Home projector offers great picture, color balance, falls short in gaming, features
Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large number of manufacturers. Name brand aside, trying to find the right options for the based on room size, necessary features and functions can still leave consumers scratching their heads. Epson is attempting to give buyers a one-shot option to build their home theaters around, with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector. But does the projector keep up with the needs of film, television shows, and gaming, or would consumers be better served elsewhere? Find out in our review.
Sub-$400 PowerLite Home Cinema 600 is portable and bright
Today, Epson America announced a new compact digital projector in its PowerLite line at CES. The Home Cinema 600 can scale up its display to roughly 25 times larger than a 60-inch television screen. The projector is designed to be plugged into everything from a laptop to a gaming console, and uses Epson three-LCD projection and four pre-set color modes, including a game mode. This allows for watching in even a well-lit environment, from a conference room to a backyard side-of-the-house movie night.
New projector easy to install, features 2200 lumens of color brightness
Epson today announced the PowerLite Home Cinema 5025UB, the newest addition to its high-performance line of 3LCD 2D/3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors. The new projector delivers to home entertainment enthusiasts 2,200 lumens of color brightness and 2,200 lumens of white brightness, up to a 600,000:1 contrast ratio, and advanced image processing technology for a big screen experience.
Projector offers several display options, picture sizes, medical version can display x-rays
Canon announced a new projector today for professionals looking for a device with a variety of display options for presentations. The Realis WUX6000 Installation LCOS projector delivers native WUXGA 1920x1200 display resolution, brightness of 6,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 2,000:1. For those in the medical field, Canon is also releasing a second version with an additional mode for viewing x-rays and CAT scans.
New projectors offer three-chip, 3LCD technology with brightness, contrast ranges
Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000.
Home projector excels at 3D and bulb life, but has brightness issues and poor color presets
With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater experiences. Epson, however, hopes to simplify that with the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a projector that offers full 1080p without breaking the bank like some home theater choices. But does the projector exceed the TV experience, or will users want their flat panels back? Find out in our review.
LivePro projector can act as LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for eight devices
Sprint is launching a new device on its network later this week that combines three items in one. The ZTE-produced Sprint LivePro is a miniature portable projector, which aside from being able to project an image between 10 inches and 10 feet in size, also functions as an LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and is capable of charging up a smartphone or tablet using its 5,000mAh battery.
Bright projector good for business use, requires many adjustments at home
Since the arrival of PowerPoint into the business landscape, projectors have become increasingly important to have for fiscal reports and pitch meetings to add a multimedia aspect that holds the viewer's attention. Having the right tools for the job is important for a traveling presenter: carrying around a full-sized projector for a presentation is not terribly practical. Adding an entry to the field of "travel projector" offerings, Acer has released the K335 LED projector. Is it up to the task for a busy traveler?
High-resolution projector small enough to fit on side of smartphone
Texas Instruments has produced a new chipset that will let smartphone producers offer a higher-resolution projector as part of their devices. The 0.3-inch HD TRP DLP Pico chipset is capable of projecting a 720p video onto a wall, screen or another surface, with the module being small enough to fit into the side or end of a smartphone or tablet, in a similar way to the Samsung Galaxy Beam.
2,000-lumen Sony Ultra HD projector sits inches away from wall
Sony will offer consumers an Ultra HD-capable projector that can be placed close to the wall it will project onto. The 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector can show a 4096x2160-resolution image ranging from 66 inches to 147 inches in size on a wall or screen while situated just inches away below the screen area, losing the need for the projector to be placed at a far longer distance.
New low-profile projectors offer HDMI, USB OSX and Windows connectivity
Epson today introduced three new VS-Series projector models. The new low-cost Epson VS230, VS330 and VS335W allow for bright images for small- to medium-sized meeting rooms, are lightweight and travel-friendly, and offer Epson's simple setup suite for flexible positioning and rapid setup.
Pico Projector, e-ink cover offered as accessories for new phablet
Alcatel has revealed two new additions to its One Touch line of smartphones. The One Touch Idol Alpha is a mid-ranged smartphone which uses light-up edges, while the One Touch Hero offers a large display, a substantial battery, and a number of accessories including an e-ink cover and a Pico Projector made specifically for the big-screen smartphone.
Product designed to utilize any surface into a digital whiteboard
Epson today introduced the BrightLink Pro 1410Wi -- an ultra-short-throw meeting room projector designed to provide increased organizational productivity and efficiency. The BrightLink Pro turns a traditional whiteboard, wall or virtually any flat surface into a new digital surface and offers a variety of features to boost meeting room collaboration, including video conferencing compatibility and remote collaboration.
