The perfect projectors below $1,000 usually carry out very effectively and normally you will have to spend so much extra to get a noticeable soar in image high quality. Whereas these fashions are nonetheless 1080p (no 4K but), the brilliant, colourful photos they’ll create are an amazing choice for film nights and even only for binge-watching Netflix exhibits. The Epson Dwelling Cinema 2150 would not have the high-line options of immediately’s TVs, like HDR or broad colour gamut, but it surely does allow you to create a large image. On a 100-inch display screen it is brighter than many TVs from a number of years in the past, though the colour and distinction ratio aren’t fairly pretty much as good as the perfect on this worth vary.
LikeBright, colourful imageLens shiftNo DLP rainbows
Do not LikeOnly common distinction and black levelFairly noisy in regular lamp mode
The Epson’s benefit over different projectors in its class is the flexibility to suit higher in lots of houses. It is because it has a wider zoom vary, so it may be positioned farther from the display screen, and one thing very uncommon amongst its counterparts: vertical lens shift. You’ll be able to place the projector on a shelf behind the couch as a substitute of on the ground, for example. Additionally, as a result of it is LCD-based, there are not one of the DLP “rainbows” that may trouble some individuals.
I in contrast it immediately with two equally priced DLP rivals, the BenQ HT2050A and the ViewSonic PX727HD — I am going to have full critiques of each coming quickly. Among the many three, the 2150 is greatest for brighter rooms the place mild management is not excellent or for conditions the place you want its placement versatility, however the BenQ was my favourite to this point for general picture high quality.
Primary specs Native decision: 1080pDiscrete pixels on chips: 1,920×1,080HDR-compatible: No4K-compatible: No3D-compatible: YesLumens spec: 2,500Zoom: Guide (1.6x)Lens shift: ManualLamp life (Regular mode): 4,500 hours
The 2150 can settle for indicators as much as 1080p/60, no HDR or 4K, which is ok as this is not an HDR or 4K projector. 3D TVs are useless
however projectors just like the 2150 nonetheless present 3D films, though glasses aren’t included. The $99 glasses are out of inventory on Epson’s website, however there are third-party options on Amazon.
Epson claims a most mild output of two,500 lumens. With my pattern, I measured a formidable 1,620 lumens (it is regular for projectors to measure lower than their claimed specs). That is far lower than the brightness of most TVs immediately, however shiny in contrast with projectors and TVs from a number of years in the past. On a 100-inch+ display screen, it is so much. The claimed distinction ratio of 65,000:1 is the one spec that is increased than the wired model of this projector, the marginally cheaper HC2100.
The vertical lens shift enables you to modify the picture vertically in your wall or display screen with out transferring the projector. The Epson additionally has 1.6x value of zoom, which is a little more than different projectors on this worth vary, that means you may have it a bit farther from, or nearer, to your display screen.
Lamp life is a claimed 4,500 hours, or 7,500 within the a lot quieter, however dimmer, Eco mode. That is good for this worth vary. To place this in perspective, in the event you have been to make use of this projector as your predominant “TV,” watching it Four hours every single day, the lamp in Eco mode would final you over 5 years. For comparability, the BenQ’s lamp life, in its Eco mode, is 5,000 hours.
Connectivity and comfort HDMI inputs: 2PC enter: Analog RGBUSB port: 1 (1A energy)Audio enter and output: Output onlyDigital audio output: NoLAN port: No12v set off: NoRS-232 distant port: NoMHL: Sure (On HDMI 1)Distant: Not backlit
On the again there are two HDMI inputs and an analog PC RGB-15 connector. The USB-A connector provides 1 amp of energy, sufficient to energy a Roku Streaming Stick. If that is the form of film rig you need to construct, there’s 1/Eighth-inch analog audio output as effectively to hook up with exterior audio system. Alternatively, there is a tiny, rearward-facing speaker inbuilt. It is not unhealthy, however just about any exterior speaker association goes to sound higher (do your self a favor and not less than put an affordable soundbar below the display screen). At increased volumes with the built-in speaker there was a little bit of a rattle from the case.
