- Written by Chris Eberle
- Published on 28 April 2014
Epson 2030 LCD 3D Projector Review Highlights
I have been reviewing projectors for SECRETS for a number of years and I have been reviewing Epson's Home Cinema line of projectors every year for quite a while now. In fact the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 5020UBE 3D LCD Projector that I reviewed in 2013 was awarded a SECRETS Best of 2013 Product Award. I usually talk about how it's the best in the under-$3,000 category and how its performance is on par with projectors costing much more. The Epson Home Cinema 2030 offers excellent value and performance for your $900 investment. It is not designed for a high-performance home theater, but for portability and ease of use.
- It offers a wide range of input options, great light output and many additional features.
- It is the lightest and smallest projector I have reviewed.
- The 3D glasses are light and comfortable.
- Set-up is very straightforward.
- Benchmark and Calibration Results: Grayscale tracking - good: Gamma and Color results not as solid.
- Movie Content -Optical clarity, color, and brightness are quite good.
- Black levels not great.
- One of the best 3D displays-for 3D fans
I highly recommend this Epson 2030 Projector for a big-screen experience with a small investment.
Introduction to the Epson Home Cinema 2030 LCD 3D Projector Review
I have been reviewing Epson's Home Cinema line of projectors every year for quite a while now. I usually talk about how it's the best in the under-$3,000 category and how its performance is on par with projectors costing much more.
EPSON HOME CINEMA 2030 LCD 3D PROJECTOR REVIEW SPECIFICATIONS
- Design: Three-Chip LCD Projector
- Panel type: C2Fine
- Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- Anamorphic Lens Support: No
- 3D Formats: Frame-Packing, Side-by-Side, Top-bottom
- 2D-3D Conversion: Yes
- Throw ratio: 1.22 – 1.47
- Lens Shift: No
- Light Output: 2,000 Lumens
- Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1
- Iris Control: 2-speed Auto
- Image Size: 34" – 328"
- Inputs: 2 HDMI 1.4a (1 MHL), 1 Composite, 1 VGA, 1 RCA Stereo Audio, 1 USB
- Audio Output: 1 3.5mm Stereo Mini-Jack
- Control: 1 RS-232
- Lamp Power: 200 Watts
- Rated Lamp Life: 6,000 (ECO) / 5,000 Hours (Normal)
- Dimensions: 4.25" H x 11.69" W x 9.72" D
- Weight: 6.4 Pounds
- Warranty: 2 Years, 90 Days Lamp
- MSRP: $899.99 USD
- 3D Glasses: RF, Sold Separately, $99/each
- SECRETS Tags: Epson, Cinema, LCD, Projectors, 3D, Video, Projector Reviews 2014
Today, I'm doing something a bit different. Those of you awaiting a review of the Home Cinema 5030UB will have to hold on just a little longer. That projector will be in my theater soon but in the meantime, Epson was kind enough to send me the Home Cinema 2030. This is a budget model to be sure but in typical fashion, it packs a ton of features and performance in for a trifling $900.
Here's what you get with the Cinema 2030: 2,000 lumens of brightness, 3D, HDMI with MHL, USB with networking capability, and a built-in speaker. Here's what you'll have to move up in price for: lens shift, higher quality optics, lower black levels, THX certification, and wireless HDMI. If you're looking for a portable projector that works in a variety of environments, and can connect to any conceivable video source, I don't believe you'll have to look any further! Let's check it out.