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Limitations and Conclusion
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Ease of Use
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Intended Use:
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Epson VS220 Projector Epson VS220
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2700
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Resolution:800x600
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:3 LCD
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$199.00
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB, HDMI, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

Epson VS220 Portable Projector:
Lots of Light for just $359

Allan Abbott, May 10, 2013

Limitations

Placement Flexibility. Even though the VS220 touts Wide and Tele controls, this is not an optical zoom but a digital approximation. As you move from Wide to Tele, the image size decreases, but the image also loses resolution as fewer pixels are used to display the image. The net is that for full resolution, you are faced with a single image size at any particular projection distance, and if you need to change the image size, you will need to re-position the projector.

Fan Noise.At 2,700 lumens with a small footprint, the VS220 generates heat that must be exhausted quickly, and fan noise is the result. Fortunately, the heat is exhausted from the front of the projector, so audience impact is minimized. Nevertheless, those sitting within ten feet of the VS220 may be distracted, so using Eco mode is a good option. Brightness is only reduced by 22% in Eco mode, and this will have little impact on image quality in all but brightly lit rooms.

The noise reduction in Eco mode is dramatic . . . barely a whisper. So, since brightness reduction is minimal, Eco mode is a good choice for many projection conditions.

Conclusion

Epson's new VS220 is a versatile SVGA projector that suits both fixed and portable applications. It is small and light for a 2,700-lumen projector, and its data and video images are excellent for those environments where high resolution is unnecessary. It may not handle 3-D media, but it accommodates just about every other source in a classroom or conference room. At less than $400 street price, the VS220 represents a real value, and we give it our highest rating in that category.

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Reader Comments(4 comments)

Posted Oct 14, 2013 12:19:46 PM

By Marilyn M

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FYI, there are MANY classrooms in the US in which the computers are old enough to use an SVGA projector.

Posted Jun 28, 2013 6:58:24 AM

By Dylan

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Even VGA projectors shouldn't be sold anymore. Name me one device that has a Native Resolution or Aspect Ratio that matches these projectors. Big surprise when the user thinks they got a deal and it forces their laptop into SVGA resolution...time machine, you're back in 1997. Epson should know better but end users want cheap and don't read and/or understand the specifications. Projector Central reviewers on the other hand do know better and should not be rating these highly and to be more honest should flat out call them obsolete.

Posted May 11, 2013 8:55:35 AM

By Yins

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My point exactly. Projectors that come in SVGA resolution should no longer be produced by a manufacturer like Epson which means it goes backward instead of moving forward. With the new development in IT field, every manufacturer should try its best to keep up with it. Come on Epson, you can do better.

Posted May 10, 2013 4:35:11 PM

By Bryce McKay

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SVGA, seriously??? It's 2013 and projector manufacturers should be ashamed of releasing low resolution products in this day and age - many phones have a higher resolution! SVGA projectors should be limited to two stars for "Performance" as an embarrassment to the manufacturer.

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