VS220 and VS320 aimed at small business, home office
Computer peripheral manufacturer Epson today introduced new VS-series projector models, designed to provide small businesses with high-brightness units inexpensively. The VS220 and VS320 offer SVGA and XGA resolution (respectively), and deliver 2,700 lumens of white and color brightness with HDMI connectivity for audio and video using only one cable.
BenQ delivers high-performance DLP 3D projectors competitively priced
BenQ has rolled out two new 1080p 3D projectors, the W1070 and the W1080ST. The headlining feature may be the prices, rather than the outright specifications. The W1070 uses a high-end DLP Dark Chip 3 and comes in at $1099, while the W1080ST is a short-throw type allowing it to project large images in confined spaces for $1299.
New projector aimed at new home theater users
Epson America today expanded its line of 3LCD home theater projectors with the 3LCD PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD. The new projector is tailored for families and first-time home theater enthusiasts as an affordable 2D and true 3D big screen entertainment solution. The Home Cinema 750HD is Epson’s brightest home theater projector to date -- projecting up to 3,000 lumens of color and 3,000 lumens of white brightness for dark or light rooms. Offering full HD in 2D or active shutter 3D with 720p resolution, the Home Cinema 750HD simplifies display of movies, videogames, sporting events, and other media.
LG intros 'Hecto' Laser TV short-throw projector
LG has made a jump on most of its competitors ramping up its pre-CES 2013 announcements. Among its newly unveiled is its ‘Hecto’ Laser TVprojector, which is set apart from the crowd by its short-throw capability. Unlike other projectors that need to be positioned well away from a screen, the ‘Hecto’ Laser TV can project a 100-inch display from as little as 22-inches away.
Combined light sources claimed create 90 percent power savings
Acer's first 1080p LED-laser hybrid projector has seen its debut. Unlike previous releases, the K750 uses both LED and laser light sources for an extended light-source lifetime that is said to reach 20,000 hours in ExtremeECO mode, along with claimed power savings of 90 percent, a 55 percent improvement in color saturation, and elimination of hazardous substances such as mercury and halogen gases.
Pop Video pico projector lands for $99, with qHD
Pop Video has started taking pre-orders for its iPhone pico projector. The $99 is shipped by Crucial.com on behalf of well-known semi-conductor maker Micron Technology. The pint-sized device offers a qHD (960x540) resolution and, as the video embedded below shows, the device easily slots into the 30-pin iPhone dock but will work best only in darkened conditions. The device will work for up two hours on a single charge and is supplemented by an iPhone app (Free, iTunes) that offers additional functionality.
Aimed at corporations, churches, schools
The Epson PowerLite-series projectors has been dramatically expanded with six new models added to the line. The new models are optimized for medium-sized boardrooms, classrooms, and churches. Two of the models can also be controlled remotely via iOS or Android apps.
ViewSonic PLED-W200 has short throw and tiny size
ViewSonic has launched the PLED-W200 projector in Europe. It can display a 40-inch screen within a four-foot projection distance, weighs less than a pound, and is smaller than three stacked DVD cases.
Small Acer K130 travel projector uses DLP 3D
Acer has released the K130 mini DLP travel projector. The device is a lightweight DLP 3D-ready projector, yet weighs a pound and has a footprint smaller than half a sheet of A4 paper.
Tech allows viewer to focus beyond glasses
Microsoft has filed a patent application for a "laser-scanning virtual image display," which is described as a compact display system that can be built into glasses, helmets or goggles. Head-mounted displays are not new, however the patent application describes a method for projector-based presentation rather than placing a small LCD panel directly in front of each eye.
System appears to pair Kinect with pico projector
Microsoft's Research division has previewed a prototype system that utilizes a wearable projector as an alternative to touch-based input restricted to dedicated displays on devices such as smartphones. The technology, which was developed in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University,
Sanwa lifts lid on dual purpose pico projector
Japanese company Sanwa has unveiled its 400-PRJ011 pico projector for the iPhone 4 and 4S. Using DLP technology, it can throw images on to a wall up to 65-inches in size with a 640x360 resolution and 1000:1 contrast ratio. Unusually, but usefully, the device will also double as a charger using its 2,100mAh battery to provide juice for a user’s iPhone when not in projector mode.
BenQ Joybee GP2 now shipping for iPhone, iPod
BenQ has unveiled the Joybee GP2 Mini Projector with an iPhone/iPod-compatible dock. The device also comes with an optional battery back, which allows users to take advantage of its two 2-Watt stereo speakers when on the go. While it could be useful for just about anyone, the device is aimed at business users who don’t want to carry laptops around for presentations.
Full HD projector with 1,250-lumen lamp
LG has introduced a new projector, the CF3DAT, that will be headed to customers in the company's home country of Korea. The projector features Cinema 3D technology, enabling users to view 3D content in HD resolution when wearing inexpensive polarized glasses rather than relying on more expensive active-shutter frames.