The distant shouldn’t be backlit, and has many small and equally formed buttons. Probably, after you have set the projector up, you will in all probability simply use the distant to show the projector on and off, so this is not an enormous drawback.
The 2150 additionally has wi-fi connectivity. Utilizing Miracast, you may ship content material out of your laptop computer to the display screen with minimal setup fuss, but it surely’s not ideally suited. Miracast will be finicky, and this setup will depend on you having your laptop computer (PC solely, thoughts you) open and enjoying the content material. Should you do not need to run an HDMI cable, streaming sticks are low-cost and shall be simpler to make use of in the long term since you’re simply sticking them into the projector itself. Roku additionally has Miracast inbuilt so you might nonetheless stream content material out of your laptop to it.
Image high quality comparisons
Total the Epson creates a really watchable, exceptionally shiny picture. Whereas its black stage and distinction aren’t pretty much as good as the perfect on this worth vary, it will get darkish sufficient to not be distracting whereas watching a film with letterbox bars. The colours are good, however once more, not fairly pretty much as good as the perfect. Greens, for instance, do not fairly have the leafy jungle vibrancy they might have. And once more, as a result of it is LCD-based, and never DLP-based like most projectors below $1,000, it would not have that know-how’s predominant problem: rainbows. Most individuals aren’t bothered by the rainbow trails on shiny objects with DLP, however in case you are, the Epson is a superb different.
The headline numbers of the 2150 are fairly good. In Regular mode, it places out a formidable 182 nits on a 102-inch, 1.0-gain display screen. This converts to roughly 1,620 lumens, roughly the identical because the BenQ, and far increased than the ViewSonic.
Distinction ratio is sort of improved from older LCD projectors. It falls proper in between the BenQ and the ViewSonic. I measured a median of roughly 1,220:1 throughout the assorted lamp modes. The BenQ, for comparability, was 2,094:1. These numbers in all probability appear low in contrast with the claimed specs, however projector distinction ratios have at all times been wildly exaggerated. Neither of those projectors seems to be washed out, although in contrast with OLED
or local-dimming LCD TVs, they do not have practically as a lot distinction.
Fan noise is a bit loud, particularly if the projector is sitting or mounted close to your head. The Eco mode is about 25% dimmer, however the fan noise drops by about 10dB, which is so much.
My comparability concerned all three projectors stacked, of their best-looking modes, on the identical display screen utilizing a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier. I began with Thor: Ragnarok, principally as a result of it seems to be nice but in addition as a result of I wished to look at it once more. The Epson and the BenQ, at first look, have been fairly evenly matched and equally shiny whereas the ViewSonic was noticeably dimmer. Total there’s a whole lot of mild to play with however I nonetheless would suggest darkish or blackout curtains in the event you watch so much through the day. No projector can compete with the solar.
Splitting the display screen between the BenQ and the Epson, one other distinction turns into noticeable. As it is a 2.39:1 film, there are black bars on a 16×9 display screen. The BenQ’s bars are a shade darker. It is not a large distinction, however facet by facet it is obvious. With such excessive mild output, nonetheless, the distinction in all probability would not be that noticeable at dwelling. The ViewSonic’s black ranges have been truly nearer to the BenQ’s than the Epson’s, however with much less mild general, I might have hoped it might have had the bottom black stage. Provided that it was a lot dimmer, and its distinction ratio the bottom of the bunch, I targeted extra on the Epson and BenQ.
By no means decide the image high quality of a projector based mostly on a photograph.
A low black stage and excessive brightness translate to a excessive distinction ratio, not less than graded on the curve of projectors on this worth vary. The picture on each the Epson and the BenQ punched much better than projectors on this vary from a number of years in the past and by no means regarded flat or washed out. Aspect by facet, once more, the BenQ is a bit of higher, with just a bit extra “depth” within the picture in contrast with the Epson.
Early in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and Loki journey to Norway to seek out Odin. This was the primary scene that confirmed a considerable distinction between the Epson and the BenQ. With the BenQ, the grass on this scene regarded far greener, like an early summer season garden after the rain. With the Epson, it was nonetheless inexperienced, however extra like the top of a dry summer season. The water behind Odin was bluer with the BenQ as effectively.
