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Epson 421i

Epson 421i Projector

3000:1 XGA (1024x768) 37dB 2,500 ANSI Lumens Jul 2013
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10 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors manufactured by Epson have excellent ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors and found that Epson also have excellent ratings overall.

Supports WiFi Connectivity

The Epson 421i supports WiFi connectivity, unlike most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the 421i which do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other data projectors which support WiFi connectivity to this projector and we think a better rated multimedia projector such as the Hitachi CP-WX4022 ($1,022.99) are also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out more than a year ago, the Epson 421i has a built-in speaker.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think a better rated projector such as the Epson V11H445320, and the Optoma TX762 ($974.82) are also worth considering.

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1400 X 1050 (SXGA+) Graphics Resolution

The Epson 421i supports a maximum resolution of 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+). That's 87% more resolution than a 1024 x 768 (XGA) projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors that have been around for around the same time as the 421i. 1024 x 768 (XGA) is also supported by this projector. This data projector also support graphics resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1366 x 768, 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The resolution of all 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the 421i ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080).

If the resolution of this Epson data projector is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the NEC L102 (720 x 480, 720 x 576, 1152 x 870, 1280 x 768, 1280 x 800, 1280 x 960, 1440 x 900, 1440 x 1050, 1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated), 1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated), 1280 x 720 (HD 720 and higher rated), 1366 х 768, 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080 and higher rated), 640 x 480 (VGA and higher rated), 800 x 600 (SVGA and higher rated) and higher rated), the Panasonic PT-VW340 (640 x 400, 720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1152 x 870, 1600 x 900, 1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated), 1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated), 1280 x 720 (HD 720 and higher rated), 1280 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated), 1280 x 800 (WXGA and higher rated), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080 and higher rated), or the Viewsonic Pro10100-SD ($3,256.88) (1152 x 870, 1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Epson 421i is a three VGA (D-Sub) port data projector.

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Three USB 2.0 Ports

The Epson 421i is a three USB 2.0 port multimedia projector.

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Very Bright Brightness in Economy Mode

One year old projectors have brightness in economy mode of between 1,600 ANSI lumens and 6,000 ANSI lumens, and the average brightness in economy mode is 2,600 ANSI lumens. When compared to other projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the 421i, the Epson 421i's brightness in economy mode of 6,000 ANSI lumens is one of the brightest.

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Big RMS Rated Power

At 16 Watts, the Epson 421i has a quite big RMS rated power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the 421i. The RMS rated power of multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the 421i range from 2W to 20W.

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Very Bright Lamp Power in Economic Mode

3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are more than a year old have lamp powers in economic mode of between 230W and 6,000W, and the average lamp power in economic mode is 2,400W. The lamp power in economic mode of the Epson 421i of 6,000 Watts is one of the brightest amongst data projectors of this spec and age.

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Long Lamp Service Life

Similar spec projectors that were launched around the same time as the 421i have lamp service lives of between 1,500h and 7,000h, and the average lamp service life is 3,500h. With a lamp service life of 4,000 hours, the Epson 421i has a fairly long lamp service life compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the 421i.

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5 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for more than a year, the Epson 421i does not support Full HD projection.

It is worth considering alternative projectors with a Full HD projection including the D8800, or the D8300 both from Vivitek or the Hitachi CX-CW250WN.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The Epson 421i does not support 3D image projection, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the 421i also do not support 3D image projection.

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors with a 3D image projection which you might want to consider including the TX762 ($974.82), or the TX615 both from Optoma or the Epson V11H475020 ($640.00).

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Dim Projector Brightness

The Epson 421i has one of the dimmer projector brightnesses (only 2,500 ANSI lumens) amongst similar spec data projectors of this age. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that are one year old is 500 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,400 ANSI lumens.

Different 2500 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors which you might want to consider include the Epson EB-426Wi which have a better Kagoo Rating™.

If you are looking for a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the V11H584220-N (2600 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 ($139.95) (2600 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Epson or the Hitachi CX-CW250WN (2600 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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Very Small Lamp Power

Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that are one year old the lamp power range from 190W to 400W, and the average lamp power is 240W. With a lamp power of only 200 Watts, the Epson 421i has one of the smaller lamp power amongst data projectors of this age.

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Only 1024 X 768 Pixels Maximum Analog Resolution

The Epson 421i has a maximum maximum analog resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. That's 59% less maximum analog resolution than a 1600 x 1200 pixels data projector, which is the most common maximum analog resolution. The maximum analog resolution of all projectors of a comparable type and age to the 421i ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 1920 x 1200 pixels (best).

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3 Other reasons to consider the Epson 421i

Over a Year Old

This multimedia projector was released over a year ago.

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 37 decibels, the Epson 421i has a fairly typical noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that are a similar age to the 421i.

We compared this projector to all the other 37dB noise level multimedia projectors and we think a better rated multimedia projector such as the NEC NP-V311 ($579.00) are also worth considering.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Epson 421i has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than the most common native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors that have a resolution of XGA (1024x768) and we think a higher rated multimedia projector such as the LG BC775, the Hitachi CP-CX300WN, and the Sony VPL-SX225 are also worth considering.

If the resolution of this projector is not high enough for you then you might want to consider the V11H335121 (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated), or the V11H475020 ($640.00) (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated) both from Epson or the Panasonic PT-VW340 (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Maximum Digital Resolution
Maximum Analog Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Brightness in Economy Mode
Number of Colours
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp Power in Economic Mode
Lamp
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
WiFi Standard
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
HDCP
Password Protection Type
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control
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