Rolling into the vacation season, Epson has launched a number of new and up to datethat span from $600 to $1,000. New, cheap HD projectors that throw a ton of sunshine are at all times welcome.
Maybe most fascinating are some updates to projectors we have checked out earlier than, notably thethat we preferred quite a bit. The costs have gone up too, however not by quite a bit. This is a have a look at what’s new.
1080p projectors underneath $1,000
4 of Epson’s sub-$1,000 PJs are getting upgrades. Let’s begin with the cheaper two.
The 880 is the successor to the 760HD. This previously 800p projector is now 1080p now with a formidable 3,300 lumens. Low-end Epson projectors traditionally regarded washed out. Hopefully this new chip will enhance that challenge. In that vein, the 880 will get a pleasant distinction ratio bump, claimed anyway, to carry it nearer to the 2150’s specs. The value goes up by $50 to $600, however that is quite a lot of mild and backbone for that value. Nonetheless, there is not any longer any optical zoom.
The 1060 turns into the 1080, which additionally strikes up by $50 to $750. Brightness will get a slight bump to three,400. It retains its predecessor’s 1080p decision, however good points Miracast for wi-fi connectivity. We did not discover the wi-fi facet to be a giant draw for the 2150, not when Roku and Amazon streaming sticks are so cheap and straightforward to make use of, and will be powered by the USB connection on most projectors.
As talked about we reviewed the 2150, which is similar to its sibling, the 2100. Each are being changed, however the replacements are extra differentiated. Each now have a claimed brightness of two,700 lumens, up 200. Each now have Android TV inbuilt however lose an HDMI enter. That is the place issues break up.
The 2200 loses the 2100’s lens shift and a few of its zoom vary, two of the primary issues we preferred concerning the 2100/2150. The 2200 is up $50 to $900, the 2250 is up $100, to $1,000. That is a disappointing improve, however nonetheless an affordable value for a projector like this. With out lens shift and a weaker zoom, the 2200 however appears a little bit of a non-contender, since like-priced DLP projectors will doubtless provide larger distinction whereas additionally missing lens shift and having a mediocre zoom. The addition of Android TV is nice, however once more,this is not an enormous deal.
So it appears, on paper a minimum of, the 2250 is a slight enchancment over the 2150, for a bit more cash. It is not fairly an excellent commerce, extra options/extra cash, however it’s within the ballpark. We count on to evaluate the brand new mannequin quickly.
Semi-portable with lasers (and nonetheless underneath $1,000)
We reviewed the, a small, vibrant projector that got here with an Android dongle for streaming and used a laser mild engine. It was cleverly designed, if a bit pricy. Epson has determined to triple down on the EF-100’s normal thought with two new choices.
The EF11 is similar to the EF-100. The general form seems to be the identical, however is definitely a bit smaller and loses a number of the EF-100’s beauty. The naked black field is $800, a full $100 lower than the EF-100. It is about half as vibrant, however has 1080p decision in comparison with the EF-100’s 800p.
Wanting just like the Megamind model of the EF11, the EF12 goes vertical on the identical footprint. Inside its skull is a Yamaha-designed multidriver sound system. A complete residence theater in, if you’ll, a field. There’s even Bluetooth so you should use it to play music whenever you’re not watching a film. It too is 1080p, however providesprocessing. Just like the EF11, it is rated at 1,000 lumens. Not like the EF11, it has Android TV streaming inbuilt and prices $1,000.
EpiqVision ultra-short throw (and costlier)
A bit larger up out there, Epson has additionally launched two new ultra-short throw projectors. The LS500, accessible now, is 4K HDR and includes a laser mild supply with the power to create a 100-inch or bigger picture from just some inches away. It may create a 60-inch display screen from only one inch away. It is $5,000 paired with a 100-inch ambient light-rejecting display screen or $6,000 for a 120-inch display screen.
The LS300 is a 1080p HDR model, however provides an built-in Yamaha-designed 2.1 speaker system in addition to Android TV.
Alone, the LS300 prices $2,000. Paired with an ambient light-reflecting 100-inch display screen, it is $3,000, or $4,000 paired with a 120-inch. It is accessible beginning in November.
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