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|Display Resolution Max||720 pixels||1280_x_800||Full HD 1080p, 1920 x 1080 lines||WUXGA lines||1280_x_800||1080p Full HD|
|Image Brightness||3,000||3000 ANSI lumens||2,200||3,000||3,200||3,200 lumen|
|Image Contrast Ratio||12,000||15000:1||30,000:1||15,000 : 1||25000:1||2000:1|
|Item Dimensions||29.7 x 23.4 x 7.7 cm||23.4 x 29.7 x 7.7 cm||24.5 x 29.7 x 11.4 cm||24.4 x 29.7 x 7.7 cm||23 x 29.8 x 9.6 cm||22 x 26 x 9.3 cm|
|Item Weight||2.4 kg||2.4 kg||2.9 kg||2.6 kg||2.17 kg||2.4 kg|
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Epson EH-TW490 Home Cinema Projector
The EH-TW490 is Epson's HD-Ready 720p home cinema projector, and offers you the chance to experience video games, movies or sport events on a big scale. You'll immediately see that pictures are crisp and clear with vivid, accurate colours, thanks to Epson's 3LCD technology and WXGA 1,280 x 800 resolution. With the slim, lightweight design you'll be able to set up and enjoy anywhere around the home.
At a Glance
- 3,000lm White and Colour Light Output
- 3LCD HD-Ready technology
- Horizontal and vertical keystone correction
- Wide range of connectivity options, including USB 2.0, S-Video in and HDMI in
- 2D colour modes -- dynamic, living room and cinema
Bright Big Screen Experience
You can watch bright content with accurate colours in a wide variety of light levels, without having to sit in the dark. This is thanks to an equally high White and Colour Light Output of 3,000lm and Epson's 3LCD technology. The contrast ratio of 12,000:1 also means that very dark, shadowy movie scenes or live action sport events appear clearer and don't look washed out.
Easy to Use
The projector is quick and simple to set up, thanks to its manual horizontal slider and automatic vertical keystone correction. Whatever the angle of the actual projector, you can align the projection to ensure a straight and correct image; great for settling down to a film, arranging online games quickly or making sure you don’t miss the start of important sporting events. With a projection ratio of 1.30-1.56:1 there is a projection size of 33-318 inches.
With its slim, lightweight design, and included carry case, you can easily transport the projector and take the big screen experience wherever you want -- whether it’s in a different room or at a friend’s house.
Digital Projector Colour Light Output (CLO)
Epson had a bright idea -- measure the colour light output (CLO) instead of just the white. High CLO means colours are up to 3 times brighter than 1-chip DLP projectors, meaning you don’t need to worry about your presentation displaying dark, dull images -- with an Epson projector you’ll get maximum impact.
Colour is an important part of image quality, which is why a projector’s colour brightness, given in lumens, is important to know. If it’s not as high as the white brightness, images are duller and colours may appear washed out. Measure the brightness of the red, green and blue light and the resulting value is your Colour Brightness or Colour Light Output (CLO).
Digital projectors produce colour in different ways, resulting in big differences in colour brightness. Many manufacturers only quote the brightness in lumens of their projectors’ white light. This just shows how bright a projector is when showing a plain white image; it doesn’t give the full picture.
Why Choose a 3LCD Projector?
Epson projectors use a 3LCD projection engine to deliver bright, clear images that are rich in detail and colour. Many other projectors use 1-chip DLP projector systems, which create thousands of pulses of coloured light per second. They do this by shining lamp light through red, green, blue and white parts of a rotating colour wheel. These light pulses are then reflected by a DMD device, which is on a hinge and has a tiny mirror for each pixel of the image.
The series of rapid colour bursts is then projected onto the screen. The viewer's brain can't pick out the individual flickers -- it mixes the basic colours that appear in succession in each pixel to come up with the final colour the viewer sees.
Epson’s 3LCD system works differently, using a combination of dichroic mirrors to separate the white light from the projector lamp into red, green and blue light. Each of the three light colours is then passed through its own LCD panel and recombined using a prism before being projected onto the screen.
