IFA 2013: New Epson Home Cinema Projectors


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Huge contrast performance leaps promised

Epson is announcing a range of new projectors at IFA this year, including a new dedicated video game projector.

Building on the success of its value home cinema projector, the EH-TW480, Epson is upgrading its features with TW490 . As well as offering all the features that made the previous model so popular, this 720p home cinema projector is the only model in its class to feature both vertical and horizontal correction of up to 30 degrees, and a three-year or 2,000-hour lamp warranty.

Epson says that with its slim, lightweight design, this portable HD-Ready projector can be set up almost anywhere.

The company is claiming a 3,000 lumens output and a (pinch of salt) contrast ratio of 12,000:1 but our experiences with the Epson's tell us they're great bright room performers.


The dedicated video game projector, the EH-TW5200, features a new ‘fast mode' for very low lag time. and also features MHL connectivity to play content from smartphones or tablets on a much larger screen.

The contrast ratio is claimed at 15,000:1, whilst max light output is quoted at 2,000lm so perhaps it has slightly better black levels than the budget entry.

The EH-TW5200 is compatible with USB-rechargeable, Radio Frequency (RF) active shutter 3D glasses[2], sold separately at £69.99 and is available from September, priced from £749.

Epson is also looking to cater for the more discerning home cinema enthusiast with three new 'top-of-the-range' 3D home cinema projectors – including a stripped-down version for movie lovers who want to enjoy immersive, big-screen experiences on a budget.

Epson is promising almost twice the contrast ratio of previous models and also new MHL connectivity for smartphone and tablet users. This range also includes Frame Interpolation in both 2D and 3D mode but you might want to leave that alone.


The range features the EH-TW9200W, a wireless Full HD model that allows users to connect their Full HD devices to the projector, without having to install them in the same room. The EH-TW9200 is available as a non-wireless version. The EH-TW7200 offers features usually found in more high-end models, such as a wide lens shift.

Graeme Davidson, business manager, Epson UK, says: “As the number one projector manufacturer across the globe for over a decade, we're always pushing our technology further to offer home users the best possible movie experience.”

The EH-TW9200W, EH-TW9200 and EH-TW7200 are available from October 2013 but there's no pricing details for those models yet.


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