During the FIFA World Cup few weeks back, I tried the latest Epson home projector – Epson EH-TW5200 – adding a fun highlight to my football parties. Epson claims it to be world’s most affordable full HD, 3D home theatre projector that delivers the brightest and sharpest 3D images.
At 2.8 k, the Epson EH-TW5200 is compact projector, and the curved design is quite an aberration from the usual boxy rectangular design. The white, glossy projector and wouldn’t be an eye-sore in your living room.
The front size contains the projector lamp and heat vent, and there’s a useful foot-lever below the lamp. The lever allows you to raise the projector from the front, and in turn the projected display.
Just above the lamp, there’s the lamp cover and focus and zoom rings. There’s also the horizontal keystone adjuster and all the other controls. The back sports two HDMI ports, a VGA port, an RS232 port, a USB port, and composite port apart from the ports for audio output. The built-in speaker is also located at the back.
The EH-TW5200 is a full HD (1080P) 3D LCD projector and offers contrast ratio of 15,000:1. The color light output as well as white light output is 2000 lumens, which is pretty good, especially the former.
According to Epson the EH-TW5200 can project up to 328-inches. The horizontal keystone adjuster corrects images diagonally while the vertical distortion is corrected automatically by the projector.
The estimated lamp life with Normal mode is 5000 hours. The projector also offers an Eco mode that reduces brightness and therefore power consumption, and increases the lamp life to 6,000 hours.
Apart from an Auto mode, the projector supports Side-By-Side, Top and Bottom, and 2D formats for 3D. The 3D glasses though, are an optional accessory to be purchased separately.
Out of the two HDMI ports that the projector packs in, one of them supports MHL allowing compatible smartphones and other devices to be mirror their display via the projector. There’s of course the USB port as in for plugging your flash drives.
You can also plug in an optional Wi-Fi adapter to the projector allowing you to project images from Android and iOS tablets and smartphones directly over Wi-Fi.
The Epson EH-TW5200 produces bright images with pretty good saturation and temperature. The projected content looks great even on a regular wall with daylight coming off from the windows. The images are sharp, but the contrast levels aren’t remarkable. The shades of black don’t offer the kind of depth you expect in a quality display like this.
The sound output disappoints though. The sound output is average, and distorts at high volume, which isn’t much anyway. It is okay for television programming, but you’d need an external speaker to enjoy the big screen experience for movies or sports.
The projector’s start-up time is 20 seconds and warm up period is 30 seconds. In Normal mode, or during longer operation, the fan noise is noticeable. The projector offers limited optical zoom at 1.2x, and therefore you’d need to position the projector at an optimum distance from the screen.
The EH-TW5200 can be directly connected your set-top box, and replace your television for a home theatre experience. You can also bypass the need to buy a 3D LED TV, an expensive proposition in the market at this moment.
The Epson EH-TW5200 offers a great display size with pretty good picture quality. There are a couple of mishits, especially the average sound and low contrast levels. Still, it packs in a lot of features, and top-of-the-line specifications, and at ₹98,699, it’s a tad expensive but a good buy if you intend to setup a home theatre in your living room for HD movies and 3D gaming experience.