Epson has introduced the “small but mighty” EpiqVision Mini EF12 Streaming Laser Projector ($899.99 with current $100 discount) designed for backyard movie nights over the summer months. The unit comes with Android TV, Yamaha audio, wireless connectivity, a maximum 150-inch image size and access to streaming services. Epson insists that users will not need a screen, but can rely on a blank wall or white sheet.
“Over the past year, family gaming and streaming increased exponentially as households turned to at-home viewing entertainment to help stay connected during these unusual times,” said Rodrigo Catalan, group product manager, projectors, Epson America, Inc. “With summer around the corner, Epson’s EpiqVision Mini EF12 makes it easy to continue the fun outdoors as the ultimate backyard entertainment device. With its simple setup, bright and beautiful images, impressive sound, and seamless streaming options – the only difficult task will be choosing what to watch or play. Imagine dodging every banana peel in Mario Kart or building infinite worlds on Minecraft with a life-size viewing experience amidst the summer night air.”
The compact chassis only weighs in at five pounds. As well as Google Assistant voice-activated commands, the EF12 can stream Hulu, HBO and YouTube channels, and built-in Chromecast allows casting from phones, tablets and computers. A 3LCD light engine enables 100% of RGB color with a 1080p HDR projected image. Gaming consoles and other sources can be connected to an HDMI port (HDCP 2.3) and a second HDMI port supports ARC.
A wide sound stage from Dolby Audio combined with “high-end” Yamaha speaker drivers promise to deliver impressive sonic performance to rival quality sound bars. The EF12 can also be used as a streaming Bluetooth speaker. You can watch Shaquille O’Neal demo his own EF12 or “epicanator” on YouTube here.
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