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Epson PowerLite 580
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Epson PowerLite 580 Projector

PC Mag Editor's Choice
10000:1 XGA (1024x768) 35dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens Feb 2014
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The PowerLite 580 ultra-short-throw projector takes collaborative learning to a whole new level. Designed for today's BYOD classroom, this XGA performer includes advanced network connectivity and... More
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10 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The expert at one expert review site wrote that this multimedia projector was outstanding and gave it their highest award. This Epson multimedia projector received an "Editor's Choice" award from PC Mag.

Expert Reviews Are Good

This projector received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from PC Mag.

Epson Has Good Projector Reviews

Epson is one of the better rated projector manufacturers according to average expert and user reviews, and Epson also has good ratings for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The PowerLite 580 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

Alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might want to look at include the Benq GP3, or the Epson 1975W which has better reviews.

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1400 X 1050 (SXGA+) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the PowerLite 580 is 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+). That's over four times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors of a similar age and type to the PowerLite 580. In addition, this multimedia projector support graphics resolutions of 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA) and 1440 x 900 (WXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago graphics resolutions range from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Three Audio in Ports

The PowerLite 580 is a three audio in port projector. Most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerLite 580 only have between one and two audio in ports.

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Two HDMI Ports

Most similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years have between one and two HDMI ports, including the Epson PowerLite 580 which has two HDMI ports.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Epson PowerLite 580 is a two USB 2.0 port projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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Quite High RMS Rated Power

The RMS rated power of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years range from 1W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 8.9W. With an RMS rated power of 16 Watts, the PowerLite 580 has one of the higher RMS rated power amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level in Economy Mode

The average noise level in economy mode of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite 580 is 30dB. At only 28 decibels, the Epson PowerLite 580 has a quite quiet noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The Epson PowerLite 580 does not support 3D image projection, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the PowerLite 580 also do not support 3D image projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a 3D image projection and we think the Optoma ML550 which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as the PowerLite 580 do not support Full HD projection. The PowerLite 580 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We think you might also be interested in other projectors which also support Full HD projection including the NEC NP-M282 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The PowerLite 580 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite 580 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity including the Benq W1500.

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Very High Running Costs

Based on typical energy prices we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the PowerLite 580 is £153, which makes it one of the least economic to run 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Very Low Number of Colours

At only 1.07 million, the PowerLite 580 has a fairly low number of colours compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and type. Across all the projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite 580 the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M.

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Heavy

The PowerLite 580 is one of the heavier multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the PowerLite 580 (5.3 kilograms) amongst multimedia projectors of this age. The average weight of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerLite 580 is 4.6kg, and the weights range from 360g to 54kg.

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Very High Power Consumption During PowerSave

Across all the projectors of this spec and age the power consumption during PowerSave range from 0.2W to 280W, and the average power consumption during PowerSave is 170W. With a power consumption during PowerSave of 280 Watts, the PowerLite 580 has one of the highest power consumption during PowerSave amongst projectors of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Epson PowerLite 580

Released Over Two Years Ago

Epson released the PowerLite 580 over two years ago.

Average Noise Level

At 35 decibels, the Epson PowerLite 580 has a pretty typical noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been around for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 35dB noise level data projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the Epson BrightLink 595WI+.

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Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Epson PowerLite 580 has a pretty typical projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar spec and age to the PowerLite 580.

Multimedia projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might be worth looking at include the EB-595Wi (£1,242.99) (3,300 ANSI lumens), or the 1430Wi (£1,580.04) (3,300 ANSI lumens) both from Epson or the NEC M352 (3,500 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The PowerLite 580 has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
D-Sub PC in Port
DisplayPort
Microphone 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 Standard
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Mounting Brackets Included
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

1 Award

PC Mag Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(1)
21 January 2016

The Epson PowerLite 580 XGA 3LCD Projector offers a 1,024-by-768 native resolution and an ultra-short throw that delivers a bright, high-quality, big image from only inches away from the screen...

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £120.50
Electricity cost when on standby £31.70
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Total running cost over 5 years £152.20
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.76 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 20 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epson 1024x768, epson v11h604320, epson v11h604020, epson america v11h604320
Barcodes 00010343910720, 00010343928633, 00012302436111, 00103439107200

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