Epson Announces PowerLite 680 for SMART – Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display Compatible with SMART Board Interactive Whiteboards

5/16/2017 9:43:00 AM

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 16, 2017 – Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today announced its continued collaboration with SMART Technologies Inc. to bring Epson’s amazing image quality to classrooms using the SMART Board® M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards with the launch of the Epson PowerLite® 680 Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Display for SMART. This presentation display offers seamless integration with SMART Extended Control Panel (ECP)1.


Epson 3LCD projectors offer up to 3x higher color brightness than competitive models2.  Leveraging Epson’s proprietary 3LCD technology, the PowerLite 680 for SMART presentation display delivers bright, crisp images. It also minimizes glare and shadow interference, and includes versatile connectivity to meet a variety of classroom needs.  


“Epson and SMART continue their longstanding partnership to bring the very best collaborative learning solutions to the classroom,” said Veronika Knight, product manager, Projectors, Epson America, Inc. “Epson’s PowerLite 680 for SMART was designed specifically for use with SMART Board® M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards to deliver educators and students with immersive collaborative experiences utilizing the display’s superior brightness.”


The new PowerLite 680 for SMART offers 3,500 lumens of color and white brightness3 for incredible images even in well-lit classrooms. Offering native XGA resolution and a 77-inch display size, the PowerLite 680 for SMART provides better readability in the classroom with large, vivid, easy-to-see images.


“Powered by SMART Notebook software, SMART Board® interactive whiteboards support enriched learning experiences by enabling true multi-student collaboration and small-group learning,” said Tom Ferrari, director, Channel, SMART Technologies. “The new Epson PowerLite 680 for SMART provides our customers with the option to maintain an integrated SMART interactive whiteboard system with enhanced display performance.”


Ideal for BYOD classrooms, the PowerLite 680 for SMART offers wireless functionality to help students learn and collaborate, regardless of where they sit. The PowerLite 680 for SMART enables instructors to share content between the big screen and wirelessly connected mobile devices for individualized learning. Students can wirelessly participate in discussions by displaying content from Chromebooks, PCs and Mac® computers, as well as iOS and Android devices, with the Epson iProjection wireless display solution4. Up to 50 users can connect to the presentation display simultaneously when used in conjunction with Epson Multi-PC projection, plus the Moderator device management software5. Displaying content from as many as four students simultaneously, the Moderator software is the perfect tool for showing a variety of content, or for comparing students’ work side-by-side. Teachers can also connect to an access point to share their display with the entire class, without adding more cables.


With up to 10,000 hours of lamp life in ECO Mode6, the PowerLite 680 for SMART is an all-in-one worry-free classroom display. The Epson PowerLite 680 for SMART also offers additional networking capabilities that allow schools to manage up to 1,024 Epson networked displays using the EasyMP® Monitor software or Crestron RoomView®. Additionally, using the Message Broadcasting plug-in for EasyMP Monitor, schools can send updates or announcements remotely to up to 1,024 Epson networked displays.


More about Epson’s new PowerLite 680 for SMART

The PowerLite 680 for SMART provides advanced quality, flexibility and performance for classroom collaboration, with features including:


Compatible – Specially designed to work with SMART Board M680 and 880 interactive whiteboards


Seamless integration – Connect and control displays via the SMART Extended Control Panel (ECP)1


Ultra Short-Throw Presentation Displays – Provides virtually no shadow interference


Up to 3x Higher Color Brightness2, and Reliable Performance – 3LCD, 3-chip technology


Versatile Connectivity – 3x HDMI® supports multiple high-definition A/V devices, with MHL® support, ensuring flexible placement and fast, easy setup7


Enhance Classroom Collaboration – Wireless display solution allows teachers to control personal device display and encourages students to participate4


Display High Quality Images – High brightness along with 3LCD technology creates bright, colorful images that can be seen even in well-lit rooms


Long-Life, Low-Cost Lamps – Lasts up to 10,000 hours in ECO Mode6, including $49 replacement lamps


Remote Management – Easy network connectivity with software included


Powerful Sound – Built-in 16W speaker and microphone input, or use external speakers, even in Standby Mode, for powerful sound to engage every student


As a leader in innovation and partnership, Epson also offers the Brighter Futures® program, a unique sales and support initiative available specifically for schools. Designed to help educators select and implement the best products for their classrooms while making the most of their budgets, Brighter Futures offers special pricing, extended Epson limited warranty coverage for a total of three years, dedicated education account managers, and toll-free technical support for all Epson projectors and associated accessories.


Epson PowerLite 680 for SMART Specifications

Product: PowerLite 680 for SMART

Color Brightness3: 3500 lumens

White Brightness3: 3500 lumens

Resolution: XGA

Display: 77 inches from 7 inches

MSRP Price: $1,160


About Epson Education Products

Designed with educator input, Epson’s advanced presentation display and projector technologies make bright, collaborative learning environments a reality. Compatible with a wide range of devices and widely-used interactive software, Epson presentation displays make it easy for teachers to share content to engage students, no matter where they sit in the classroom. Epson’s unmatched technology, service and support ensure educators are confident that high quality, bright images and multimedia are available in the classroom every day.


Availability and Support

The PowerLite 680 for SMART will be available in June through national resellers, pro audio/visual dealers, mail order, distribution, Epson.com, and the Brighter Futures program. Epson PowerLite presentation displays come with a two-year limited warranty (three years for Brighter Futures customers) that includes two elite technical support services – Epson PrivateLine® phone support with direct access to an expedited support telephone line, and a Road Service replacement program that includes product exchange in one business day with paid shipping. For additional information, visit www.epson.com/education.


About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a lineup that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 72,000 employees in 88 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson America, Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more about Epson, please visit: epson.com. You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook (facebook.com/Epson), Twitter (twitter.com/EpsonAmerica), YouTube (youtube.com/EpsonAmerica), and Instagram (instagram.com/EpsonAmerica).


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1 Existing SMART Board M680 and 880 installations require the SMART Cable Adapter Kit, sold separately.

2 Color brightness (color light output) in brightest mode, measured by a third-party lab in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Top-selling Epson 3LCD projectors versus top-selling 1-chip DLP projectors based on PMA Research sales data for Dec. 2015 through Nov. 2016.

3 Color brightness (color light output) and white brightness (white light output) will vary depending on usage conditions. Color light output measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4; white light output measured in accordance with ISO 21118.

4 For wireless functionality, including via the Epson iProjection App, the projector must be configured on a network, either through the Ethernet port on the projector (check model specification for availability) or via a wireless connection. Check your owner’s manual to determine if a wireless LAN module must be purchased separately to enable a wires connection. Not all Epson projector are able to be networked. The Epson iProjection App does not support all files and formats. See www.epson.com for details.

5 Moderator feature is part of EasyMP Multi-PC Projection software.

6 Normal Mode is up to 5,000 hours. Lamp life will vary depending upon mode selected, environmental conditions and usage. Lamp brightness decreases over time.

7 Includes one Mobile High-Definition Link® (MHL) HDMI port.



Note: Epson, EasyMP and PowerLite are registered trademarks, EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark and Epson iProjection is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation. Brighter Futures is a registered trademark of Epson America, Inc. Mac is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google is a registered trademark and Android and Chromebook are trademarks of Google Inc. All other product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks. 

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