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    Question Smart LightRaise Interactive Projector

    Hi People,

    About a third of the school is being rebuilt and the money is not there to fit the rooms with Smartboards this time. We have been told it is cheaper to go for the new Smart LightRaise Interactive Projectors. Just wondering really if anyone has used these at all? If so can you give us a run down of how good they are etc?

    I don't suppose anyone in the South-West would happen to have any installed that we could come and see?

    We've also started to look at the Epson Interactive Projectors but the staff here are obsessed with the Smart software which now has a check for 3rd party hardware and then doesn't work! So not sure what to do really.

    Many thanks,


    Neil

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    We have just fitted 10 of the new 60wi projectors - they come with two pens but can be used with just fingers. They seem to work really well, very responsive to touch no perceptible lag (unlike the older 40wi pen only units). They can be a bit fiddly to calibrate but that should be a one off job. They're also fussy about boards and won't work with a surround that comes out more than 3mm from the board (forwards of the board).

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    Ohh - Spooky
    I have just had a discussion with the head about replacing our aging smartboards and the projector came up as a possibility. @PSctru Not quite clear on what you mean re the board? Did you buy special ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    Ohh - Spooky
    I have just had a discussion with the head about replacing our aging smartboards and the projector came up as a possibility. @PSctru Not quite clear on what you mean re the board? Did you buy special ones?
    The first boards that were fitted had a bezel that protruded 15mm from the board - I think it increases contrast. The projectors touch sensors (LIDAR I think) don't like it. The spec is the surround should protrude no more than 3mm out from the surface of the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pcstru View Post
    We have just fitted 10 of the new 60wi projectors - they come with two pens but can be used with just fingers. They seem to work really well, very responsive to touch no perceptible lag (unlike the older 40wi pen only units). They can be a bit fiddly to calibrate but that should be a one off job. They're also fussy about boards and won't work with a surround that comes out more than 3mm from the board (forwards of the board).
    Thanks pcstru. Did you have them installed or do it yourself? Any rough idea on the price you paid for them?

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    We had them fitted. I think the projectors themselves were around £1300.

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    @pcstru - Are the boards you had fitted dry wipe boards? Can they be used to write on as well as being used with the projector?

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    Hi Neil,


    I Will fire you over a PM to help you with demonstrations


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    Please can I have one too

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    @pcstru - Are the boards you had fitted dry wipe boards? Can they be used to write on as well as being used with the projector?
    Yes. (which is apparently too short a reply to post)

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    Quote Originally Posted by VeryPC_Colin_F View Post
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    I Will fire you over a PM to help you with demonstrations


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    Can you send info my way too please....

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    Having looked into the SmartRaise projectors we have decided against them. Our previous Smart projectors were based on DLP technology and it seems that the new LightRaise one is too. In the past our experience with the colour range and clarity over time of DLP is poor. We have compared them side by side with the Epson Interactive projectors which use 3LCD technology and it is completely clear that Epson wins. On top of that we get the Epson Hub agreement for spares, replacement bulbs are only £50 and they are cheaper in the first instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilault View Post
    Having looked into the SmartRaise projectors we have decided against them. Our previous Smart projectors were based on DLP technology and it seems that the new LightRaise one is too. In the past our experience with the colour range and clarity over time of DLP is poor. We have compared them side by side with the Epson Interactive projectors which use 3LCD technology and it is completely clear that Epson wins. On top of that we get the Epson Hub agreement for spares, replacement bulbs are only £50 and they are cheaper in the first instance.
    That is very useful info

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilault View Post
    Having looked into the SmartRaise projectors we have decided against them. Our previous Smart projectors were based on DLP technology and it seems that the new LightRaise one is too. In the past our experience with the colour range and clarity over time of DLP is poor. We have compared them side by side with the Epson Interactive projectors which use 3LCD technology and it is completely clear that Epson wins. On top of that we get the Epson Hub agreement for spares, replacement bulbs are only £50 and they are cheaper in the first instance.
    What will you do about the Smart Notebook Software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiza View Post
    What will you do about the Smart Notebook Software?
    Most of the projectors we are getting are going to be for the Maths department and they actually like the Epson software that comes with it. We can purchase a license bundled with the Epson projectors for the Smart software if we wanted too but they are generally happy (for once!) to change over.

    The rest are for the head, meeting rooms and conference room in the new build as well and they will be fine with the Epson software.

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