With 1-chip DLP technology, colour break-up or the ‘rainbow effect’ can sometimes be seen. This occurs when the eye perceives the individual colours, and is a result of the colours being projected sequentially by the colour wheel. Epson’s 3LCD technology avoids this by including all three basic colours in each pixel of the projection, delivering superior Colour Light Output that’s easier on the eyes.
Epson -- Exceed Your Vision
Epson is an innovation leader, aiming to exceed your vision when it comes to printing, scanning, fax and copying. For 40 years, Epson has understood the changing needs of customers and is committed to creating ground-breaking technology which offers you -- the customer -- long-lasting, high-quality prints.
Epson Projector Comparison Chart
|Resolution||WXGA 720p, 1280 x 800, 16:10 (2D)||WXGA 720p, 1280 x 800, 16:10 (2D and 3D)||Full HD 1080p, 1920 x 1080, 16:9 (2D and 3D)|
|Brightness||3,000 lumens Colour Light Output||3,000 lumens Colour Light Output||2,000 lumens Colour Light Output|
|Projection Ratio||1.3 - 1.56:1||1.3 - 1.56:1||1.22 - 1.47:1|
|Image Size||33 inches - 318 inches||33 inches - 318 inches||34 inches - 328 inches|
|Lamp||200W UHE||200W UHE E-TORL||200W UHE|
|Lamp life||5,000 hours (normal), 6,000 hours (eco mode)||4,000 hours (normal), 5,000 hours (eco mode)||5,000 hours (normal), 6,000 hours (eco mode)|
|Zoom||Optical x1.2||Optical x1.2||Optical x1.2|
|Keystone Correction||Auto vertical ±30°, Manual horizontal ±30°||Auto vertical ±30°, Manual horizontal ±30°||Auto vertical ±30°, Manual horizontal ±30°|
|Energy Use||270W (normal) / 201W (eco) / 0.28W (standby)||277W (normal) / 230W (eco) / 0.4W (standby)||287W (normal) / 217W (eco) / 0.31W (standby)|
|Inputs||VGA, Composite Video, S-Video, HDMI, USB A, USB B, RCA audio pair||VGA, Composite Video, S-Video, HDMI, USB A, USB B, RCA audio pair||VGA, Composite Video, HDMI x2, USB A, RS-232C, RCA audio pair, Stereo mini audio out|
|Carry Case Included||Yes||Yes||No|
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Pros: Its will work well as a home cinema or business projector and the replacement lamps are affordable. The projector is nice and bright and ok for daylight viewing. Use the Eco mode to prolong the life of the lamp and to reduce fan noise. The manual keystone controls are easy and quick to use. Tip: when using the keystone controls if possible use a screen with a black boarder to reduce the appearance of the non-projected areas (without a image, the overspill). If you want a bright projector for presentations or occasional movie and TV viewing the Epson would be a good choice ... if the price is right.
Cons: If you are looking for a projector which gives you true blacks this is not for you; this relates more to artists, musicians or VJ's who may be working with black canvases (backgrounds). You will not achieve a true black (absence of light), there will always be a some light even with the auto iris operational. Note: true blacks are the Holy Grail for projectors and may only be achievable with Laser light sources, and at this level you will always have some light on the screen. For blacker blacks look at DLP. The projector fan is noisy particularly if the Eco and sleep modes are off and the fan will always be running.
Running costs: If you can get the projector at a good price your running costs could be quite low, the lamp should last up to 5000 hours depending on how you use the projector and possibly longer on Eco mode. Epson have some extended warranty deals which include replacement lamps.
I previously owned an Epson standard-def projector a few years ago which I liked a lot, hence my preference for the brand, but to be honest, it was a bit of an impulse buy. I liked having a projector for movies and a few games, still had a screen in the loft and wanted to get it running again.
Very pleased with the TW490, it has good build quality and doesn't feel cheap at all, very light weight, and easy to set up. I even think it's a reasonably attractive unit with a kind of 'carbon fibre' effect on the case. The built-in lens cover is a nice touch.
Out of the box picture is very good. Black levels are not amazing, but the auto-iris helps. I found the "dynamic" setting to be the best with the Colour Temp set to Low and Auto-iris set to Fast. The iris makes a bit of noise, but I didn't notice while watching a movie and it helps by dimming the lamp when the scene is dark.
