When St Margaret’s College upgraded its AV capabilities recently, Epson’s ‘impressive’ and ‘flexible’ EB-485Wi and EB-585Wi interactive ultra-short throw projectors proved the perfect solution.
“The upgrade came about for two reasons,” said Technical Systems Manager Blake Richardson. “Firstly, due to the Canterbury earthquakes, we lost more than 80 per cent of our buildings and, secondly, the projectors we had were a mix of new and old from various manufacturers.”
St Margaret’s College in Christchurch has a proud history of academic, sporting and cultural success. Richardson and his team set about assessing and evaluating all the current projectors on the market that would meet its high standards.
“After the earthquakes, a new campus plan was drawn up that included three new classroom blocks and the renovation of a fourth block. Our requirements meant that the projectors all be the same brand, of particularly high quality, and that they fully met the purpose for which they would be used.”
Bright and clear images
St Margaret’s College uses projectors in every one of their learning spaces, so a bright and clear image was essential.
“We were particularly impressed with the high quality of the image and the low cost of replacement lamps for both EB-485Wi and the EB-585Wi projectors. We also really liked the fact that these projectors allowed us to do away with our interactive whiteboards and give each classroom the same features.”
The EB-485Wi and EB-585Wi are ultra bright, ultra flexible and ultra reliable ultra-short throw interactive projectors. Both also feature dual pen interactivity, simultaneous dual pen functionality, self-calibration and advanced networking enabling users to monitor, control and present from a remote location.
Epson’s flagship interactive model, the EB-595Wi, is the world’s first 3LCD, finger touch-enabled interactive projector. It boasts better brightness, up to 3,300 lumens allowing the screen to be easily viewed from anywhere in the classroom without dimming lights, increased contrast ratio (now 10,000:1) and longer lamp life (up to 6,000 hours in ECO mode) giving better cost efficiencies and savings.
Intuitive and enhanced
“The EB-595Wi projectors take Epson’s ultra-short throw range up a further notch with not only finger touch-enabled interactivity but also PC Interactivity. Epson’s latest and enhanced PC interactive software ‘Easy Interactive Tools’ provides an intuitive user interface and enhanced interactive features,” said Nika Maltseva, Marketing Manager, Epson New Zealand.
“The EB-595Wi also offers digital connectivity, including two HDMI ports, with one supporting MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) for mirroring connectivity with Android mobile devices. There’s also wireless projection when used with an optional LAN card (using peer-to-peer wireless and Epson’s EasyMP Network Projection software) and projector control using Multi-PC projection software with a Moderator function that enables up to 50 devices to connect to the projector, and the managing and controlling of up to four images displayed on the screen.
“Finally, both EB-485Wi and EB-585Wi projectors – and indeed all Epson projectors – are based on superior 3-chip LCD technology giving vibrant realistic colours, high-quality detail and solid reliability. Epson projectors also use 3LCD engines that have no colour wheel with a white segment which, in practical terms, means Epson projectors have up to 3x brighter colours than their leading competitive 1-chip DLP projectors.”
At St Margaret’s College, Blake Richardson very much sees the benefits of such high quality projectors.
“We use the EB-485Wi and the EB-585Wi ultra-short throw projectors in all of our learning spaces and these provide a nice bright and clear image. Our large boarders’ dinning room has an Epson EB-X14 installed, which is used for internal and external events. We also have two Epson EB-G5750WU installation projectors attached to a HDMI matrix in our auditorium and an Epson EB-G6250W which projects onto our large cyclorama screen.
“We’re very happy with all of the Epson projectors we have chosen and feedback from our staff and students is very positive. Our new ultra-short throw projectors work very well in the classroom and are a massive improvement from our older projectors.”
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Located in Christchurch, this is an independent day and boarding school for Year 1- 13 girls and comprises Junior, Middle and Senior schools, as well as a Pre School.
Epson offers an extensive range of image capture and image output products, and is market leader in sales of projectors for education.
For more contact (09) 366 6855 or visit epson.co.nz/interactive