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BenQ TH671ST Review - Perfect for Gaming

In this article, we’re going to talk about the BenQ TH671ST – what we found to be among the best gaming projectors currently available on the market. After comparing literally hundreds of projectors with each other and evaluating how good they were based on their cost, the quality of the image they produced, and their brand’s trustworthiness this one really stood out for us.

This is our BenQ TH671ST Review, and everything you read from here on in is our own views and opinions. Some people may want to just go out and buy the most expensive projector they can, but there really is no need.

If you’re looking for a projector to use while gaming, and you want the best of the best, without breaking the bank, then keep reading…

Who’s it for?

This projector has been made for gamers, plain and simple, but that doesn’t mean that’s the only people it’s for. If you’re looking for a home theatre system or something to deliver work presentations on, this will work great for that too.

With 1080p resolution and a 3000-ANSI lumen rating, the picture it creates is crystal clear and sharp. The color is also bright and clear, producing a great picture for both movies and games.

What makes it stand out for gamers though is the 16.4 ms input lag that it has. This means there’s no delay in the picture you’re seeing and the game you’re playing. So less lag, more accuracy and ultimately a much better gaming experience.

On top of that, it weighs less than 6 pounds, great if you want something portable that you can take around with you to different spots.

Another feature that makes the BenQ TH671ST stand out is its combination of a short throw lens that also has a 1.2x zoom.

Short lens projectors are great. They mean you don’t need a huge space to set your projector up in, but instead can put it close to the screen and still get a huge image even when you’re in a small space. This is perfect if you live in a dorm setting or have a smaller living space. The ability to zoom means you don’t have to fiddle around with the placement of the projector so much. Simply put it down and adjust the zoom till you get the size of the image that you want. So less time spent messing around with the projectors position and more time you can spend gaming and enjoying the great images that it produces.

What we liked about it

There’s no doubt as to why these guys have gotten so popular so quickly when you look at the different features they have. Most of the projectors we have come across are either only good for movies or only good for gaming, but because of the techs in the BenQ TH671ST it’s great for both.

We were a bit blown away by some of the specs it has, so let’s give you a quick rundown of some of the best bits…

  • The first thing worth mentioning is how crazily good the picture quality and the brightness is. It has 3,000 ANSI lumens, which is a great deal more than most competing projectors, for example the Epson Home cinema 1060 (another great projector), only has 1000. The TH671ST’s brightness is further improved by the LumiExpert feature which, when turned on, automatically measures the rooms light levels and changes the gamma levels accordingly. This means it doesn’t matter if you’re outside on a sunny day or curled up in your man cave in the basement. Either way you’ll get a bright, clear image.
  • Combine this with a six section color wheel, complete 1080p, and a contrast ratio of 10,000 to 1 and it starts to make sense why the picture quality of this is so insanely good. No pixels, no blurriness, and not too light or too dark, the picture really can’t be beat. Oh, and did we mention it’s 3D compatible as well? You do need to buy 3D glasses separately, but they’re not too expensive, and then you can have 3D viewing in your home, which is totally worth it.
  • The other really impressive thing is how quick the input lag is. At only 16.4ms this is one of the most responsive projectors that’s currently available on the market. This is crucial when gaming, especially if you play online multiplayer shooter games. Split seconds can make all the difference in who kills who, so if you want a projector for gaming it’s really important you get one with a quick input lag.
  • Another wicked feature for you gamers is how big an image this guy can produce. Being a short throw device, that also has a 1.2x zoom, it’s super versatile as to how big of an image it can produce. So if you ever only have a small wall it’s no problem at all, and if you have a big surface, the picture can go up to a whopping 100 inches, a pretty great size for such a small device.
  • That brings us onto the next thing that made us really fall in love with this guy. Most people normally only use projectors at home but having the option to take them out with you, to the beach, on holiday, or to friends’ houses is definitely a bonus. This can be a pain with some projectors though, but not with the TH671ST. It only weighs 5.95 pounds, doesn’t take long to assemble or disassemble and is super small. Perfect for if you want to take it on the move.
  • Another great thing is how robust this guy is, we’ve never heard of one break, and it looks like it’s been built to be solid. The lamp life is also much longer than most of the others that I’ve come across. On full power it lasts 4000 hours, that’s crazily good right? But get this, on economic mode the lamp can last 10,000 hours before needing to be replaced, and on LampSave mode it can last an unbelievable 15,000 hours. Replacement lamps aren’t cheap, for this projector they cost around $120, so knowing that you won’t have to replace them for years and years is pretty nice.
  • Finally, it comes with a three year warranty which covers any manufacturer defects or problems that come up without you doing anything. We always like brands that give out free warranties with what they sell, it just gives us that extra bit of peace of mind that if anything goes wrong I’m covered. What we like even more than that though, is that it shows how much the company believes in the product their selling. If it’s got a 3 year warranty we feel pretty confident that it’s going to be good quality and built to last.

What we didn’t like about it

Like most things, this projector isn’t perfect.

We love that this projector has almost everything: great picture, great brightness, strong zoom ability, every connection port you can imagine, and it’s light and small too. But they missed one element, which depending on who you are can be a real deal breaker.

  • For some reason, probably to keep it small and light, they didn’t include the ability to read data from USB sticks. It has a USB port but its only function is for powering HDMI dongles. This means that if you want to play movies or games via a USB stick, then this is not the one for you. If you have a laptop or console you can connect your USB to that and get the data that way, but if you don’t have access to one of these then you best look for a different model.

Some other sweet features

  • Although the TH671ST can’t read data from a USB stick, it does have 2 HDMI ports, one of which is compatible with MHL. This means that you’ll be able to run any computer, laptop, or game console through the projector with no problem whatsoever.
  • We were also pleasantly surprised by how good the in-built speaker is. We normally use a separate speaker when using projectors of this size, because the ones built in are just too small and quiet. But finally, here is one where that isn’t necessary. It has 5-watts of power behind it and with that, it’s able to amplify the sound very effectively. With 5 different sound modes to choose from, no matter where you are, in a small basement or outside in a field, you can pick the right setting for that environment.
  • The other great thing about the TH671ST is how cheap it is when you consider all of the features it has. It costs less than 700 bucks! Its picture quality and long lamp life make it a strong option for those looking to spend under $1000.

Good Alternatives

If you’re still unsure about the TH671ST then another projector that really stood out for us was Optoma Technologies GT1080.

Now there’s lots of reasons why we love the TH671ST – it’s well designed, well built and has some great features too. But more than that is the value for money that is has. There aren’t that many projectors under 700 bucks with the same specs the TH671ST provides.

The strongest alternative to this projector is the Optoma GT1080. It costs marginally more, but you get a little bit more too.

It has the same 3000 lumens and HD 1080p resolution as the TH671ST but its contrast ratio is considerably more at 28,000 to 1. This means that if you’re playing a game that’s set in a dark environment it will show up clearer and more detailed. If you tend to play lighter games like FIFA or Skyrim this won’t make too much of a difference but if you like zombie and horror games this can be a pretty nice feature.

