Epson MovieMate 60
Portable Home Entertainment System
February 11, 2010
You've just learned that ten neighborhood kids are coming over for a backyard burger fest. Your eight-year-old wants to show his Toy Story 3 DVD on a sheet hung on the side of the garage. Normally that means hauling a DVD player, a projector, audio speakers, and various cables to set it all up. Epson's new MovieMate 60 packs it all into one box. The MovieMate 60 is a bright, portable LCD projector with a built-in DVD player and audio system that makes it easy to view movies outdoors or off-site locations. It is also a great photography projector, and it can serve as a music playback system when the video projector is not in use.
On first glance, the MovieMate 60 may look like just another combo LCD projector and DVD player. On closer inspection, its versatility extends to accommodating USB memory sticks, iPods, music CDs, game consoles, and computers. In fact, it puts you in the mood for all sorts of family fun, and it's not confined to just indoors. Other than the power connection, there are no cables to trip over, and few adjustments are needed to put up a great image with plenty of sound from the 10-watt speakers.
Now, this isn't home theater quality, but for $700 is it a unique value proposition as an all-in-one home entertainment system. The MovieMate 60 is a 9.3 pound projector with a retractable handle and a padded carrying case that make transport easy, either for outside use or for temporary set up in the living room.
The MovieMate 60 is an ideal replacement for your old Kodak Carousel slide projector. Just get those photos of Aunt Maude's birthday transferred to a CD, clear off the coffee table, get out your pop-up screen, and you're ready for a fun evening.
The MovieMate 60 is easy to use. DVDs and music CDs begin to play shortly after insertion. Photos selected from the file menu start automatically in a slide show format, but you can pause and move forward or backward with a touch of a Chapter key on the remote. Track selection for music CDs or chapter selection for DVDs is made via the numeric portion of the remote control.