Total the colours from the BenQ have been just a bit extra correct, although the Epson’s weren’t that far off. Flipping that, the colour temperature of the Epson is a little more correct, with the BenQ being a bit heat out of the field. It is shut, nonetheless, and the darkest photos on the Epson have a slight blue tint. So it’s kind of of a wash. Pores and skin tones are good both method.
Switching gears a bit, I shifted over to Deadliest Catch, a present with picture high quality starting from fantastically cinematic slow-mo to barely satisfactory GoPro. There wasn’t a lot to separate the BenQ and Epson. Each photos have been extraordinarily detailed, exhibiting whiskers, wrinkles, claws and carpus. The BenQ was a bit of cleaner, nonetheless, than any mode on the Epson, with much less noise in stable colours and round objects, indicating it had barely higher video processing. The Epson wasn’t noisy by any stretch, but it surely wasn’t fairly as easily noise-free because the BenQ. Once more, a minor quibble and one thing you would be unlikely to note until you had them facet by facet.
Whereas the BenQ’s pixels are nearer collectively, that is simply how DLP is; the Epson’s aren’t that a lot farther aside. You will solely see particular person pixels in the event you’re sitting very shut, the display screen is exceptionally massive or each. After which, you’d in all probability be seeing pixels on a DLP-based projector at roughly the identical measurement and distance too.
The Epson has an computerized iris, dimming the picture for darkish scenes, opening up for shiny ones. I wasn’t notably bothered by it, although if the present cuts from a darkish scene to a shiny one, when a personality’s going from inside to outdoors, say, you will discover the iris take a beat to catch up. If it bothers you, you may flip it off.
Each projectors are pretty loud, not less than of their regular modes. If this projector is wherever near your head, you are going to hear it. Dropping both one into Eco mode, nonetheless, not solely prolongs the lifetime of its lamp, however makes the fan noise way more livable.
Total, whereas it would not fairly have the image high quality of the BenQ HT2050A, it is shut. The picture is shiny and colourful, and the distinction ratio is nice sufficient that the picture by no means seems to be washed out or flat. All that, plus the higher flexibility of lens shift and a better-than-average zoom, make the Dwelling Cinema 2150 an amazing choice for individuals who hate DLP rainbows, cannot place or mount a projector with out lens shift or simply need a handsome projector for big-screen films, TV and sports activities.
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Peak white luminance (100%)
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Darkish grey error (20%)
Vivid grey error (70%)
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Enter lag (Sport mode)
The HC 2150 has a variety of changes accessible within the person menu, and in contrast to a lot of its rivals, is extensively adjustable itself. Within the Cinema image mode and the 5 colour temperature mode, the HC 2150 was pretty near D65 however trended considerably blue with brighter photos. Colours have been comparatively correct, not less than for this class. Inexperienced, blue, yellow and magenta have been all pretty shut, whereas teal was barely blue, pink was barely orange. It was doable to regulate these within the person menu, extra so than with a comparably priced DLP projector, presuming you’ve got the correct gear to measure them.
Gentle output was corresponding to the higher projectors on this worth vary. With the Regular energy consumption mode the Epson was able to roughly 180 nits on a 102-inch, 1.0-gain display screen. This calculates out to roughly 1,620 lumens. The Eco mode drops that by about 25%. With each modes the common distinction ratio is a good 1,220:1, once more for this class. An computerized iris, which dims the picture throughout darkish scenes, will increase the dynamic distinction ratio to five,395:1 within the Regular mode, and three,991:1 within the Eco mode. At anyone second on display screen, nonetheless, that is nonetheless 1,220:1. That is decrease than the BenQ HT2050A, however increased than most different sub-$1,000 DLP projectors.
Shade Mode: Cinema
Energy Consumption: Regular Brightness: 50Distinction: 50 Shade Saturation: 48Sharpness: 5 Shade Temp: 5 Gamma: -1 Body Interpolation: Off Auto Iris: Excessive Pace (Off is ok if this function bothers you)