The picture it produces is even better because of a top of the range, next generation processor that it has inbuilt. This makes the depth and textures of the graphics pretty damn incredible. But, to be honest, once the graphics get as good as they are in the TH671ST any improvements further than that are barely visible to the human eye.

Similarly to the TH671ST, it can’t be connected with a USB stick but it does have multiple HDMI ports so you can easily connect any games console, computer, Google Chromecast, or any other HDMI device.

The size of image, and distance of projection, for both projectors is also the same at 100 inches and 3.5 feet.

The real improvement on the GT1080 though is the input lag which is slightly faster (by 0.4ms) than the TH671ST. At 16ms this is one of the quickest input lags that any projector we’ve come across has had.

That’s just a quick overview of some of the best features, but there was a couple of things about it which again makes us prefer the TH671ST.

First, is that the warranty provided with is isn’t as long as the one provided with the TH671ST.

Secondly, is how long the lamp life is. Even on energy saving mode the lamp will only last about 8000 hours, which is almost half as long as the lamp life for a TH671ST. Lamps aren’t cheap, and with the projector costing more in the first place too we just don’t think that extra 0.4ms of lag time is worth the extra cost.

Having said that, they’re both crazily good projectors and we don’t imagine that you or anyone would be disappointed with either of them.

Conclusion

It truly is incredible how much more advanced projectors now are compared to ten years ago. Back then using projectors for gaming had some pretty serious flaws. Unless you wanted to pay thousands of dollars the lag time would be too high and you’d end up glitching out of most of the games you played.

Well wow, we’re glad that that’s no longer the case. Playing call of duty on a 100 inch screen, with smooth seamless gameplay is nothing short of fantastic.

The TH671ST isn’t cheap. It’s might burn a bit of a hole in your pocket, but it’s also great value for money when you look at what you get and you’ll also have it for years and years. During that time your movie and gaming experiences will be completely revolutionized. It’s hard to explain how much of a difference having such a crisp, high quality image makes to your gaming experience, but it really does make a hell of a lot of difference.

With the incredibly impressive lifespan of its bulbs and the whopping 3 year warranty that comes with it as well you can understand why this is one of the most popular projectors on the market.

BenQ MH530FHD

For most projectors, cheapness comes at a cost – a compromise of quality and performance. However, this is not the case for the BenQ MH530FHD. At its price, this projector delivers exceptional performance thanks to a ton of great features that it comes with. Although it is a slight improvement of the BenQ MH530, it still retails at the same price as its predecessor. It also offers 1080p native resolution at Full HD, 1.62 short throw ratio, 3D functionality and can project up to 300” of image size.

The most notable improvements are the contrast ratio of up to 15000:1 and 3300 lumens of light output. The BenQ MH530FHD therefore produces great color saturation and crisp and well-detailed images. It also works exceptionally well both in dark and well illuminated rooms.

This projector is an entry level device and is therefore the perfect projector for a beginner. It is super easy to use with simple setup and calibration procedures. It is the right device for you, if you want to get a hang of how a projector operates without getting down to the nitty-gritty of things.

The MH530FHD is designed for primarily for home entertainment, although it can also be used for presentations. It is one of the best projectors for movies and gaming due to high quality images and 3D functionality. It is also very cheap, which allows you to enjoy the experience of watching movies and playing games on a large screen, without having to invest in one of those expensive 4K screens.

Like most home-based entertainment projectors, the MH530FHD is not the best choice for presentations in classrooms and conferences. Although you can still use it for presentations, there are better projectors for that line of work such as the Epson Pro EX9220. Also, it is a basic or rather an “old school” type of projector with no smart features. So, if you are looking for a projector with Wi-Fi or wireless connectivity, then you will be disappointed. You only have an option of two HDMI, two VGA, one S-video and one composite ports that allow for wire connection to various devices.

Considering the cheapness of this projector, this drawback should not be of much concern to you, if the end goal is to enjoy great picture reproduction on a large screen. However, if you want a smart device (and who doesn’t?), then you can go for the BenQ HT2050A or the Epson Home Cinema 2150. But, you will to have to fork out an extra 200 bucks or more to get either of them. It is also a short throw projector and only works well in small to medium sized rooms.

Specs

  • Projection System: Single-chip DLP, DarkChip 3 Technology
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Brightness: 3300 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast: 15000: 1
  • Maximum Lamp Life: Normal Mode- 4,500 Hours; Economic Mode- 6,000 Hours; SmartECO Mode- 10,000 Hours
  • Throw Ratio: 1.37: 1- 1.64: 1
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.2x
  • Speaker: 2.0W Mono
  • Weight: 5.3 lb.
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Screen Size Projection: 60” – 300” (0.9 – 9m)
  • Displayable Colors: RGBYCW Color Wheel
  • Noise Level: Eco Mode- 29dB, Normal Mode- 32dB
  • Dimensions: 3.9 x 13.1 x 8.4 Inches

Key Features and Advantages

Simple Design, Easy to Setup and Operate

As mentioned earlier, this projector is super easy to setup and operate which makes it a great projector for beginners. Straight out the box, the only requirement is to plug it into a power supply and then connect it to a video source using the various ports at the back and you are good to go. It does not feature an OS, therefore there are no complicated procedures required. It even includes a Quick Install button which is very convenient and saves time.

The MH530FHD is also quite small, weighing just 5.3 pounds and measuring roughly 13 x 4 x 9 inches, which allows for easy mounting and portability. Nothing stands out about its outward appearance, aside from a glossy white finish with a textured top cover that is resistant to both fingerprints and reflections. You also notice that the lens is offset to the right or left depending on your position in relation to the device, either in front or at the back. At the top, it features various buttons for operation, including Focus and Zoom dials.

High Resolution at 1080p Full HD

Even at such a low price, the MH530FHD manages to produce crisp and detailed images. With a native resolution of 1080p Full HD, the image quality of this projector is amazing. It falls short of the 4K resolution, but the Digital Light Processing (DLP) system found in this projector uses the same projection technology utilized by most digital cinemas and IMAX theatres. This means therefore that it delivers quality reproduction of images and colors that will make your home theatre experience far exceed your expectations at such a price.

In addition, the airtight design of the DLP engine protects the micro mirrors of the DLP chip from heat damage and dust buildup, which farther ensures the image quality is not affected as time goes by. It supports a 16:9 native aspect ratio and can produce images from 60 inches to 300 inches in size from just a short distance.

High Brightness and Contrast Ratio

The MH530FHD features a 203 watt UHP lamp that registers up to 3300 ANSI Lumens of brightness. In the Economic mode, it can produce more than 27fL (foot-Lamberts) of white level. The Normal mode produces more light and can offer up to 40fL, while the Bright picture mode can produce an astounding 200fL of light. As a result, this projector works exceptionally well both in dark rooms and in rooms with ambient lighting. You can even use it outdoors without a fuss. One thing we have noticed with Texas Instrument projectors is that they tend to have lower contrast ratios, but produce the superior image quality when compared to their peers with higher contrast ratios.

