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Epson EB-X11 review

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Price when reviewed : £374
inc VAT

The EB-X11 has a bright image with bold colours, is easy to set up and use and costs little to run - it's not much good for films, but is a fine budget office projector


1,024×768 resolution, 2,600 ANSI lumens, 77x295x228mm, 2.3kg

The Epson EB-X11 is designed for the education sector, and it’s pretty specialised. It’s amazingly bright, with a 2,600 lumens lamp, and has a 1,024×768 resolution, so it’s more suited to presentations than HD films. It has some advanced features too, such as a USB connection that can send both video and audio to the projector and let you use the projector’s remote control to control your PC’s cursor.

Epson EB-X11

The projector has VGA, composite and S-video inputs, with separate phono plugs for audio. There’s no 3.5mm audio input, however. You can also connect your PC or laptop via the USB Type B port, which prompts you to install a USB Display driver which provides both audio and video, and lets you use the remote control’s mouse features. It’s awkward to control your PC this way, however – we’d much rather use a wireless mouse.

Epson EB-X11

You can also plug USB flash drives or external disks directly into the EB-X11’s USB host port, but it can only display pictures this way – it supports JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG files. There’s no multimedia player and no support for Microsoft Office files, so unless you convert your presentation into an image slideshow, you’ll need to attach your computer.

Epson EB-X11

It supports both mirror and inverse images, so it can be ceiling mounted or used with a translucent screen in a rear projection configuration. The zoom allows some freedom to choose screen size: at seven feet, we could project an image that measured between 59in and 70in diagonally. There’s a small plastic foot on a ratchet at the front of the EB-X11 for height adjustment.

The projector has automatic vertical keystone correction, for when the projector is too high or too low relative to the screen’s centre line, and a slider behind the lens that lets you adjust horizontal keystone manually. This has a notch at its mid-point so you can reset it easily. It’s worth noting that keystone correction distorts the image, thus reducing clarity, so if at all possible you should position the projector square-on to your screen manually.

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Price £374
Rating ****
Award Budget Buy


Projector technology 3-LCD
Lamp brightness 2,600 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 4,000
Lamp life in economy mode 5,000
Contrast ratio 3,000:1


Native resolution 1,024×768
Max compressed resolution 1,920×1,080
Aspect ratio 4:3
Other aspect ratios 16:9
Max diagonal at 7ft 71in
Throw ratio 1.48:1 to 1.77:1
Optical zoom 1.2x
Projection distance 1.2m to 9.1m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal N/A
Lens shift vertical N/A
HD Ready no
Special view modes Dynamic, Presentation, Theatre, Sports, Photo, sRGB, Blackboard, Whiteboard


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs phono stereo
Composite input yes
S-video input yes
HDMI input no
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output VGA
Others inputs/outputs USB pointer control, RS232


Noise (in normal use) 37dB(A)
Size 77x295x228mm
Weight 2.3kg
Internal speakers yes (2W mono)
Extras remote, cables (power, VGA)
Remote special features mouse control, freeze, aspect ratio, zoom
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 231W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) £138
Lamp supplier
Lamp cost per hour of use £0.03
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) £0.03

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