I bought this with the intention of using it to show family video during the holidays. I found that this is just as good for everyday use as well. I have hooked my projector to my laptop and dvd players and even my Wii. The tripod itself is one piece so you don't have to worry about missing anything. The screen is attached to the tripod so you just have to pivot the pole to the right orientation. The only real caveat is that the tripod base is pretty small. Each leg is just over a foot or so. I wish it had a wider base. The width is wider than a typical car so I had to put a seat down to fit it in my highlander. This my be an issue for people with smaller cars. You should check the dimensions before ordering it. We tried playing the Wii outside at night which was fine until the Santa Ana winds blew the screen down. We quickly remedied the problem by placing cinder blocks ontop of the legs and it seemed to do the job. But other than that it worked great for outside; the color was still crisp and vibrant. I even rigged it in front of my bed so that I have a home theater which works even during the daylight. This is the perfect complement to a projector and I couldn't find a better price.
I have only had this product for a few days, so I don't have a lot of road experience with it. My previous experience with projectors has been with those installed in a conference or meeting room. Then, it is easier to just use the computer in the room. This is my first "personal" projector and that is how it seems to me. A projector built for me. It is a powerful, lightweight projector that not only doesn't lack features, it has it all. The brightness, color and resolution are the top for this class of projector. I am still getting used to its amazing light weight and manageable size. It reminds me of the size of a laptop about 12 years ago. At 3.7 lbs, this is something I can carry without pain all day. It arrived in its own carrying case, and included a power cable, USB cable, RGB cable, Wireless driver USB module, remote, easy setup booklet and 2 DVDs. One included drivers and software for projector management via the computer and the other a link to the manual. I had to supply remote batteries (2 AA) and the HDMI cable. Out of the box, I went looking for the wireless module and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was already installed. It was easy for me to check by unscrewing the cover and sliding it open. Installing the wireless driver to the projector and then on the computer was a snap, though if you remove the driver module from the USB port prior to end of your presentation, your computer may drop Internet which my older computer did. (I will test it later this week on a newer computer.) I just refreshed the screen to get Internet back. Features that I love are the Keystone feature which automatically compensates for a uneven surface which can distract from your presentation. I actually hate to admit that if you refer to the manual (which is easily downloaded with the link included in the projector's enclosed DVD) the menus of the 1776W are quite easy to navigate. Its automatic features such as focus and resolution work without any problems although you can do manual adjustments through the menu if you prefer. And the remote gives you all the same access to controlling the projector as using the projector's controls. Plus, the remote can access a pointer (with 3 different shapes to chose from) or mouse function which are new features for me and quite useful. I tested the split screen feature and it worked like a charm. Another feature I tested was the ability of the projector to support multiple sources. You can toggle between computer, network, video/HDMI such as a DVD player and USB. I tested the 4 different projection options and they all worked as described. Besides the standard front projection, the other I anticipate using is the rear projection feature. The other two support projection from a higher point or ceiling. The manual is well organized and well written. It is quick and easy to locate information. Epson also supplies a support number which could be a life saver if I am on the road and something goes wrong in an unfamiliar hotel or conference room. I confess that I haven't try a movie on it yet. The kids are ready for this test! So, you may want to look at another review for that, though I don't anticipate a problem. My only concern with the movie is the sound. While the projector supports sound, it may not be rich enough with a movie..so I am going to experiment using another sound source (perhaps bluetooth) with the projector! My only real complaint is the price of the replacement bulbs. I wish Epson could knock that down a bit.
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