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Epson EH-TW6100W review

Katharine Byrne
18 May 2013
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
1,349
inc VAT

Excellent image quality and 3D support, but its wireless HD transmitter still isn’t quite good enough

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Specifications

1,920x1,080 resolution, 2,300 ANSI lumens, 137x420x365mm, 6.0kg

One of the problems with installing a projector is running cabling to it. With the TH-TW6100W Epson thinks that it has the answer: it bundles a wireless HDMI receiver with it. This makes it more expensive than the identical non-wireless TW6100 (roughly £80 less from www.dabs.com), but this feature lets you transmit your films wirelessly without having to rout lots of cables (except power) to the back of the Full HD (1,920x1,080) 3-LCD projector.

Epson EH-TW6100W

WIRELESS

It’s easy to set up, as all you need to do is connect an HDMI cable to the bundled-in wireless HDMI transmitter box and enable the Wireless HD source. In our testing, we found it was a huge improvement on the last Epson model we saw with this kind of technology. We still had to place the transmitter in direct line of sight to the projector to get the best reception, but we didn’t see any decrease in overall picture quality even when the transmitter’s reception was rated at less than 15 per cent.

Epson EH-TW6100W

It didn’t have to face the projector either to send a clear image, but we ran into problems when we placed the transmitter behind another object or on top of a shelf out of sight. This made the signal and picture disappear altogether, and so may still be problematic for some depending on your A/V layout. Because of this, we’d recommend buying from a retailer with a good returns policy so you can test it out in your own home.

Epson EH-TW6100W

If you’d rather ignore the wireless HD, then the projector has a great range of inputs round the back. We didn’t like that they were concealed behind a cheap piece of removable plastic, but along with two HDMI inputs, there are VGA, component and composite inputs as well as two USB inputs (one for displaying pictures from a USB mass storage device and the other for video and audio from a PC) and a mini-USB service port. It's a shame that there's no lens shift, though, so you'll need to carefully position the projector if you want a square picture and don't want to resort to keystone correction.

IMAGE QUALITY

More impressive was its stunning picture quality. Its bright 2,300 ANSI lumen lamp meant we had hardly any trouble watching films with all the lights turned on in our test room, and we could even pick out a reasonable level of detail during particularly dark scenes as well. Of course, it’s best viewed with the lights turned off, as it’s here where colours truly shine. Its black levels tended toward the grey end of the spectrum, but overall films looked sharp, vibrant and were judder-free.

When we first turned it on, its colour mode was set to Auto. This locks all the settings into place, but there are also a few preset modes as well. Its 2D picture modes include Dynamic, Living Room, Natural and Cinema, and these can all be customised to your liking using the in-depth menu settings. We found most of the default settings on these modes to be either too bright or too muted compared with the Auto settings, but there are manual controls for brightness, contrast, colour saturation and temperature, tint, sharpness, skin tone and individual colour values.

Epson EH-TW6100W

There are also advanced settings to change the power consumption, auto iris and its Super-res feature. Super-res helps sharpen up images that may have become blurred through projection, particularly if you’re projecting in standard definition, but the effect was fairly minimal. Text looked sharper and highlights looked a little brighter, but overall we couldn’t see a huge difference in picture quality.

The EH-TW6100W is 3D-ready as well and comes with a pair of active shutter 3D glasses. As with any pair of 3D glasses, there was a slight loss of brightness, but the picture quality is outstanding. Colours remained vibrant and we didn’t experience any cross-talk or screen flicker whatsoever. Its 3D menu options are also very thorough, including two 3D picture modes (Dynamic and Cinema), 3D brightness settings to help take the edge off the dimmer image quality and depth of field options.

EXTRAS

It also has a pair of 20W speakers. While these can’t compare to dedicated home cinema sound system, they produced a pleasing amount of bass and had more than enough volume to fill a room. For occasional use, they could be useful.

Running costs aren't too bad compared to the price of the projector, with the lamp rated to last 4,000 hours at full brightness and 5,000 hours in ECO mode. This works out to running costs of around 6p and 5p per hour respectively.

The Epson EH-TW6100W is a superb projector. The wireless HD won’t be for everyone, but its 3D capabilities are excellent and the added pair of 3D glasses makes it excellent value. Still, wireless HD issues aside, we marginally prefer the cheaper non-wireless Epson EH-TW5910. Aside from a slightly dimmer lens, there wasn’t a considerable difference in image quality, and the EH-TW5910 is £450 less. The Best Buy winning Optoma HD25 is even better value.

Details

Price£1,349
Detailswww.epson.co.uk
Rating****

Specifications

Projector technology3-LCD
Lamp brightness2,300 ANSI lumens
Lamp life4,000
Lamp life in economy mode5,000
Contrast ratio40,000:1 dynamic

Picture

Native resolution1,920x1,080
Max compressed resolution1,600x1,200
Aspect ratio16:9
Other aspect ratiosnone
Max diagonal at 7ft73in
Throw ratio1.32:1 to 2.15:1
Optical zoom1.6x
Projection distance0.9m to 14.5m
Mirror imageyes
Invert imageyes
Lens shift horizontal0%
Lens shift vertical0%
HD Readyyes
Special view modesdynamic, living room, natural, cinema, 3D dynamic, 3D cinema

Inputs/Outputs

VGA inputyes
DVI inputNo
Sound inputsphono stereo
Composite inputno
S-video inputno
HDMI inputyes
PAL supportyes
SECAM supportyes
NTSC supportyes
Audio output3.5mm
Video outputnone
Others inputs/outputssecond HDMI input, USB mass storage port, USB service port

Other

Noise (in normal use)32dB(A)
Size137x420x365mm
Weight6.0kg
Internal speakersyes (20W stereo)
Extraspower, HDMI cable clamp, RF 3D glasses, remote control, wireless HD I/F cover, wireless HD transmitter
Remote special featuresaspect ratio, backlight, colour mode, 3D mode, input select
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on314W

Lamp

Lamp cost (inc VAT)£270
Lamp supplierwww.projectorlampworld.co.uk
Lamp cost per hour of use£0.07
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy)£0.05

Buying Information

Price£1,349
Supplier
Detailswww.epson.co.uk

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