5.9 feet from the screen. It also includes plus or minus 30 degrees of keystone correction, which can be especially ideal for ceiling-mounted installations. A software-based security feature helps deter theft and unauthorized use.

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