The MH530FHD continues with this tradition and delivers a relatively low native contrast ratio of 15,000:1. Though not high, it still outperforms many projectors that register a higher dynamic contrast ratio in that price range. It will therefore meet your home entertainment needs adequately. It is also a great projector for presentations producing the right balance between text and background making it easy to discern even tiny texts. The sharp and crispy texts make it easy to zoom in without making them blurry or pixelated.

Another great addition to its design is the top lamp door that allows for quick access of the lamp either for maintenance or replacement purposes. It also reduces the time and inconveniences of having to uninstall a mounted projector just to access the bulb, since the projector is mounted upside down.

Brilliant Color Reproduction

The MH530FHD utilizes the RGBYCW color wheel, instead of the popular RGBRGB color wheel. While the RGBRGB based DLP systems produce better color accuracy and saturation, RGBYCW based projectors are generally brighter. On its Brilliant Color setting, this projector is exceedingly bright that it can be used to project in a room with excess lighting without a problem. The major drawback of the Brilliant Color setting is that it affects the color, gamma and saturation of the image making it inaccurate. It is also not advisable to use this setting in a dark or dimly lit room, as it may affect your eyesight. Turning off the Brilliant Color setting works well in dark rooms and also produces better color saturation and image reproduction.

It comes with six picture modes, Presentation (Default), sRGB, Cinema, Bright, User 1 and User 2. The Brilliant Color setting is default in all six modes, which means the modes are very bright out of the box. However, you can always turn it off for dark room viewing. The Bright, User 1 and User 2 modes are the brightest, but they suffer from a strong green hue- a common problem with many bright projectors.

Of all the modes, the Cinema and sRGB produce the most natural looking images. Cinema mode is best suited for daytime viewing, while the sRGB will work perfectly during night time. Unfortunately, like all the RGBYCW DLP projectors, the MH530FHD is also affected by rainbow effect artifacts. Luckily, it features a color management system that you can use to get the right color, gamma and saturation balance for the perfect image quality.

Short Throw Projection with Keystone Correction

One thing you notice about this projector is that the lens is offset 107% to one side. This is not much of a problem, as you can easily use it on a table or even mount it upside down on the ceiling. It also does not feature a lens shift, which means you will have to calibrate it personally to get the right alignment with the screen. You will have to install 7% of the screen either above or below the lens axis to get the best picture quality. It also features vertical keystone correction function that removes trapezoidal effect and adjusts the image to a perfect square.

The three adjustable feet offers placement flexibility, which allows this projector to be moved up and down to align the lens perfectly with the screen. As a result, it can be used in a wide variety of rooms both at home and in conference or class rooms. The MH530FHD offers a throw ratio between 1.37 – 1.64:1 and is able to project up to 300 inches of image size with 100 inches of it from just 9 feet away from the screen. It also comes with focus and 1.2x optical zoom functions with the dial controls conveniently placed above the lamp.

Multiple Connectivity

Although it does not feature wireless connectivity, it comes with a variety of interfaces to help you with your analog and digital connections. It comes with 2 HDMI and two VGA ports that allows you to connect it to a variety of multimedia devices including smartphones, PCs, set-top boxes and game consoles. It also includes a USB Mini port for your presentation and slideshow needs.

Other interfaces include: one RCA Composite Video In, one Mini Jack Audio Out, one S-Video In, one Mini Jack Audio Out, one IR Receiver and one 2W speaker. There is an onboard 2 Watt speaker, however it does not offer the best sound output, especially when you are watching a movie. Using 3.5mm Mini Jacks, you can connect it to an external sound system for a more entertaining home theatre experience. It also supports 3D sources, such as game consoles and 3D Blue-Ray players. There is catch to this however, you will have to invest in a pair of DLP-Link glasses.

Remote-Controlled Operation

The BenQ MH530FHD is fully operated with a remote controller. Its small and ergonomic design fits well in the hands. It however has only one weakness, it is not backlit which can be a bit of a turn off for some people. However, the distinctively shaped black buttons with white texts makes it easy to make out the buttons even in the dark. Aside from that drawback, the remote controller has all the functions you need to properly operate the projector.

One particular button that is very resourceful is the Quick Install, which allows for a stress-free first time installation and calibration. Another great feature of this projector is that it has a powerful IR receiver that is able to pick up bouncing commands from the screen. Therefore, you do not need to point the remote controller towards the projector for it to respond to commands. There are also onboard buttons on the projector, as a backup option in case you misplace the remote controller.

Extended Lamp Life

The MH530FHD has a longer lamp life than most budget projectors. It has three lamp settings: Normal, Eco and SuperEco. Under the Normal setting, the lamp can last for 4,500 hours as it emits a lot of light. The Eco and SuperEco modes economize on the light output, which extends the lamp life to 6,000 hours and 10,000 hours, respectively.

This projector also features the Eco Blank mode, which blackens the screen after three minutes of idleness without a display source. This saves 70% of energy and also extends the lifespan of the lamp. In addition, the projector also includes a one year warranty for the lamp.

Pros

  • Sharp and crystal clear images
  • Exceptional performance in well-lit rooms
  • Easy setup and use
  • Extended lamp life
  • Reasonable price
  • Eco Blank mode conserves energy and lengthens lamp life
  • Quiet fan
  • 3D compatibility with zero crosstalk
  • Compact, light and portable
  • 1080 Full HD with good color accuracy
  • Vertical keystone correction
  • Zoom and Focus functions

Cons

  • Remote controller is not backlit
  • Built-in speaker is not loud enough or suitable for movie watching
  • Rainbow artifacts

Alternatives

Optoma HD27HDR

The Optoma HD27HDR is basically a home theatre entertainment projector. Although it has a maximum resolution of 1080p HDR, it can also support 4K HDR. Couple that with 3,400 lumens of brightness, 50,000:1 contrast ratio and a wide REC.2020 color gamut, then you have unmatched performance at this price range.

It produces stunning images, rich in hue and sharpness perfect for movies and gaming. It also offers flexible connectivity and you can virtually connect it to any multimedia device including 3D gaming consoles, 3D Blue-Ray Disc players and Optoma 3D glasses. It also features vertical keystone correction and 1.1x zoom function and offers a longer lamp life of up to 15,000 hours. Check out our comprehensive Optoma HD27 review here.

ViewSonic PX706HD

This projector resembles the BenQ MH530FHD in so many ways. Apart from the basic exterior design, it also features a Full HD resolution of 1080p, supports 3D connectivity, has vertical keystone correction and can project up to 300 inches from a short distance. Although it offers a lower level of brightness of 3000 lumens in comparison to the MH530FHD, it registers a longer lamp life of 15,000 hours on its Eco mode.

The built-in sound system is where the PX706HD edges the MH530FHD. It features a superior sound system with a powerful amplifier that can deliver between 20Hz and 20KHz sound range. It also includes a wide color gamut and its reduced latency of up to 16ms allows for faster transmission of images without delay, which is perfect for intense action packed gaming.

Bottom Line

The BenQ MH530FHD is a great option for a beginner. It is super easy to use and the installation process comes with extra friendly functions that do not require you to penetrate through the nested menus to get the right calibration. The images are also crisp at 1080p Full HD with great color saturation for perfect movie and gaming experience.

