Epson today announced its award-winning MegaPlex™ MG-850HD projector was featured on a recent episode of the new series “Great American Heroes” on the highly-watched Great American Country Network. The October 31 episode featured a visit to the Bakersfield Firefighters Burn Foundation, where country star Trace Atkins surprises Captain Steve Dietz, director of the Burn Foundation, with an Epson® MegaPlex MG-850HD and other contributions focused on helping the team with their outbound prevention programs.
“Organizations like the Burn Foundation are often looking for a dynamic way to share content with mid-size groups on a big screen,” said Kristi Lanzit, product manager, Epson America Inc. “The MegaPlex offers a range of connectivity options and is extremely portable and easy to use, making it a great tool for Captain Steve Dietz and the rest of the team to share information and engage with audiences as part of their prevention and marketing programs.”
Key Features: HD-Ready LCD projector; Integrated dock for iPad, iPhone and iPod; manual keystone slider; 2800 Lumens max brightness; Integrated 10W speakers
The MG-850HD is a 3LCD projector with a 1280 x 800 resolution and an auto iris designed to improve contrast ratio. Epson lists a dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and a rated brightness of 2,800 lumens in Normal mode (2,240 lumens in Eco mode). The projector features a side-oriented lens with a built-in lens cap, as well as 2.1x manual zoom and manual focus. The retractable docking cradle and dual 10-watt speakers are located on the back of the unit; the docking cradle will charge your iDevice while docked, and a special bracket is included to secure your iPad in place. Epson divides the inputs between the side and back panel: On the side, you'll find HDMI, component video, and composite video, as well as a stereo analog audio input and a microphone input. Located on back are a VGA input and dual USB ports (one Type A, one Type B) that support media playback from a connected computer or USB storage device. The MG-850HD has a gloss-black finish, and it measures 13.4 x 11.5 x 4.5 inches, with a weight of 8.4 pounds (there's also a carrying handle on one side). It uses a 200-watt E-TORL lamp with a rated life of 4,000 hours in the Normal lamp mode and up to 5,000 hours in the Eco mode.
The MG-850HD supports a tabletop or ceiling-mount setup, as well as a front- or rear-projected image. Should you opt to mount the projector upside down on the ceiling, you can't use the iPod docking cradle. In addition to the manual zoom and focus dials, the projector has three adjustable feet, and vertical/horizontal keystone correction is available to help correctly shape the image on your screen. However, this model lacks lens-shifting capability.