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