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Epson MovieMate 85HD
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|Weight:|| 9.3 lbs|
|Lamp Life:||4,000 Hrs|
Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI, Audio Out (x2), Audio In, USB (x2),
480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/50, 525i, 525p, 576i, 576p, 625i, 625p
Epson MovieMate 85HD
Home Entertainment Projector
March 21, 2011
The Epson MovieMate 85HD is the latest in the company's line of value priced home entertainment projectors. Listed at $899 with a native 1280 x 800 resolution, the 85HD displays 720p widescreen movies without compression, and it handles all sorts of other sources including audio discs, game consoles, USB memory sticks, computers, and HDMI devices such as Blu-Ray players. This is no lightweight projector at 9.3 pounds, but when you consider that it houses a DVD player, a 20-watt audio system, and a 2,500-lumen projector in one integrated package, it really is quite compact. Maybe the nicest benefit of all this integration is the absence of cables that usually connect those individual components. On the 85HD there is nothing to contend with but the power cord.
While not home theater quality, the 85HD does put up some nice video, and the audio impact is far better than most projectors its size. It is designed as an entertainment center, and whether you want to sing a bit of karaoke (there is a microphone jack), watch a movie, or look at your photo CD of Uncle Ralph's last mountain climbing adventure, the 85HD makes it easy to gather family and friends and get things cooking in short order. It can also serve as a music playback system when the video projector is not in use.
When the weather is nice, the backyard can become an impromptu outdoor movie theater. Throw a few blankets on the grass, tack a sheet to the side of the garage for a screen, and watch your favorite movie with friends and neighbors. The 85HD is a great addition to Epson's line, and it brings new versatility and performance to the all-in-one class of entertainment projectors.
Brightness: Three of the four preset modes (Dynamic, Game, and Living Room) all put up 2,580 ANSI lumens . . . plenty of light for all but the brightest rooms. Theater mode reduced brightness to 1,335 lumens which is more appropriate for movie viewing and color balance was improved. The Eco lamp setting lowers brightness by 30% in all modes and extends rated lamp life by 1,000 hours.
Uniformity: The 85HD's brightness uniformity of 87% is a little above average for this class of projector. There is a gradual increase in brightness from the top toward the bottom of the image, and there are no distracting hot spots.
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