Split-screen allows TV, internet use together
Epson will be bringing a new line of 2D/3D "Full HD" home theater projectors and one new model of pro cinema projector to dealers and outlets in October and November. The units feature extremely high refresh rates and 2,400 lumen brightness to help combat the main complaint with 3D television: lowered brightness and picture quality. The units can also "split the screen" allowing for two inputs (such as TV and internet) to be used at the same time.
Latest pico projector from MicroVision
MicroVision has unveiled its latest pico projector, the ShowWX+HDMI. The projector provides many of the same features as the company's ShowWX+, but with an HDMI port alongside a connector designed for iOS devices such as the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Users can also attach computers via VGA connectors using a special adapter that can be purchased separately.
Projector geared for gaming
Optoma has introduced its latest projector, the GT750, which fits in the company's GameTime line for gamers. The DLP projector displays content in native 720p resolution, with automatic conversion of Blu-ray's HDMI 1.4a 3D signal into 720p 3D. Users can connect game consoles, Mac or PC computers, and other video sources.
S1100pj to replace current S1000pj projector model
Nikon appears to be readying several new Coolpix cameras, the S1100pj and S5100, according to pictures leaked ahead of schedule in the German magazine Foto Digital. The S1100pj, with a built-in projector, will likely serve as the rumored replacement to the current S1000pj. The camera is also said to offer a touchscreen, remote control, and several other minor improvements.
3D content supported for gaming, movies
Optoma has introduced two new 3D-ready projectors, the HD66 and PRO350W. The HD66 features the ability to display 3D content such as movies or games in 720p resolution, while 2D content can be displayed in 1080p. The projector integrates a TI chipset with BrilliantColor technology, bringing a brightness rating of 2500 ANSI lumens with a 4,000:1 contrast ratio. Both projectors support a variety of connection options including HDMI, VGA, S-Video, Composite, stereo audio, and RS-232.
Hitachi network projector
Hitachi has expanded its line of projectors with the CP-X3010N. The device offers the same basic features as the CO-X3010, but adds an Ethernet port and 802.11g/n connectivity. The device features integrated 16W speakers, 3,000 lumen brightness and a contrast ratio of up to 2,000:1.
LED pocket projectors
Samsung and Kinyo/ArtDio have unveiled pocket-sized projectors using competing technology. Samsung's MBP 200 uses DLP technology, while Kinyno chose LCOS, or Liquid Crystal On Silicon. Both models are capable of displaying images up to about 50 inches, but the similarities end there.
Mitsubishi wide projectors
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America on Wednesday announced the release of two new 500-series projectors with the wide-format WD510U and WD500U-ST. Both have 1280x800 native resolution and 16:10 aspect ratios and are meant for use in education and business industries. The WD510U has a brightness rating of 2,600 lumens, with the WD500U-ST rated at 2,100 lumens.
Pico to be sold online
Optoma has announced that its Pico PK-101 projector will be sold through Amazon and BestBuy.com. The company will also offer the device through the Japanese Apple stores, as reported earlier this week. The projector uses Texas Instruments' Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology to deliver a contrast ratio of 1,000:1 at 480 pixel by 320 pixel resolution. All of the internal components fit into a case that measures two inches by 4.1 inches by 0.7 inches, with a weight of four ounces.
Pocket Cinema projector
Digital device company Aiptek has unveiled the Pocket Cinema V10, a compact projector featuring an integrated media player. The V10 can be used as a stand-alone player or connected to an iPod, DV, DSC, game console, or mobile phone with an AV-out connection. Users can project a screen size of up to 50 inches, with a range of focal distances from 21cm to 180cm. The device supports a resolution of 640 by 380 pixels, using a white LED light source and 3M technology in a housing that measures 125mm by 55mm by 23mm.
Toshiba tiny projector
At a recent product showcase held in Japan, Toshiba showed off a prototype projector about the size of Apple’s iPhone that is capable of throwing up images up to 50 inches in size at 480x320 resolution. The projector’s DLP Pico chip was sourced from Texas Instruments and the optical module uses red, green and blue LEDs for the light source. There is a price to pay for the diminutive size, as the brightness, at just 7 lumens, makes the projector usable only in very dark environments, while the built-in battery’s life is rated at less than an hour when fully charged.
Epson intros HD projectors
Epson on Thursday unveiled three new LCD projectors, all sporting 1080p resolution, at the CEDIA expo. The PowerLite Home Cinema 6100, PowerLite Pro Cinema 7100 and use the company's 3LCD imaging technology. The two Pro Cinema projectors are ISF certified, giving custom installers a standard to work with when integrating the units into customers' home theater set-ups. The flagship Pro Cinema 7500 UB, for UltraBlack, projector sports one of the highest dynamic contrast ratios found in commercial projectors, at 75,000:1. To enhance HD images further, Epson employs its C2Fine software in the 7500UB, while judder is decreased or eliminated thanks to the company's FineFrame technology. The use of a 12-bit 3LCD driver gives the projector a wider color range to work with, and Silicon Optix' HQV Reon-VX scaling and de-interlacing video processor enhances 1080i HD signals. An optional lens gets rid of the black bars above and below a picture, allowing for 2.35 or 2.4 aspect ratio viewing.
