Epson EH-TW5210 Home Cinema Projector Review
+ Nice crisp and clear picture
+ Easy to use
+ Works across a variety of platforms
- Can be a bit loud
- Sometimes the picture lags
I was dubious about a projector at first, thinking that the space in my home wouldn’t be large enough to accommodate such a device and be used to its full potential. I was pleasantly surprised however when I saw how well it worked in my living room, and those apprehensions were quickly forgotten. Epson has a long history of producing good quality electronics, and I in fact have one of their printers sitting in my office, so having the chance to use another of their products was good.
To start, and probably the most important feature when thinking about a projector is the picture quality; it is fantastic. It is a full HD picture and this is really clear when watching a Blu-ray disk or playing a next gen console. I used it for both gaming and watching some films and live TV to get the best idea of how well it worked. I found that with some things, such as football, it struggled to keep up with the fast movement at times but overall the picture was still clear. For gaming it is fantastic, and there is nothing quite like playing one of your favourite games on a large the large screen that this projector gives you. I picked up on some details I hadn’t noticed before when playing on the normal TV and the environments and characters are given rich tones and full HD detail; it was wonderful. The only downside being that it makes my normal TV look really small.
There are several options for the picture type you want which will alter the image and enhance it depending on what you are using it for. For example, there is the Cinema mode which gives a richer colour spectrum and makes the dark colours really stand out when you are watching a film. There is also a Bright Cinema which keeps the colours rich, but brightens the whole picture which is useful if it is really sunny outside. The only downside of this is that some of the brighter modes make the machine work a lot harder, meaning that it can be really loud at times.
The Epson EH-TW5210 has built in speakers. They are OK, not tinny as you might expect from a device which is fairly small. However, if you are wanting a more cinematic and dramatic experience then you would probably do a lot better plugging in your own outside source for audio. The inclusion of the speakers however does mean that if you don’t have access to another audio source you can still use the device.
On the whole it is a very easy device to use. Plug in a device, be it games console, laptop, or TV and it is ready to go. There are several different ports to choose from so a mixture of devices can be plugged into it. There are two HDMI ports, a USB port, and a PC port along with a few others. The fact that there are so many options for what you can connect to the projector makes it a really versatile piece of kit. The set up I had meant that the projector itself wasn’t square the wall the image was on. This wasn’t a problem as you can move the keystone inside the device to make the picture straight. There is a sliding element which means you can do this quickly, but there are also buttons on top of the projector which help you to refine the angles in much smaller increments. There is also a slider which is used to focus the picture once it is in the correct position. The projector also has two feet at the back which can screw in or out to make it a different height, and there is a retractable leg at the front so it can be tilted upwards. This means that you can use if pretty much anywhere if you haven’t got the ability to shine it straight ahead onto a wall.
The Epson EH-TW5210 projector has all the features you would want from this type of equipment, it also a has a few extras which set it above others on the market. Along with it being full 1080p HD, it also has 3D capabilities. This is an element I couldn’t test out as I didn’t have the right eye equipment. On the whole it is a great projector for your home, with very few points which would make it a bad purchase. Perhaps one of the only downsides is the price tag, which at nearly £500 it is fairly expensive. But you get what you pay for, and for those £500 you get a good quality picture and a highly enjoyable gaming experience on a big screen.