IFA 2011: iPad-ready Epson MG-850HD projector revealed

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Ahhh; the old “too many people, too small a screen movie night” party scenario. You can have all the popcorn in the world but you’re not going to make any new friends if no-one can see the screen at your “Silverscreen Superheroes” soiree. Epson think they have the solution with the MG-850HD projector. Boasting both an iPad/iPod/iPhone dock and built-in 10W speakers, they’re hoping this new model will become the centre piece of late night gatherings in teenage bedrooms and student halls up and down the land.

Another 3LCD screen, the MG-850HD can output 720p video at sizes as large as 300 inches without worrisome distortion kicking in.

As well as Apple device docking connections, the MG-850HD also boasts VGA and HDMI connections among others for a versitile mobile party machine, weighing just 3.9kg with it’s pull-out handle.

Image quality promises to be just as versitile, with quoted birghtness levels of 2,800 lumens (strong enough for daylight viewing) and a contrast ratio of 3,000:1. Placing the projector at any angle causes few headaches too, thanks to auto horizontal and vertical keystone adjustments.

“The MG-850HD is a perfect example of Epson’s dedication when it comes to pushing the boundaries of innovative thinking with home entertainment,” says Madlyne Colson, product manager at Epson Europe.

“The user-friendly menu, for example, has been designed to help viewers navigate with ease, while a unique remote control design features a stylish button layout and backlight for ease of use while watching content in the dark.”

Look for Epson’s iDevice projector instores from November.

Gerald Lynch