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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

Performance

Brightness and Uniformity.The VS220 delivered a bit more than its specified brightness in its Dynamic preset with 2,770 lumens. The other presets put up the following numbers: Presentation - 2,300 lumens and Theatre, Photo, and sRGB - 2,210 lumens each. Brightness uniformity was exceptional at 93% with the upper half of the image slightly brighter.

Image Controls. Unlike most inexpensive and even some more expensive projectors, the VS220 allows complete image control in all projection modes including HDMI. In the Image menu, brightness, contrast, and tint can be varied, and should that prove insufficient, the Color Adjustment sub-menu allows individual control of red, green, and blue levels. It seems ironic that with all this image manipulation available, there is really little need for it . . . the Color Mode settings are very accurate.

Image Size and Offset.The centerline of the lens is at the bottom of the image at all projection distances, so tabletop mounting works well. At a projection distance of 70", the image diagonal will be 100", and the image is bright enough for almost any room condition.

Menu Selection and Navigation .The VS220's six menus are intuitive and not deeply layered. The Image and Settings menus cover most of the settings you are likely to need, and the only limitation is the absence of a User memory to retain preferred settings. New users are going to have to change settings if they prefer different display characteristics than the previous user.

Remote Control.The remote control is full size and is divided into four separate functional areas: source selection, numeric keys, direct action keys, and menu navigation. Source selection can be sequential or specific, and menu navigation is controlled with the Menu, Enter, and Escape keys. The only menu of any complexity is the Image menu, and although it has several variables, it is easy to move from one sub-menu to another. The remote control can also function as a computer mouse or a pointer as long as there is a connection between the projector's USB-B connector and your computer.

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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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