It is also a good projector for presentations, although there are better options for this type of work. It offers 2 megapixel high resolution, which offers sharp and detailed texts allowing for easy readability. And above all, it is pocket friendly.

Epson Pro EX9220 Review: Top Performance at Bargain Price

Epson is among the key players when it comes to projectors. Among the company’s best assortments is the Epson Pro EX9220, a wireless portable projector that can go toe-to-toe with the best of them. Featuring 3600 lumens of brightness and 1080p+ WUXGA resolution, it achieves exceptional color reproduction and image quality. What separates this sleek black projector from its peers is its ability to function exceptionally well in highly illuminated rooms, an unattainable feat even for the highly ranked BenQ HT2050A. Consequently, it is priced a bit higher than most of its peers.

The Pro EX9220 is primarily a presentation projector. It is portable, bright and produces the best text of all the projectors in that price range. Spreadsheets, word docs, PDFs, graphs, photos­­ – you name it – this is the go to projector if you want crystal clear images for a stress-free presentation in classrooms and conference rooms. It also supports various multimedia devices like PCs and Smartphones, which means that it can be used for home entertainment also.

Unfortunately, it is not the best projector for gaming and movies. Therefore, if you want a projector for presentations with entertainment as a secondary option, then the Epson EX9220 will work perfectly for you. However, if your main consideration is entertainment, then you probably want to consider other viable options like the Epson Home Cinema 2150 or the BenQ HT2050A. Also, the Pro EX9220 is a short throw projector, which works well in small to medium rooms. It is therefore not suitable for projection in large rooms.

Specs

  • Projection System: 3LCD, 3-Chip Technology
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1200 (1080p+/ WUXGA)
  • Resolution Support: 800 x 600 (SVGA) – 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)
  • Color Brightness: 3600 ANSI Lumens
  • White Brightness: 3600 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast: 15000: 1
  • Maximum Lamp Life: Normal Mode- 6,000 Hours; ECO Mode- 10,000 Hours
  • Throw Ratio: 1.38: 1- 1.68: 1
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.2x
  • Speaker: 2.0W Mono
  • Weight: 6.2 lb.
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:10; Supports 16:9, 4:3
  • Screen Size Projection: 30” – 300” (0.9 – 9m)
  • Displayable Colors: 1.07 Billion Colors
  • Noise Level: Eco Mode- 28dB, Normal Mode- 37dB
  • Keystone Adjustment: Vertical +/-30 degrees (Automatic); Horizontal +/-30 degrees (Manual)
  • Dimensions: 11.9 x 9.8 x 3.4 inches

Key Features

1080p+ WUXGA resolution

The Epson Pro EX9220 is among the few projectors under $1000 that can offer 1080p+ WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), which is 4.5x clearer than the SVGA (800 x 600). Most projectors at that price range really struggle at 1080p. Therefore, this projector produces outstanding image quality- crisp, detailed and crystal clear. Unfortunately, the resolution ceiling for this device is 1080p+, which means that it does not support 4k. However, that’s not a major issue since the 1080p+ performs beyond expectations in small to medium sized rooms.

Furthermore, no projector at that price range offers 4k resolution. The 1080p+ WUXGA offered by the Pro EX9220 is maybe the closest you will get to 4k resolution at this price. In addition, it also supports SVGA, XGA, SXGA, WXGA, SXGA2, SXGA3, WXGA+, SXGA+, WXGA++ and WSXGA+ resolutions.

3600 ANSI lumens of brightness

This projector produces up to 3600 lumens of color and white brightness, which makes it one of the brightest projectors at this price range. Although it works exceptionally well in the dark, the highlight of the Pro EX9220 is its ability to project extraordinarily in a well-lit room, making it the perfect projector for presentations. In fact, you can use this projector outdoors without any problem, that’s how effective it is.

Furthermore, it features 15,000: 1 contrast ratio, which is not much compared to many projectors. However, the clarity of the image does not depend much on the contrast ratio. A good example of this is the highly rated BenQ HT2050A, which also features 15,000: 1 contrast ratio but produces the best image quality of all the projectors below $1000.

1.07 billion colors

One of the requirements of a highly rated projector is the ability to generate as many colors as possible. The EX9220 Pro satisfies this requirement by generating more than 1.07 billion colors in each pixel. As a result, it produces colorful and radiant images, delivering the truest reproduction of images even in brightly lit conditions. It produces rich shades of white and black, an important requirement for presentations. Whether it is black text on white background or white text on black background or any other colored text and background, trust this projector to always deliver. Small texts and lines are easily made eligible by the rich colors and they do not fade or become blurry when you zoom in. It also comes with the 3-chip LCD engine that guarantees no rainbow artifacts, a common problem with many DLP projectors.

The 3-chip technology also ensures the color and white brightness match. A difference in either brightness levels could impact the quality of color or brightness of the images. Furthermore, it features five picture modes: Presentation, Cinema, Dynamic, sRGB and Blackboard. As you would expect, the Presentation mode is the right mode for documents and presentations, as it produces the best contrast between the background and text even in its default setting. Aside from presentations, the Cinema mode is the best for other uses. You can therefore use this projector for your home theatre entertainment, such as watching movies, sports and playing games.

It should be noted however that the EX9220 is not the best choice when it comes to gaming and watching movies and sports. It struggles with dark blacks and dark scenes appear washed up, especially in a well-lit room. Also, it tends to produce a reddish tint on colors and skin tones, which affects the quality output. Another letdown is that it does not support 3D, which can be discouraging if you are into 3D gaming and movies. Therefore, if entertainment is your primary goal, then you are better off with another highly rated model.

Short throw projection

The Pro EX9220 is designed to cater to small to medium sized rooms. With a maximum throw ratio of 1.68:1, this projector can produce up to 300 inches of screen size. For more visual clarity, it also features 1.2x zoom function and 2D keystone correction to get rid of trapezoidal effect when the projector is not correctly in-line with the screen. The vertical keystone correction is automatic and kicks into gear as soon as you turn on the projector, while the horizontal keystone is manually adjusted with easy to operate buttons on the projector.

In addition, there are three screen sizes that you can toggle between for your different needs. The 16:10 native aspect ratio is especially useful in spreadsheet presentations as it provides more columns than a typical 16:9 ratio. The other two sizes 4:3 and 16:9 are more convenient for movies and gaming.

Unfortunately, the EX9220 does not feature a lens shift like most projectors in that price range. However, it comes with an adjustable front leg that can be used to rectify the problem of a fixed lens.

Multiple connectivity options

One of the highlights of this projector is that it is among the very few projectors that features wireless connectivity. It is Wi-Fi enabled, which allows you to connect it with your PC or smartphone. The process is as simple as downloading the Epson app and scanning the QR code on the screen using your phone or tablet. It is fast and easy and even gives you the option of using your phone/tablet as a remote controller, which is very convenient during presentations. In addition, it includes various connection options. The two HDMI ports open up this projector to virtually all types of latest PCs and media players.

