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Review: Epson Home Cinema 750 HD Projector
on June 10, 2013
Before I begin my review, I will disclose that I own several Epson products and I believe they are uniformly excellent. Well made, attractive products that do their job with a minimum of fussing and adjusting. This projector is no exception.
I will also point out that I do not own a 3D television, dvd or blu-ray player so I was also not able to test its 3D functionality. If the 3D function works as well as the rest of the unit, you will probably find Jack Sparrow sitting next to you on the couch asking for some of your popcorn. Men's Journal awarded the unit their approval in April, 2013 and Projector Central also rated it very highly in their April 24, 2013 review. There is one set of glasses, which need to be 'paired' with the unit and if you have a significant other, you may need to purchase one for them so you can watch together. Me? The one set of glasses is still packed away. The glasses are model ELPGS03 (part number V12H548006) and you can get another pair for between $75-$100.
First, the setup. It was as simple as opening the unit and hooking up your inputs to the back of the projector. You can use a variety of sources (HDMI, Component to VGA, S-Video, Composite and Video-for-Sound)all by using the plugs and connectors in the back of the unit. You can also use a computer as your source system (I didn't but you can, you just need to use the enclosed CD to setup drivers) using the VGA or USB-B port. Camera and other USB devices can also be used in the USB ports (as one might expect). I've heard that using the USB can make the video a little pixel-y, but I did not experience this despite my attempts to 'break' the image.
The projection resolves to 1280x800 pixels, so don't let the 750HD talk you out of buying it. Full color, its over 16 million colors, and 3000 lumens. Bright, pretty picture that can be viewed with lights in the room on or off (though off is better IMHO). The screen I'm using is 109"
The lense is exposed with a switch on top that slides a gate from right to left. The manual calls this an A/V Mute, I call it a 'lense cover.'
As one might expect, placement of the unit is key to its usefulness. The unit can be used for front or rear, on a table or mounted in the ceiling (upside down!) and is placed between 55-200 inches away. The colors are richer when closer, but the projection surface is reduced.
So first the positives: The unit is bright, easy to use, compact enough that it can fit anywhere (although where you put it is dependent upon where you will view the image), and can even go with you. I plan to host a movie night a couple of times this summer in my development, with the unit projecting against the wall of a tennis court.
The negatives, if you are going to project from behind you, or beside you, the fan is a little noisy. Its a little more than a computer fan so my suggestion is either rear view or ceiling mount, where you can get away from the fan noise a bit. Not a big problem, but it is noticeable. It might worse if it wasn't in my basement, where it is cool.
All in, this is an excellent projector, with a clear image that can come from many different sources. The colors are rich, the brightness is excellent and the unit itself is compact and light. The only negative is fan noise, but even that is barely a negative. If you are considering, go purchase. I believe you will be quite happy.