Epson PowerLite 1776W Widescreen Business Projector

by Jane on November 2, 2014

Is this Epson Business Projector as Good as the Rating say? Or do they Lie?

The Epson PowerLite 1776W Widescreen Business Projector ff you have researched this model then you will have seen on many different sites it has received very high ratings from customers online. But is this an accurate reflection of the quality and level of utility this business model provides?

This is the question we want to answer. Here we will give you all the information you need to make a well-informed purchasing decision. This review will cover information and ratings on: Picture quality, data testing, connectivity ports and price (See at Amazon). And whatever else is useful for a person to know before buying the Epson PowerLite 1776W Widescreen Business Projector.

Epson PowerLite 1776W Business Projector WXGA Resolution Review

Picture Quality 4.6 out of 5 stars

This is a projector which runs on LCD technology (liquid crystal display) it avoids the annoying rainbow artifacts that are sometimes seen in projectors running on DLP technology.

Comparing the picture quality provided by this model to other business presentation models available in the $1000 and under price range, the Epson PowerLite 1776W  preforms very well, if not outperforming the majority of competing models in picture quality.

Works well with PowerPoint and other commonly used software. If you plan on adding video clips to a presentation it handles clips of any length very well.

Handles dark colors very well which is important when considering the majority of text used in presentations is dark. On the other hand, when it comes to brighter colors there’s slight loss image quality compared to darker colors.

What about the level of resolution

We want to make this clear. Ever since HDTV’s hit the market, high definition has become somewhat a buzz word. We all need high definition, right? Right???

This refers to the level of resolution a source (e.g. projector, TV) supports, while not the only factor, it is important when talking about the image quality a device is able to produce.

There’s no standardized definition of high-definition. Though many people consider only a device capable of supporting 1080p resolution as true high-definition (at least for now).

The Epson PowerLite 1776W is not 1080p but rather WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution.

Data Testing 4.8 out of 5 stars

We tested the throw range of this model (distance lens from screen vs image size):

Overall, the model is capable of producing a range of in focused image sizes  30 inch diagonal (2.2 feet away) to a 300 inch diagonal (at 26.8 feet away from the screen).

  • 7 feet 10 inches from the screen a 80 inch diagonal image.
  • 9 feet 10 inches from the screen a 100 inch diagonal image.
  • At a distance of 19 feet 9 inches a 200 inch diagonal image was produced.

We also tested the effects of different levels of ambient light:

In a completely dark room the Epson PowerLite 1776W produced an outstanding bright image. The projector was also able to stand up to a fairly high amount of ambient light without any noticeable degradation of image brightness. With the lights completely on there was a slightly noticeable degradation of the image.

All and all, the 1776W model rates above average in its ability to handle high levels of ambient light when compared to other business projectors in the $1000 and under price range.

Testing the clearness of text:

Obviously the clearness of the text produced on screen is very important for a business projector. In our test all different sizes and fonts were readable on the screen. The smallest text size was a bit blurry but still readable.

Connectivity Ports 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Wireless LAN connectivity
  • USB plug-n-play makes connecting to PC and MAC simple and fast
  • HDMI
  • Composite video
  • Audio in
  • USB type-B for audio and mouse control
  • USB type-A for memory storage device

Bulb Life 4.3 out of 5 stars

In case you ever need a replacement the 230 W UHE lamp model is used in the Epson PowerLite 1776W multimedia business projector. It has a lamp life of 4,000 hours and it currently costs around $100 to replace.

This is the lowest rated category in our review of the model. With a few upgrades, Epson basically designed the 1776W model to replace their prior 17761W model. One of these upgrades was increased lamp brightness of the 1776W (3000 lumen white and color) compared to the 17761W (2600 lumen).

While it is brighter than the previous model we had to give it a 4.3 out of 5 rating. Although 4,000 hours of lamp life isn’t bad there are business models on the market with LED lighting providing over 20,000 hours of lamp life such as the Casio XJ-A246. Now we are not saying definitely this Casio model is better overall but it does win in the category of lamp life.

1771W vs 1776W read our comparison

1776W vs Casio XJ-A246 which is better for you

As we mentioned above, the Epson 1776W was designed as an upgrade to their previous 1771W model. Both are wireless, the 1776W adds keystone correction and auto fit and a couple more extras. If these extras are not important to you then you could save a couple hundred dollars with the 1771W model.

Conclusion and Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

The purpose of this review on the Epson PowerLite 1776W projector was to determine if the reviews and ratings given by customers were accurate. After testing the different features we conclude the ratings are fairly accurate and the projector does provide value vs price.

In our opinion the wireless capability, quick connect mode and image quality are the most outstanding attributes of this model.

With that said, unless you are a pro, the set up and ease of use of this model will be a little difficult for people who don’t have a lot of experience with projectors.  This shouldn’t scare you off from buying it just make sure you test it out at home or in the office a few times to familiarize yourself with how it works.

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