You also have the option of using Miracast, a wireless screen mirroring protocol that allows you to mirror photos and videos from your phone directly to the large screen. Miracast is only compatible with Android and windows 8.1+ operating systems. For iOS, you will need Airplay. It also features MHL connectivity, which works exactly like Miracast but requires a cable. The MHL connectivity also allows you to charge your phone during operation, which is very convenient if you are giving a long presentation. In addition, it also features a computer/component video VGA port, composite video RCA port, USB connector type A, USB connector type Band and audio in RCA port.

Remote controlled operation

Like most projectors, the Pro EX9220 is fully operated with a remote control. The remote control is generally easy to use, however we found that the small buttons were somewhat hard to press into. Luckily, the projector also features on-body buttons that you can take advantage of if the remote control poses a problem. Another letdown of the remote control is that it does not feature a back light, which makes it hard to work with it in a dark room. We weren’t super pleased to find out that there wasn’t a back light on its remote controller, since cheaper projectors already have this feature. However, we chose to move past this mishap because the projector has great features that almost make up for it. Also, the fact that you can always use your smartphone or tablet as a remote controller rectifies all the weaknesses of the remote controller.

Extended lamp life

Despite having one of the brightest lamps at 3600 lumens, this projector has one of the longest lamp life at that price range. With that said, and unsurprisingly, the lamp is the most replaced part in a projector.

These lamps aren’t cheap. A typical Epson Pro EX9220 lamp costs around $150, which could add up to a substantial amount in the long run. It is therefore a commendable job by Epson to offer a lamp with a longer lifespan. The Pro EX9220 has two lamp modes: Normal and Eco. Under the Normal mode, the lamp can last up to 6000 hours, which is far better than most projectors in that mode. The Eco mode reduces the brightness of the lamp, which lengthens its lifespan to 10,000 hours.

To put this into perspective – if you were only using the projector to watch a 2-hour movie every single day of the year, then it would take 8 years in normal mode and around 14 years in eco mode for the lamp to expire.

Built-in 2W mono speaker

An on-board audio system is another feature that separates the Pro EX9220 from many other projectors. Unfortunately, the mono speaker is only 2-watts, which falls short compared to some of the best performers in that price range that offer at least 10-watts. However, the audio system still performs reasonably well in a small or medium room.

What we noticed, however, is that the sound quality was not really good at very high volume. Also, we witnessed sound breaks after extended use. It is safe to say therefore that this speaker is only effective for short viewing sessions. Another drawback is that there are no audio ports for external sound systems, which means that you are stuck with this built-in speaker.

Pros

  • Functions exceptionally well in bright rooms
  • Wireless projection from PCs, smartphones and tablets
  • High 1080p+ WUXGA resolution
  • Wireless screen mirroring
  • Easy and fast wireless setup using QR code scanning
  • No rainbow artifacts
  • Outstanding data images and crystal clear text
  • Provides multiple connectivity for various devices
  • Zoom option with auto keystone correction
  • Has rich colors and bright visuals
  • Can produce large images from a few meters away
  • Lightweight and portable

Cons

  • Does not include an audio port
  • Does not support 3D
  • Not the best projector for home entertainment

Alternatives

BenQ HT2050A

We ranked the BenQ HT2050A as the best projector for home cinema valued below $1000. It produces superior image quality despite having a lower lamp brightness of just 2200 lumens and a contrast ratio of 15,000:1. This single chip DLP projector also features a 96% Rec. 709 color spectrum that generates up to 1.07 billion colors in each pixel. At just 8 feet away, it can project 100” images and at full HD it has the ability to display maximum image sizes of up to 300”.

While the Pro EX9220 is primarily designed for presentations, the HT2050A is created solely for the ultimate home theater experience. As a result, the BenQ HT2050A shines wherever EX9220 struggles and vice versa. The HT2050 produces crystal clear images and vibrant colors that cannot be rivaled by the EX9220. However, it also features a dim lamp which affects its ability to project in an illuminated room. On the other hand, the EX9220 works perfectly in well-lit rooms and is the better projector when it comes to data presentations.

BenQ HT1070A

The greatest attribute of this projector is that it is relatively cheap, but still offers top notch performance like the expensive models. Although it offers 1080p resolution with a lot of vibrant colors within the 96% Rec.709 color gamut, it is still a low tier projector compared to the BenQ HT2050A. It is a great projector for movies and gaming, however the images appear washed out on its brighter settings. The built-in speaker is also not something to brag about. You will definitely need an external sound system with this one. Another drawback of this projector is that it does not project well in illuminated rooms and is also not the best choice when it comes to data presentations.

Epson Home Cinema 2150

Unlike the other two, the Epson 2150 features the same 3-chip LCD system as the Pro Ex9220. However, it is designed primarily for home entertainment and not presentations. It produces a maximum resolution of 1080p with 2500 lumens of brightness. It has an outstanding dynamic contrast ratio of up to 60,000:1, which enhances image quality and clarity. It also offers wireless screen mirroring using Miracast and is MHL-enabled. However, the Epson 2150 still falls short compared to the BenQ HT2050A when it comes to reproduction of images and colors.

Bottom Line

The Epson Pro EX9220 is a projector primarily designed for presentations. It produces the best contrast between the background and text. As a result, it really shines when it comes projecting documents. Small texts are crisp and legible and they do not fade or become blurry when you zoom in. Therefore, this projector is the right choice for you if you are a teacher or if you make regular presentations in conference rooms. You can also use it to watch movies and sports as a secondary option, although it is not known to have the most amazing video quality.

BenQ HT2050A Review

If you came to us and asked which 1080p projector valued below $1000 was the best, without batting an eyelid we would unanimously tell you the BenQ HT2050A. Yes, it is that good. And it is not just us, almost everyone shares the same sentiments. This projector offers top quality performance like the high-end models, but at a fraction of their price. Some notable features include 96% Rec. 709 color gamut, 1080-pixel resolution, 2200 lumens of brightness, 3D output and up to 7000 hours of lamp life. All these features mesh up to ensure that this single-chip DLP projector produces accurate colors, higher brightness, better contrast and overall better image quality than its peers within the same price range. It is no wonder that the HT2050A is ranked number one among its peers.

The BenQ HT2050A is a home-based projector. It is designed to offer the best cinematic experience at home. Aside from just watching movies, you can also watch sports and play 3D games on 100 inches of projected screen. In addition, it can connect with other media devices, such as smartphones, PCs and gaming consoles, which allows you to stream online videos, share digital content with family and friends and even play games at the convenience of a large screen. How cool is that? This projector will suit you perfectly, if you value indoor home entertainment more than anything else.

Although not a limitation, but the HT2050A is a short throw projector which means that it cannot be used in large rooms. So, if you are looking into buying a high definition projector for large room presentations, then this may not be the right choice for you. Also, it has a relatively dim lamp, which affects how it projects in an extremely bright room. The vibrant colors appear washed out when there is too much light affecting the quality of the images. Therefore, you might want to make some structural adjustments in your house, if you have very brightly lit rooms before purchasing this projector.

