Epson is making a clear mission to stake a place for itself in the rapidly growing interactive education equipment market, launching three new projectors aimed squarely at use in the classroom.

The EB-S9 and EB-X9 are SVGA and XGA models respectively. The WXGA projector, the EB-W9, displays everything that can be viewed on a widescreen PC without needing any adjustments.

Running on Epson's pioneering 3LCD technology, the projectors all provide a brightness of 2,500 lumens and are capable of manual vertical keystone correction.

The display and mouse control for PC and Mac is connected by a single USB cable and each model has a built-in 1W speaker. The monitor-out provides both projector and PC screen visuals so teachers can see what they are presenting without having to turn their backs on their students.

And to make them particularly suited to classroom use, the projectors have a number of security features to deter theft and protect schools’ investments, including a padlock and security cable hole, Kensington lock and password protection.

Epson made its name in the development of consumer and home printers, but has quietly become a dominant force in the home cinema and projector market.