Toshiba XGA projector
Toshiba on Tuesday announced details and specifications on its newest projector, the TLP-XE30U. Capable of 1024x768 resolution, the projector features a blackboard function that allows it to correct for green, black, brown, blue or beige colored walls and surfaces to display a color-correct image. Setting it up is also straightforward, with automatic vertical keystone correction that can throw up a square image on the wall despite the projector’s orientation of up to 30 degrees from horizontal.
Sanyo PLV-Z700 projector
Sanyo on Monday took the wraps off its newest home theater HD projector, the three-LCD PLV-Z700. Capable of projecting 1080p images, Sanyo is nevertheless marketing the PLV-Z700 as an entry-level projector. The company touts the new product as using the most advanced shift lens technology available, capable of shifting three entire screen sizes vertically and two screen sizes horizontally. It also sports a variable iris that adjusts the amount of light projected on the screen 60 times a second, or twice as fast as 30 frames per second tV.
Planar DLP HD projector
Planar on Thursday announced it is now shipping its first 3-chip HD projector based on DLP technology. Called Viper, the projector features a 1,280x720 native resolution and can throw up images in excess of 110 inches. It was designed with custom home theater applications in mind and uses one of Texas Instruments' higher-end DLP chipsets.
Fuchitek pico projector
News comes on Wednesday that Fuchitek will soon launch its ultra portable pico projector, the PEP01. The small projector features a native resolution of 640x480 and measures 4.5 inches long, two inches wide, and one inch thick. The PEP01 will support NTSC and PAL video systems and connect to sources via a VGA and component input.
Olens low-cost projector
Ölens Technology on Tuesday announced the release of its affordable projector, the XPJ Personal Entertainment Projector, meant for use in the home and at school for standard-definition applications such as gaming or presentations. The unit is capable of throwing up images up to 70 inches in size and features a resolution of 640x480 pixels. The 270W lamp is based on a proprietary design, and the company ships the projector with a spare.
InFocus' X10 projector
InFocus on Wednesday introduced the X10 Full HD 1080p projector in the UK. Part of the company's Home Theater range of offerings, the X10 features a 16:9 native aspect ratio, and a contrast ratio of 2500:1, which can be boosted to 7500:1 via the active iris built into its lens. The DarkChip1 DLP chipset was sourced from Texas Instruments.
Hitachi WXGA projector
Hitachi on Thursday unveiled its newest LCD projector, the second in its line-up to offer 1366x768 (WXGA) resolution. The CP-WX625 LCD projector (not pictured) is being shown at InfoComm 2008 and features a 4000 lumens brightness rating along with a 16:10 native aspect ratio. The business-grade projector was designed with ease of maintenance in mind, including a 2000-hour side-mounted hybrid filter and a 3,000-hour Whisper mode lamp that is accessible via a top panel door.
InFocus' X10 projector
InFocus on Thursday introduced the X10 Full HD 1080p projector in the UK. Part of the company's Home Theater range of offerings, the X10 features a 16:9 native aspect ratio, and a contrast ratio of 2500:1, which can be boosted with a button push to 7500:1 via the company's Active Iris in the lens.
Samsung P400 projector
Samsung on Thursday unveiled the P400 "pocket" projector for the North American marketplace, a lightweight, miniscule device designed for mobile professionals. The device, unveiled at InfoComm, offers a miniature DLP projector in a tiny, glossy black finish, displaying a resolution of 800 by 600 at a contrast ration of 1000:1. Samsung claims the projector bulb is rated at 150 ANSI lumens, bright enough to display a 30- to 40-inch image in a well-lit office setting.
Sony BrightEra projectors
Sony this week at InfoComm unveiled its new lineup of business-class LCD projectors, some of which feature the company's BrightEra imaging technology. BrightEra provides a higher aperture ratio to deliver brighter images than the previous High Temperature Poly-Silicon-based LCD systems, with a high resolution and low fan noise. Most of the models are currently shipping, with two set to be available in November this year.
Sanyo's PLC-XL51 projector
Sanyo today announced it will release its new ultra-short throw projector, the PLC-XL51. Capable of projecting an image up to 80 inches in size from about 3 inches away at 1024x768 (XGA) resolution, the new projector features some upgrades over the PLC-XL50. These include a higher brightness (2,700 lumens vs 2,000), an SD memory card slot for PC-free presentations and network capabilities.