Specs

  • Projection System: DLP
  • Resolution: 1080p, Full HD – 1920 x 1080
  • Resolution Support: VGA (640 x 480) – WUXGA_RB (1920 x 1200)
  • Brightness: 2200 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast: 15,000: 1
  • Maximum Lamp Life: Normal: 3500hr, Economic: 5000hr, SmartEco: 7000hr
  • Throw Ratio: 1.15: 1 – 1.50: 1
  • Zoom Ratio: 1.3x
  • Speaker: 10.0W Mono
  • Weight: 3.3 kg/7.3 lbs
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD
  • Screen Size Projection: 30” – 300”
  • Displayable Colors: 1.07 Billion Colors
  • Noise Level: 29dB
  • Lens Shift: Vertical +10%
  • Keystone Adjustment: 2D – Vertical, Horizontal +/- 30 Degrees
  • Color Wheel Segment: 6-Segment (RGBRGB)
  • Dimensions: 15 x 4.8 x 10.9 inches

Key Features

Superior Visual Quality

What makes the HT2050A very special is its ability to produce high resolution images. The single-chip DLP utilizes the DarkChip3 DMD that allows it to produce high image resolution of 1080p at Native Full HD display with a maximum image size of up to 300” (762cm). At just 8 feet, this device can project 100” pictures with ease making it one of the best short throw projectors and a great companion for home-based cinematic experience. Unfortunately, it does not support 4K signals like the rest of the projectors in that price range. However, with 1080p you will still be able to enjoy crisp and detailed images since the projections will be on a smaller wall screen. Although it does not feature high contrast ratio or brightness, its secret lies in its ability to produce true blacks. It can only produce a contrast ratio of 15,000: 1, but it produces far superior images than other projectors with higher contrast ratio.

2200 ANSI Lumens of Brightness

One of the letdowns of this projector is a dim lamp that can only squeeze out 2200 ANSI Lumens of brightness. As a result, it is not the best choice when it comes to projecting in well-lit rooms. In a highly illuminated room, you are likely to observe skin tones losing their healthy glow and looking paler due to colors being washed out. As for the documents, there will be a blue tint on all the white areas between texts and graphs making it harder to discern whatever is on the screen. The BenQ HT2050A is therefore not an ideal choice for high definition presentations. On the flipside however, this projector works exceptionally well in darker rooms. It features four picture modes, each with a different level of brightness but all work at an equal footing provided they are adjusted to the right calibrations. They include: Vivid TV, Cinema, Bright and Game. For the best image quality, use a gray screen.

REC. 709 Color Gamut

With more than 1.07 billion colors generated in each pixel, the HT2050A is among the few projectors that offers a 96% Rec. 709 color coverage. It is able to deliver the truest reproduction of images and color schemes, as the envisioned by movie directors thanks to a combo of high native ANSI contrast ratio, 6x speed RGBRGB color wheel and the Rec. 709 HDTV standard color coverage. Colors are so nicely saturated that even in its brightest mode, they still fall within a realistic range. One common problem with most projectors is the green bias in the brightest mode. The HT2050A keeps this green bias to a minimum and you are likely not to notice it, unless you have a reference image.

The Vivid TV picture mode does not have any green bias and as a result, it produces the best color saturation of all the picture modes. While the default settings for the other picture modes, bar the Bright Mode have the same color accuracy as the Vivid TV, they fall short when it comes to contrast and 3D functionality. Another great feature of this projector is its ability to produce the best shadow details. Particularly on the Vivid TV’s brightest setting, it is able to show the darkest shades of gray without brightening the shades of black or even turning the darkest grays to black, which is a very common problem among many projectors. What results is color saturation and accuracy that you will not find in any other projector below $1000.

Short Throw Projection

The BenQ HT2050A is one of the best short throw projectors in the market with an ability to project an amazing 100” from just 2.5m (8.2 feet) away. At its widest angle setting, it can project a 120” 16:9 image from just 10 feet, which means that it can be used in virtually any room. It also features a 1.3x zoom range and has 2D keystone correction that eliminates trapezoidal effects when placed at an indirect angle in relation to the screen. One feature that sets the HT2050A apart from the rest is a 10% vertical shift on its lens. With this feature, you can basically use it on a low table or in a ceiling mount in an inverted position.

However, we wouldn’t recommend using it on a higher platform, because you will have to tilt it downwards to be able to target the screen. This will force you to use the keystone adjustment, which usually compromises the quality of the image by reducing its lumen, softening its edges and even adding rainbow artifacts into the image. In addition to the lens shift, you can also manipulate the position of the image by adjusting the height of the legs of the projector, one spring-loaded leg at the front and two levelling legs at the back.

Multiple Connectivity

The projector comes with various ports conveniently placed at the back for a wide range of connectivity. It features two HDMI 1.4a ports, a VGA connector and two USB ports – USB A provides power for accessories and USB Mini is for a service interface.  It also includes a 12v trigger (3.5mm jack) output for control of motorized screens, RS-232 port, 3 RCA connector, RCA stereo in, 3.5mm stereo in and 3.5mm stereo out. You also have the option of buying a wireless FDH Kit (WDP02) for uncompressed streaming services or BenQ’s wireless dongle that provides seamless wireless connectivity for a stress-free presentation.

Remote Controlled Operation

The HT2050A comes with a small and compact remote that controls most of its functions. It features various controlling options, such as on/off power buttons, calibration controls, keystone, image blanking and HDMI CEC sources transport keys. The remote is fully backlit, which adds beauty to its already aesthetic design and allows for easier use in dark rooms. This projector is also very powerful and can pick up remote commands from any direction thanks to IR sensors that are installed on the front and back.

It is therefore very easy to work with, since you do not have to point the handset towards the projector for it to respond to the commands. This is very convenient especially when you are calibrating the settings and you have to keep all your eyes glued to the screen. As a backup option, the projector comes with a set of buttons on its body for power, menu and source and also includes three status lights. The lens controls are also kept on the body. On top of the controls is a sliding door that prevents any interferences or alterations to the lens calibrations once installation is complete.

Longer Lamp Life

The lamp takes the most beating of all components of a projector. As a result, it is the most replaced part. The 240-watt UHP lamp on this projector has a relatively longer lifespan compared to most of its competitors, offering up to 7000 working hours. It features three lamp modes: Normal, Economic and SmartEco. Under the Normal mode, the shelf life of the lamp is only 3500 hours. The Economic mode on the other hand reduces brightness levels considerably compared to the Normal mode, which improves the lamp life to 5000 hours. The most efficient mode is the SmartEco, which lowers power consumption by up to 70% and in the process, extends the lamp life to 7000 hours.

3D Performance

This projector is also compatible with any 3D source, including 3D Blue-Ray players and game consoles. However, you need to own a pair of DLP-Link glasses to watch 3D. With 3D, you still enjoy image quality of the 2D mode, although it also has its own set of calibrations that you can take advantage of. Also, this projector’s 3D mode does not lose its brightness or appear dimmer when you switch from 2D mode, which is very common among many projectors. It still maintains top quality performance in its 3D mode and has few instances of 3D-based motion artefacts, a rare feat among projectors at this price range. It also features low input lag of around 16.6ms and microsecond DMD response time. Therefore, if you are into gaming, then you will enjoy ultra-smooth gaming experience with no image lag and motion blur.

