7/26/2011 - Marc Davidson from Projector Central
Epson BrightLink 455Wi Interactive
Ultra-Short Throw Projector
Marc Davidson, July 26, 2011
Virtually identical in most ways to Epson's earlier generation ultra short-throw projectors,the Epson BrightLink 455Wi adds one key new feature-you can mount it facing down, towards a table top for example, as well as use the more traditional horizontal position to face a screen.
Paired with interactivity, the new freedom of orientation lets you turn almost any table top into an interactive table as well as turn any hard vertical surface into a substitute for an interactive whiteboard. You can even point the projector at the floor to get an interactive floor space. And thanks to the ultra short throw, you can project large images from just a few inches, which means you can interact without worrying about shadows.
Built around an LCD-based 1280x800 engine, the 455Wi is rated at 2500 lumens. Like most interactive, ultra short throw projectors, it's meant primarily for permanent installation for business use or the classroom. At $2,199 estimated street price, or $1,699 with an educational discount, it costs more than some DLP-based competitors, but the price is more than reasonable, and if you prefer LCD over DLP technology, it's well worth the extra cost.