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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 3LCD Video Projector - Short Review

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 3LCD Video Projector - Front View With Accesories

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 3LCD Video Projector - Front View With Accesories

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The Bottom Line

At an MSRP of $799, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 3LCD Video Projector is a very good value. With a compact design, this projector can be placed just about anywhere. The native 1280x800 native pixel resolution and 2,000 lumen output, combined with a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, provide very good image quality from high definition sources. The Home Cinema 700 also has a very quick turn-on/shut-off time. For more about the Epson Home Cinema 700 after reading this short review, also check out my Full Review, Photo Gallery, and Video Performance Tests
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Pros

  • Very good image quality (color, contrast, detail) from HD source material for the price.
  • Accepts HD input resolutions up to 1080p (scaled to 720p for display).
  • High lumen output produces bright images for large rooms and screen sizes.
  • Very fast turn-on and shut-off time.
  • Compact Remote Control.

Cons

  • Below average deinterlacing/scaling performance from standard resolution (480i) analog video sources
  • No Motorized Zoom or Focus Function - must be done manually at lens.
  • No separate Component Video inputs - Must use Component-to-VGA adapter cable.
  • Fan noise is noticable when using High Light Output mode.
  • Remote Control not backlit.

Description

  • 3LCD Video Projector with 2,000 Lumens of light output and 1280x800 (approx.720p) Native Pixel Resolution.
  • Image size range: 27 to 270 inches. Can project 80-inch 16x9 image from 8.5 ft or a 120-inch widescreen image from 13 ft.
  • Native 16x10 Screen Aspect Ratio. The Epson Home Cinema 700 can accommodate standard 16x9 or 4x3 aspect ratio sources.
  • 2000:1 Contrast Ratio. 140 Watt Lamp and 4000 Hour Lamp Life (Low Light Output), 3000 Hour Lamp Life (High Light Output).
  • HDMI, VGA, HD-Component (via provided Component-to-VGA adapter cable), S-Video, and Composite Video inputs.
  • Compatible with input resolutions up to 1080p. NTSC/PAL Compatible. All sources scaled to 720p for screen display.
  • Manual Zoom and Focus controls. On-screen menu system for other functions. Compact wireless remote control provided.
  • Instant On/Off. SD Card and USB Inputs. Built-in Mono Speaker system. Kensington®-style lock compatible.
  • Automatic video input detection. Manual video input selection also available via remote control or buttons on projector.
  • Dimensions: 12.9 Wide x 9.6 Deep x 4.0 inches High - Weight: 6.2 lbs - AC Power: 100-240V, 50/60Hz.

Guide Review - Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 700 3LCD Video Projector - Short Review

Setting up and using the Epson Home Cinema 700 is easy. The inputs are clearly labeled and spaced out, and the on-unit control buttons and remote control are easy to use.

The Epson Home Cinema 700 does not offer power zoom or focus controls, but its manual controls are straightforward.

With 2,000 maximum lumens output output capability, the Epson Home Cinema 700 projects an image of exceptional brightness for its compact size. Color accuracy and overall detail was very good. Also, while the contrast and black levels were not as good as I have seen on higher-end units, they were better than I expected. In addition, the LCD screen door effect was very minimal.

With regards to Blu-ray Disc true 1080p source material, it must be noted that although the Epson Home Cinema 700 can accept the maximum 1080p output from Blu-ray or HD-DVD, the image you see on the screen is scaled to 720p.

Although the Epson 700 cannot project a native 1080p image, the detail from Blu-ray/HD-DVD sources was quite good, with good color and contrast. One example of good detail and color reproduction was the Blu-ray Disc of Transporter 3 with the close-ups of Jason Statham and the heavily freckled face of his co-star Natalya Rudakova.

On the other hand, while the Home Cinema 700 did a very good job on high definition source material, it didn't seem to cut it with deinterlacing and scaling of 480i source material. For a closer look, check out some Video Performance Test Results.

If you are in the market for your first home theater video projector, the Epson Home Cinema 700 is definitely worth a look, especially at its extremely reasonable $799 price point. I give the Epson Home Cinema 700 4 out of 5 Stars.

For a closer look at the features and video performance of Home Cinema 700, check out both my Full Review and supplementary Photo Gallery.

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