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Epson EH-TW3200 review

Kat Orphanides
30 Jan 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
996
inc VAT

With lens shift, a Full HD image and excellent picture quality, this projector our Best Buy.

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Specifications

1,920x1,080 resolution, 1,800 ANSI lumens, 136x450x360mm, 7.3kg

The Epson EH-TW3200 may cost under a £1,000 but this LCD Full HD 1080p model is packed full of features.

One of the most important is lens shift. Two wheels sit on the projector to let you align the image on your screen vertically and horizontally without having to turn to digital correction. With two HDMI, composite, component, S-Video and VGA inputs, you can hook up pretty much any kind of AV kit you may have.

Epson EH-TW3200 ports

The remote control is a work of class, with backlit keys. It's comfortable to hold and use. The menu system is standard for Epson, too. All the picture mode and colour configuration options are in the Image menu, which lets you tweak everything from colour temperature to skin tones and, in the advanced sub-menu, the individual balance of each colour on the RGB or RGBCMY scale. The Settings menu contains useful features like sleep mode settings and a pin code child lock.

There are five different default picture modes. Living Room, Natural and Cinema all look great, with natural, well balanced colours and convincing flesh tones. Living Room is the best option if you'll only have partial darkness, as it's the brightest of the three, while Natural has the most subtle and realistic colouring. This is particularly visible on delicately shaded areas such as the petals of flowers. Cinema mode is your best bet if you want to make the most of black and white movies: although dark areas lacked the subtle shading we've seen from some projectors, our monochrome video files were very watchable, especially compared to similarly priced DLP projectors, which are plagued by the rainbow effect.

Although its 1,800 lumens brightness suggests that this is a model that can be used under living room lighting, in truth it can get a bit overwhelmed and dark scenes can lose their detail. Turning lights down or shutting the curtains makes a massive difference, and darker scenes retain their detail,

Epson EH-TW3200

This projector has a little more motion blur than most LCD models, but although this was a visible in our most challenging moving image test, which bounces a still image around the screen, it had minimal impact on the our test footage of a football match and other fast-paced scenes.

A bit of blur and a picture that does best in at least partial darkness aren't enough to detract from the fact that this is an excellent LCD projector that costs less than £1,000. Although it’s not a good choice if you want to a projector that you can use in a well lit room, it's a great choice for a cinema enthusiast on a tighter budget. Epson’s EH-TW3200 is our Best Buy, only really bettered by the fantastic and more expensive Panasonic’s PT-AE4000E.

Details

Price£996
Detailswww.epson-europe.com
Rating*****
AwardBest Buy

Specifications

Projector technologyLCD
Lamp brightness1,800 ANSI lumens
Lamp life4,000
Lamp life in economy mode4,000
Contrast ratio25,000:1 dynamic

Picture

Native resolution1,920x1,080
Max compressed resolution1,920x1,080
Aspect ratio16:9
Other aspect ratios4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft71in
Throw ratio1.34:1 to 2.87:1
Optical zoom2.1x
Projection distance2.98m - 6.36m
Mirror imageyes
Invert imageyes
Lens shift horizontal47%
Lens shift vertical96%
HD Readyyes
Special view modesdynamic, living room, natural, cinema, x.v.color

Inputs/Outputs

VGA inputyes
DVI inputNo
Sound inputsnone
Composite inputyes
S-video inputyes
HDMI inputyes
PAL supportyes
SECAM supportyes
NTSC supportyes
Audio outputnone
Video outputnone
Others inputs/outputssecond HDMI input, RS 232, trigger in

Other

Noise (in normal use)28dB(A)
Size136x450x360mm
Weight7.3kg
Internal speakersnone
Extrasremote, cables (power)
Remote special featuresnone
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on200W

Lamp

Lamp cost (inc VAT)£233
Lamp supplierwww.projectorlampsworld.co.uk
Lamp cost per hour of use£0.06
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy)£0.06

Buying Information

Price£996
Supplierhttp://www.projectorpoint.co.uk
Detailswww.epson-europe.com

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