Built-in 10W Mono Speaker

A commendable addition is the built-in 10W mono speaker that will cater to all your audio needs. This onboard audio system offers high quality sound, which is also very rare among many projectors in this price range. Despite its small size, the CineMaster Audio+ 2 Speaker offers enough kicks and bass to get your juices up. It can cover a relatively large area at full volume and does not include distortions and high pitched squeals like audio systems in many projectors. The sound system also includes various audio modes for Cinema, Music, Game and Sports and also has a separate user mode that allows you to fine-tune equalizer settings to your personal taste. If you feel however you need better sound output, there is a port for external sound systems that you can utilize.

Pros

  • Longer zoom range
  • Delivers large images from short distances
  • Has rich colors and high contrast which produces crisp and crystal clear images
  • No rainbow artifacts
  • Longer lamp life
  • Vertical and horizontal keystone correction
  • Supports various media sources including smartphones, PCs, game consoles and 3D players
  • Vertical lens shift
  • Low input lag
  • Stylish and compact design
  • Low fan noise

Cons

  • Features one 3D mode only
  • Expensive lamp replacement
  • Fixed vertical offset
  • Not conducive for HD presentations in well-lit rooms

Alternatives

Epson Home Cinema 2150

The Epson 2150 is among the highly rated projectors below the $1000 mark. It includes almost all the same features of the BenQ HT2050A with minor improvements. It also features the same 1080p resolution and can produce widescreen Full HD image sizes up to 11 feet or more. It also has a vertical lens shift, built-in speaker, streaming services and even includes a frame interpolation feature, which creates interstitial frames on the video to make it smooth and action fluid. Some notable improvements include 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness and a dynamic contrast ratio of up to 60000: 1. Despite these commendable additions, the Epson 2150 is still no match to the HT2050A. It even costs more than the BenQ HT2050A, which we believe is not worth it. If you are conflicted as to which one is better, the HT2050A is a far superior projector.

Epson Pro EX9220

This projector also has its own share of great features including 1080p+ WUXGA resolution, 3600 lumens of color/white brightness, wide color gamut and strong wireless connectivity that includes HDMI, MHL and screen mirroring with Miracast. It also offers colorful and crystal clear images.  However, it still not comparable to the HT2050A, even though it is more expensive. In fact, it also falls short compared to the Epson Home Cinema 2150.

BenQ HT3050

This projector is a slight improvement of the HT2050A. It features Full HD 1080p in both 2D and 3D modes and even produces 100% REC.709 color accuracy. It also comes with two built-in 10W speakers and registers a lower brightness level of just 2000 lumens. As a result it is ranked higher, even though this is far from the reality. Aside from these minor differences, there is not much difference between the two in terms of performance and the HT3050 is just a glorified HT2050A. Do not fall for the hype by spending an extra $200 and still end up with the same performance of a HT2050A.

Bottom Line

Although the BenQ HT2050A is not perfect, it is the best projector you will get below $1000. What sets it apart from the rest is its deep rich black levels, which ensures that it produces the best image quality. From accurate skin tones to richly hued landscapes to poorly lit indoor scenes, trust this projector to always deliver the truest reproduction of images. Its flexible connectivity also makes it possible to use it with almost all modern media entertainment devices including smartphones, PCs, 3D Blue-Ray players and game consoles. With this projector, you will get more than you pay for. Good luck.

Once you’ve decided to make the upgrade towards a projector, it can be easy to get overwhelmed at the sheer volume of choice that is out there. With a bigger screen, and better quality, it’s obvious they’re better than old school televisions, but which is the best projector?

With ‘lumens of colour’ and ‘driving methods’, it’s easy to get confused by terms that you might not have heard before, but luckily for you, we’re here to explain all this in as simple a way as is possible.

First of all, as with everything, it’s worth buying from a reputable brand, there’s a lot of knock off brands out there and while you’ll get what looks like a bargain it will undoubtedly break in a month or two and leave you having to start back at square one.

Our favourite thing to do is to scour the market for the best projectors out there, and compare each one based on their price, the image they produce, and how well trusted the company that sells them is.

In this article, we’re going to talk extensively about the Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector. This is one of the best 1080p projectors available in the market today that don’t require you to break the bank.

Whatever you do, don’t go out and spend a thousand dollars on a projector that has the exact same features as this one, and even worse don’t go and spend 100 dollars on one and expect to get as crystal clear of an image that this projector gives.

If you’re looking for a solid home cinema system, at a decent price, and from a trusted brand, read on…

Enhance Your Home Entertainment Experience Today!

Who’s it for?

If you’re looking for the absolute best projector that money can buy then you’ve found the one! Sure there are ones out there which are double the cost of this one but that doesn’t mean they’re necessarily better.

With a projection size going up to 300 inches, it produces as big of a picture as you’ll ever really need and the picture quality is damn near perfection too.

If you’re looking to build a home cinema, or simply want to upgrade from an old school television set to something that gives you a bigger image, then this is definitely a good choice to go for.

If however, you’re looking for a portable projector to take on camping trips with you then it might be worth looking for a slightly lighter and more portable alternative. This is more suitable for if you’re looking for a permanent setup, that’s going to give you the best picture possible.

What We liked about it

There were a few mind-blowing things about this projector. After searching through the best projectors out there, it’s obvious why people often end up choosing an Epson one. So let’s have a quick look at what’s really cool about this projector…

  • The first thing that has to be mentioned is the picture quality that this guy gives off. It’s insane! It’s got a 1080p high definition resolution which is pretty much as good as you can get with a projector this size. There’s nothing worse than a projector which gives you an image that’s super blocky, where you can see the individual pixels. Well, you don’t get that here, with over 2 million pixels, the image looks completely lifelike and you can’t see any individual blocks, just one crisp clear image. If you’re looking for quality of the image you’ve got that right here.
  • It’s also just so bright and colourful! This makes the picture quality even greater as the brightness of the projector makes the colours pop. With 3100 lumens of both colour and white brightness, this is one of the brightest projectors that money can buy. Not only does this mean you’ll get a clear image, but it also means that the picture will stay clear no matter what light conditions you’re watching it in. So there’s no need to pull the curtains close and smother yourself in darkness if you want to watch a film on a sunny day. It’s also a really important feature for your projector to have if you’re thinking of having outside viewings, as the level of brightness is what makes this possible. Luckily, with this guy the settings allow it to work fine in the daytime, giving you a bright image with no problems at all.
  • The size of the image can go up to a whopping 300 inches! Considering most flat screens only go up to around 60 inches, that’s 25 times larger than what you’ll get with a TV! This is huge and will give you images that are literally life-sized, which can be quite fun if you want to stand next to your favourite movie characters and look like you’re hanging out with them. You can project this image onto any blank wall or white sheet and the size is easily adjustable so don’t worry if you don’t have a humongous space, you can just shrink it down, adjusting each corner independently.
  • It has a built in speaker too that gives off really amazing sound quality. A lot of these types of projectors don’t have a speaker built in or if they do it’s quiet and can give off a crackly sound. The speaker in this, however, goes louder than you’ll ever really need it to and gives a really crisp, clear sound, with no fuzziness or distortions.
  • It can show over a billion different colours, which is 3 times more than most DLP projectors. Combine this with the higher colour brightness that Epson has, and it becomes pretty obvious why it produces such a crazily high quality of picture, with such realistic and vibrant colours. It also uses a brand new type of technology called ‘3LCD’. This is really cool. In the past whenever there was a quick moving action scene, there would be a distortion of colours and a rainbow effect would happen as the colour pixels overlapped each other. If you’ve had a projector that’s 10 years old or more you’ll know exactly what we’re talking about. Fortunately, with this new innovative technology that rainbow effect has been completely removed and action scenes become flawless, with no distortion whatsoever.
  • The lifespan of the lamp has been improved drastically compared to older models, which is really good to hear as new lamps aren’t exactly cheap! If you have it on it’s ‘normal’ setting it’ll last around 4500 hours which is already really good, but it also has an eco mode which will extend the lifespan to around 7500 hours. This is a crazy amount of time for a lamp to last, when you consider that many older projectors only had a 1500 hour lifespan.

