1080p DLP Home Video Projector
July 19, 2012
Light output. At only 1200 lumens of actual output, it's difficult to get behind the EP5920 as a full-ambient-light living room projector -- it just doesn't have the oomph for it. Now, 1200 lumens is a fair amount of light, but some home theater projectors can produce that kind of brightness while also supplying the contrast to make them contenders in the cinema. Other home video projectors can produce up to 3000 lumens but still cost about the same as the EP5920 -- though these projectors are typically lower in resolution. If you have a very bright living room, or windows that you can't cover up, you might want to consider a different projector.
Mild upward throw angle. The projector's mild upward throw makes it hard to use on a low coffee table, and nigh impossible to use under such a table. A ceiling mount will almost certainly require a drop tube, especially in a room with high ceilings. Despite this, it is still difficult to use the EP5920 on a rear shelf without placing it low enough that the audience stands a decent chance of getting in the way of the picture. While this is nothing unique to the EP5920, it is the sort of issue that folks often don't consider before purchase, leading to an unpleasant surprise later on.
Light leakage. On our test sample, there is a spill of yellow light from the front of the case, which cast a bright patch on the floor of our testing room. This can get kind of annoying if it falls on something important or, worse yet, reflective. We were forced to reorient the projector such that the light leak did not fall on our coffee table, as it reflected upward onto the screen and reduced contrast on one side.