Epson Announces SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard System-Compatible Short and Ultra Short-Throw Projectors

New Epson Projector Models Specifically Designed for, and Certified to Work with, SMART Board Interactive Whiteboard Systems

ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 15, 2016 — (PRNewswire) —   (FETC, Booth #135) As part of its ongoing partnership with SMART Technologies Inc. to bring advanced collaborative learning solutions to the classroom, Epson, the number-one projector manufacturer in the world, today announced a line of projectors designed and certified specifically for use with SMART Board® interactive whiteboard systems. The Epson-branded PowerLite® 530 for SMART, PowerLite 580 for SMART and PowerLite 585W for SMART fully support integration with SMART Board M600 and 800 series interactive whiteboards and the SMART Extended Control Panel (ECP).

"Epson and SMART have been working to bring together the world's best classroom interactive solutions to meet the evolving needs of educators around the globe," said Jason Meyer, senior product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. "These new Epson projectors have been specifically engineered to provide enhanced integration capabilities with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems, bringing best-in-class learning technology to classrooms."

"Used in millions of classrooms worldwide, SMART Board interactive whiteboards support learning and collaboration in ways that are natural and intuitive for students" said Graeme Wallace, program manager, Hardware, SMART Technologies. "This new offering from Epson provides SMART customers with 3LCD projector options while maintaining the streamlined functionality of a SMART integrated system."

Epson provides a range of lumen, resolution and pricing options for connecting with SMART Board systems:

Product

Color Brightness1

White Brightness1

Resolution

SMART Board®
Compatibility

PowerLite 530
for SMART

3,200

3,200

XGA

SBM680E and
SB880E

PowerLite 580
for SMART

3,200

3,200

XGA

SBM680E and
SB880E

PowerLite 585W
for SMART

3,300

3,300

WXGA

SBM685E and
SB885E

More about the new PowerLite Projectors

The new Epson PowerLite for SMART models offer convenient and advanced features for educators, including:

  • Far More Accurate Color with Epson: 3LCD, 3-chip technology for 3x higher color brightness2 and up to 3x wider color gamut3 than competitive DLP projectors
  • Certified SMART Board Compatibility: Supports SMART ECP for controlling projector power, volume and input from the SMART Board; integrated solution offers SMART Notebook® collaborative learning software, as well as SMART Ink® tools, which allow teachers to create engaging and interactive learning experiences
  • Large Presentations: Short throw distance saves space; the PowerLite 530 and 580 can project a 77-inch image and the PowerLite 585W can project an 87-inch image, all with minimal shadows and glare
  • BYOD Classrooms: Wirelessly share4 and compare students' work from multiple devices, simultaneously, with Moderator device management software5
  • Epson iProjection : Wirelessly project from an array of devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, and Android tablets and smartphones using the free Epson iProjection app6
  • Low Cost Lamps: $49 Epson genuine replacement lamps reduce overall cost of projector ownership and increase cost-efficiency for classroom projection technology

As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.

Designed with educator input, Epson's advanced interactive display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson projectors make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson's unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.  

Color Brightness Specification and Projector Performance
The color brightness specification (measuring red, green and blue) published by the Society for Information Display (SID) allows consumers to compare projector color performance without conducting a side-by-side shootout. With today's high definition content, teachers and students can display content with higher quality in brighter environments. For a truly impressive image, projectors need to offer both high color brightness and high white brightness. High color brightness is important for larger screen sizes and provides flexibility for a variety of screen materials. Without sufficient color brightness, images may be muddy, soft and lose detail, even in a dark room. For more information, visit www.colorlightoutput.com.

Availability and Support
The Epson PowerLite 530 for SMART, PowerLite 580 for SMART and PowerLite 585W for SMART will be available in March 2016 through Epson national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, distribution, and the Brighter Futures program. Epson's PowerLite projectors come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service replacement program that includes projector exchange in one business day with paid shipping – and 90-day limited lamp warranty. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/education.

About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 72,000 employees in 93 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental burdens.

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