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Topic: Ricoh PJWX 4141NI vs Epson Bright Link Pro 1420Wi
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Hello!

I've been looking at interactive projectors with whiteboard capabilities and have narrowed it down to these 2 projectors: Ricoh PJWX 4141NI and Epson Bright Link Pro 4120Wi

I've seen some demo videos on the Bright Link and looks fantastic. Although I have not seen many videos on the Ricoh, it seems very neat as well. The Epson seems to be static once mounted, and the Ricoh is smaller and seems more portable. Ricoh is also a bit cheaper.

What are your opinions on these two? What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?

Thanks in advance!

Cheers!
[Edited by AndrewPt on Jul 7, 2015 at 3:51 PM]
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Ultra short throw projectors demand an extremely flat screen. They are difficult to setup as they have no lens shift or zoom. Portability is not part of the design of UST projectors. They are meant to be mounted, and typically are VERY screen size limited.

The Ricoh indicates that it can only handle an image size of up to about 80" diagonal.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Ricoh-PJ_WX4141Ni.htm

The Epson does not list a screen size at all, but it may also be limited to 100" or so or less. Check the user manual if you need some screen size which is larger.

Still, these are very twitchy projectors, typically designed around classroom or boardroom short throw installation.

Epson is a much larger projection company than Ricoh, so I would lean towards them for longer term support of a product. Likewise, I would use the LCD technology instead of the DLP technology which Epson offers over Ricoh.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Jul 7, 2015 8:01 PM):
Ultra short throw projectors demand an extremely flat screen. They are difficult to setup as they have no lens shift or zoom. Portability is not part of the design of UST projectors. They are meant to be mounted, and typically are VERY screen size limited.

The Ricoh indicates that it can only handle an image size of up to about 80" diagonal.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Ricoh-PJ_WX4141Ni.htm

The Epson does not list a screen size at all, but it may also be limited to 100" or so or less. Check the user manual if you need some screen size which is larger.

Still, these are very twitchy projectors, typically designed around classroom or boardroom short throw installation.

Epson is a much larger projection company than Ricoh, so I would lean towards them for longer term support of a product. Likewise, I would use the LCD technology instead of the DLP technology which Epson offers over Ricoh.


Thanks!

What about the interactive whiteboard functionality? I've seen Epson videos on it and seems very neat. From what I've read and seen, Ricoh projector also does basically the same things.

What are your opinions?

Cheers!
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I think they are all not worth having personally.

They all 'work' - but they are just a mouse.

So, it's all about your software. You can't drag stuff around unless your program already supports that functionality. If you have a touchscreen laptop, and you aren't happy with how touching stuff and moving it around works, then you will be no happier using a interactive projection setup.

Since you have to stand in front of your presentation to manipulate it, I don't think it helps things out much unless you are very well prepared for what you want to accomplish.

Teachers often make good use of them because there are a number of software tools which are out there specifically designed for educational use.

But, for business use? I haven't seen much out there, and what I have seen has been pretty weak.
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Well I guess when it comes to business it's mostly usefull when presenting pdf's or powerpoints. Basically you want to make some notes on the go, highlight key points, and maybe distribute the document to peers when finished.

The other thing that I see is the capability to share the presentation with other devices via mobile and tablet apps, which I think is neat for meetings.

What do you think?

Cheers!
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