Great Picture and Sound Quality

What We didn’t like about it

It’s important to note that this projector isn’t perfect, although to be honest, it comes pretty damn close. While it’s definitely my favourite projector out there, there are two qualities which do hold it back a bit, the price and the weight. With all the capabilities it has, there’s the obvious trade off that it weighs a little more than some other projectors, and it’s got a pretty hefty price tag attached to it too.

  • First of all, let’s talk about the weight. It weighs almost 6 pounds, around 2.75 kilograms, which means that although it is portable it’s definitely not the lightest model out there. If you’re looking for something lighter and more portable we would suggest checking out the alternative that we talk about below.
  • The second thing that should be mentioned is the price. This isn’t really a con since we think the price is very reasonable for a quality 1080p projector, but we understand it might be considered expensive by many people. Remember, as the price goes down so does the quality, and if your budget is near the 500 dollar mark, the Epson Home Cinema 1060, is the best you’ll find for that price.

Some other sweet features

There’s a couple of other cool features this guy has which are worth mentioning. First off, is how versatile the mount is, you can set it from the front, back or the top, meaning no matter how you want to set up the projector you’re good to go.

The second thing that’s really great is that it comes with a two year warranty. We absolutely love this, not only does it give you that extra peace of mind that nothing’s going to go wrong but, it also just shows how much the manufacturer really does believe in their product.

The projection system and driving method have also been updated on this model. With new 3-chip technology, this means that you’re much less likely to get a frozen picture or have the console get overloaded with data. So you can watch your movies with smooth playback every time.

As well as being less likely to freeze, it also gives you much more choice of the size of the picture that you want, especially when you compare it to some of the older models out there. The size of your projection can be set anywhere between 30 and 300 inches depending on how big of a show you want to put on and how much space you have. This is super handy if you don’t have much space, and with a focal length of 18.2 to 29.2 millimetres, you can massively change the size of projection without even moving the projector itself.

Finally, it’s worth mentioning that as well as having 2 HDMI ports it also has an MHL port, so no matter what device you want to connect, they’ve got you covered!

Enjoy the Amazing Features of the Epson 1060

Good alternatives

If you think you’d be happier with a smaller, more portable projector, and don’t mind paying a little bit more for it, then we would suggest checking the Optoma ML1050ST+ mini projector out.

This is another absolute top of the range model, it still has an impressive 1280×800 resolution and gives off 1000 lumens of light.

This means that the picture you get off of it won’t be quite as high definition as the image you’ll get off the Epson 1060, and it won’t fair under bright lighting conditions quite as well either.

However, don’t let this make you write it off, 1000 lumens is still a lot and the image it produces is still higher quality than what you’ll get of off most TVs. Also it weighs less than a pound and can fit into the palm of your hand. Pretty damn nifty if you want a projector you can take on the go with you too.

It’s a little more expensive than the Epson 1060, but with the extra bucks you get a much more portable device.

Conclusion

Creating this Epson Home Cinema 1060 review has been nothing short of a pleasure. There’s no better feeling than finding a product that works exactly how it’s supposed to and then some, and we have to say we’ve been blown away by how far projectors have come in such a short amount of time.

Some might consider it to be a bit on the pricey side, but it is worth every penny. The clearness of the picture makes it that much easier to get sucked into your favourite TV shows, and when the characters are life-sized too that helps even more! We really can’t stress enough how great the picture quality is, it’s just outstanding! That combined with the increased brightness levels makes this a hands down winner for the best image produced.

Add all of this joined together, along with the insanely long lifespan of the bulbs, and the 2 year warranty that it comes with makes it pretty easy to see why Epson has managed to maintain its leadership in the world of projectors over so many years. Constantly progressing, it’s exciting to think about what they can possibly release next, especially when this newcomer is so close to perfection already.

Fantastic Features-Price Ratio

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here is a quick list of some other questions that come up again and again when people are thinking of buying this projector:

Who are Epson?

Epson is a Japanese electrical company that have been making electrical goods for over 75 years. In that time they’ve made a name for themselves as producing high-end, top of the range, products that consistently perform well.

Their customer service is also famously responsive, and most of their products come with an all-inclusive warranty that covers if anything goes wrong in the first year or two. Although, it’s worth mentioning that I’ve never heard of someone having to use this.

As well as projectors, Epson has also specialized in making printers, personal computers, and incredibly accurate watches.

How much does a new bulb cost?

After a while, the bulb on your lamp will break. Unfortunately, this is just a fact of life, that they do have a lifespan and they don’t last forever. They’re not cheap either, a new bulb is going to set you back around 50 dollars. Fortunately, the Epson Home Cinema 1080’s original bulb has one of the longest lifespans out there (around 4500-7500 hours), so you shouldn’t have to replace it too soon.

Can you use this projector outside?

There’s a common misconception that any projector will work outside and still produce a clear image. This is a dangerous preconception, and could not be further from the truth. If you get a low quality, cheap projector, it’s likely that it won’t be bright enough to tackle outside conditions, especially if you’re using it in the day.

Fortunately, the Epson Home Cinema 1060 has been designed specifically so that it can be used in any lighting conditions. The brightness of the bulb means that even if it’s a bright sunny day, it’ll still create a clear image that can easily be viewed.

So yes, even on a sunny day you can still have an outside viewing!

How easy is it to change the size of the image?

This is where the huge focal length of 18.2 to 29.2 millimetres comes in.

Don’t worry, we know words like focal length can sound confusing, but it’s really quite simple. The focal length is simply how much you can change the size of the projection by turning the lens, rather than moving the projector closer or further away from the screen.

This focal length is bigger than what you’ll get on most other projectors in this price range and is one of the reasons that the Epson Home Cinema 1060 is so popular. You don’t have to take it down and put it back up every time you want to change the size of the image, you just have to turn the lens.

This’ll allow you to change the size of the image by about 50 inches, but if you want to change it any more than that then you will have to move the whole device.