We have a similarly priced and spec Benq DLP projector at work which I have borrowed before for a couple of days, and which seems to be pretty much typical for the price (about £400). While it has better black levels than the Epson, that is only really of benefit if you have a light controlled room with fairly dark walls because except for completely black scenes, the light from the screen bounces off our beige walls and lights up the screen. Therefore you will never see true black in a living room space from any projector. The lamp is bright enough that it's not necessary to black out the room (or even dim the room lights on full power!), so this works well as a 'lifestyle' device.
The issue with budget DLPs is the rainbow-coloured after images which are caused because a DLP projects each colour sequentially and relies on persistence of vision to merge colours together. They are not too bad if you are watching a Powerpoint with a static image, but when playing a game where you are scanning your eyes around the screen I can really see the coloured after images which are quite annoying to me. I am sure more expensive DLP units overcome this, but not at £300. This is not a problem for the LCD technology however, and the colours are great from the TW490 and it's comfortable to watch with no flicker or rainbows.
The fan is a bit noisy on standard power, but you would only need that for daylight viewing, the Eco mode is quiet and bright enough for evening viewing. It has a built in speaker but I don't use it, as I have an 'all-in-one' home cinema - it's only useful for presentations that might include a couple of videos, or maybe for a just a quick set-up with a games console. If you use it as a portable projector, a carry-bag is included, and the projector is very light to carry round. It has something called 'auto keystone' which is good for portable use as you can basically plonk it down anywhere and it will automatically square up the image, and it will save some set-up time before a meeting (with some loss of resolution however, so don't use this function it if using for a home cinema).
I have it wall mounted up behind the sofa with a 100-inch screen just under 3m away and even though it is not "Full-HD", it's not like you can count the individual pixels from the sofa. Mounting it higher up also helps with noise.
So recommended for a budget model if you can get the same price as me or better, but at the current list price I think it might be worth looking around at the competition.
Update after few weeks:
Seems the lamp has settled in now and I have played around with the settings more. I now like it even more than my first impressions. My wife is totally amazed and we have had some great movie nights. My only regret now is maybe holding out for the 3D version, the TW-550.
The projector is really quiet, so quiet that you cannot hear it above the sound from the built in speakers (which are only 2 watt, so not that loud) on low volume. It makes my last projector seem so deafening in comparison that I got used to turning the volume up very high just to get over the whirling noise. The only time the whirling noise is audible is when there is no picture/channel input. But as soon as there is a picture it goes back to its quiet humming in the background.
I love this projector because it is the only projector I have been ble to watch during the day. I used to dread summer days because I just couldn't see the picture clearly until around 10pm. With this projector, day or night, the picture is crystal clear and rich in colour 24/7. The picture is still vivid even though it is time to replace the bulb.
This projector is great for gaming. The large wide screen makes playing my PS4 a pleasure that I look forward to almost everyday. The fact that the projector has a HDMI port just makes the picture and sound even better, although it would have been great to have two or more HDMI ports so I can connect both my Set top box and PS4 at the same time. But that really is only a minor inconvenience.
The bulb that came with the projector has lasted for 8 months so far, nearly double the length of time that the bulbs in my previous projectors have lasted. I am amazed about this because I work from home, so I watch TV during the day, the kids play their games in the evening and I play my game for many hours nearly every night into the morning.
I am just about to buy a replacement bulb, hence taking the time to write this review. Buying replacement bulbs is always tricky because there is usually a wide price range. I believe you get what you pay for and I have found most of the options for this projector are just over £100. For my last projector I was regularly paying £230 (including VAT) for replacement bulbs that lasted just a few months of light use, given that I couldn't watch it during the day and did not did not play my PS4 anywhere near as often or as long (I had a proper job then).
The projector is very lightweight, so it can fit nicely on any shelf without risking falling down at any minute. The corner-adjust function also means that you get a full screen picture from anywhere in the room. My previous projectors had to be square-on to the screen for a perfect picture.
I have not had better projector than this, and for the price, I would definitely recommend it. I don't think I will ever go back to watching a small screen TV even if its is 40+ inch because I am now so used to watching larger than life size TV, DVDs and gams on a whole wall!
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