Epson VS220 Portable Projector:
Lots of Light for just $359
May 10, 2013
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.
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.