The Epson EF-11 is a compact laser-powered projector that prices $1,000.
Rolling into the vacation season, Epson has launched a number of new and up to date house theater projectors that 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 the House Cinema 2150 that we appreciated rather a lot. The costs have gone up too, however not by rather a lot. Here is a take a look at what’s new.
1080p projectors below $1,000
4 of Epson’s sub-$1,000 PJs are getting upgrades. Let’s begin with the cheaper two.
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The 880 is the successor to the 760HD. This previously 800p projector is now 1080p now with a powerful 3,300 lumens. Low-end Epson projectors traditionally regarded washed out. Hopefully this new chip will enhance that concern. In that vein, the 880 will get a pleasant distinction ratio bump, claimed anyway, to deliver it nearer to the 2150’s specs. The worth goes up by $50 to $600, however that is a number of gentle and determination for that worth. Nonetheless, there is not any longer any optical zoom.
House Cinema 880
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 positive aspects 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 may be powered by the USB connection on most projectors.
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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 in-built however lose an HDMI enter. That is the place issues cut up.
On the skin the House Cinema 2250 appears to be like practically similar to the 2150.
The 2200 loses the 2100’s lens shift and a few of its zoom vary, two of the primary issues we appreciated concerning the 2100/2150. The 2200 is up $50 to $900, the 2250 is up $100, to $1,000. That is a disappointing enhance, however nonetheless an inexpensive worth 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, streaming sticks are so low-cost this is not an enormous deal.
So it appears, on paper at the least, the 2250 is a slight enchancment over the 2150, for a bit more cash. It isn’t fairly a good commerce, further options/further cash, but it surely’s within the ballpark. We count on to overview the brand new mannequin quickly.
Semi-portable with lasers (and nonetheless below $1,000)
A household excited by the Epson EF-11 and breakfast.
We reviewed the Epson EF-100, a small, shiny projector that got here with an Android dongle for streaming and used a laser gentle engine. It was cleverly designed, if a bit pricy. Epson has determined to triple down on the EF-100’s common concept with two new choices.
The EF11 is similar to the EF-100. The general form appears to be like the identical, however is definitely a bit smaller and loses among the EF-100’s beauty. The naked black field is $800, a full $100 lower than the EF-100. It is about half as shiny, however has 1080p decision in comparison with the EF-100’s 800p.
Trying 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 whole house theater in, if you’ll, a field. There’s even Bluetooth so you should use it to play music while you’re not watching a film. It too is 1080p, however provides HDR processing. Just like the EF11, it is rated at 1,000 lumens. Not like the EF11, it has Android TV streaming in-built and prices $1,000.
EpiqVision ultra-short throw (and dearer)
A bit larger up available in the market, Epson has additionally launched two new ultra-short throw projectors. The LS500, obtainable now, is 4K HDR and includes a laser gentle supply with the flexibility to create a 100-inch or bigger picture from only a few inches away. It will probably 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 obtainable beginning in November.
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