Epson has launched a new range of short-throw projectors which are specifically aimed at schools which are keeping an eye on their budget.

The projectors are designed so that they can be mounted 72cm from the screen for a 178cm picture. There are four projectors in the range - EB-435W, EB-425W, EB-430 and EB-420 – offering up to 3,000 lumens with a contrast ratio of 3,000:1.

Teachers can also display 3D objects in close detail using the Epson ELP-DC06 USB document camera or put interactive presentations together to engage students by using the equipment in conjunction with the optional Epson ELP-IU03 interactive module.

The optional module has been hailed as a good alternative to an interactive whiteboard because it works in conjunction with the projector to transform any surface into an interactive space. A specialist digital pen can be used for creating and saving notes.

Due to a nifty three-way USB device, only one cable is required for the short-throw projector range and visuals, audio and the mouse can all be controlled through it.

It is estimated that the Epson E-TORL’s lamp, which the projectors use, has a life of 6,000 hours in eco mode, whilst the filter will last for up to 5,000 hours. The range is expected to be available from November.