These three Epson projectors in the 3D-Full-HD entry level segment have made a strong claim for the market over the past months. The Epson EH-TW5210, the Epson EH-TW5300 and the Epson EH-TW5350 offer various features at different prices. We would like to introduce you to the devices and their features.
The Epson EH-TW5210 is the first in line up of the Epson 3D Full-HD projectors. It is the most basic model in the range, but it does set the bar on the key image factors, such as using 3LCD technology and the full-HD resolution. Its light output is 2,200 lumens. The main image characteristic in which it differs from the other models, is that the contrast is at a slightly lower value of 30,000:1.
The Epson EH-TW5300 also offers a full HD resolution and a light output of 2,200 lumens. In terms of contrast, the 3LCD projector has an improved value of 35,000:1. There is also a difference in the chassis. While the TW5210 is equipped with a white frame around the lens, the TW5300 is silver.
The Epson EH-TW5350 is the projector that offers the most features of the series. First we look at the specs. The 3LCD projector also offers full HD resolution and a light output of 2,200 lumens, with the contrast ratio being maintained at 35,000: 1. At first glance you will notice the TW5350 has a golden ring around the lens.
The main features that set the TW5350 apart from the other models however, are its wireless features. Here, it offers WLAN, which is particularly interesting when interacting with the Epson iProjection App to show pictures wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet. Another interesting feature is the Miracast function. This allows you to stream content in 1080p quality from a Miracast-enabled smartphone or tablet to the projector. So if you’re looking for wireless features, the EH-TW5350 is just for you.
Another feature that only the TW5350 offers is the split screen function. It offers the possibility to split the image and display content from an HDMI input as well as the Miracast connection. This feature is particularly interesting for gaming, as it allows the content of two players to be displayed simultaneously on the screen.
In addition to the above-mentioned, partly different characteristics of the three Epson home cinema projectors, they also offer a number of features that can be found throughout the range.
The frame interpolation system is available for all three models. It provides best results for fast moving images without motion blur, which is especially appealing for action-packed movies! This is a feature that is usually only found in high-end home cinema projectors.
In terms of connections, the Epson projector offers two HDMI interfaces, one of which is MHL-capable. A VGA interface is available for the PC and there is also an RCA video input as well as a stereo RCA input for the sound. An audio output using the 3.5 mm jack connection can also be found. In addition, there is a mini-USB port for service and a USB type A port, which can be used to display JPEG files from a USB stick.
Thanks to the MHL-capable HDMI interface of the three projectors, you have the possibility to transfer content from an MHL-enabled smartphone or tablet via MHL cable. Another advantage of this is that it will simultaneously charge the devices.
In terms of 3D, the projectors are also offering the same level of features. They work with RF technology (Bluetooth) and the transmitter is installed within the device. The working range extends approximately 5-6 m around the device. Epson offers the compatible 3D eyewear in the form of the Epson ELPGS03 which are an optional extra for all models.
All three projectors offer vertical and horizontal keystone correction. In this case, the vertical correction is +/- 30 degrees which can be set via remote control or the buttons on the projector itself. The TW5300 and TW5350 also allow for automatic correction. The horizontal correction can only be adjusted with a slider on all three devices with +/- 30 degrees correction available.
In terms of audio, as always we can not expect too much from a projector. However, the TW5210, the TW5300 and the TW5350 each offer a 5 Watt loudspeaker. Of course, a separate surround sound system is more attractive, but the internal loudspeaker is OK as a backup solution.
We can say that the three 3D Full-HD projectors in the entry-level segment are well positioned. The price jump to the next Epson home cinema projector, which also happens to be the next 3LCD home cinema projector, is reasonably substantial, this is the Epson EH-TW6700. So you will probably find yourself choosing between to very different price brackets.
Whether for home cinema, 3D movies, sports or gaming, the three Epson 3D Full HD projectors make a good case at all. In addition, the prices for the three projectors are attractive. Especially if you consider that a projector with frame interpolation usually comes with a significantly higher price.
In terms of features, the Epson EH-TW5350 is clearly miles ahead. In terms of image quality however, the projectors are quite close to each other. The higher contrast of the TW5300 and TW5350 over the TW5210 is the only major difference.