Epson Home Cinema 3010
Epson Home Cinema 3010e
3D 1080p Projector
October 19, 2011
The Home Cinema 3010 is a bit of a departure for Epson, as the company ventures into 3D and experiments with features not previously seen in Epson home theater projectors. The 3010 bridges the gap between classic home theater and living room oriented home entertainment in ambient light. It can function well in either environment, provided that one accommodates the projector's quirks. Some features, like 1373 lumens in Cinema mode and dual 10W speakers, seem tailor-made for home entertainment. Other features, like the projector's auto iris and excellent default color calibration, make the Home Cinema 3010 feel more like a home theater projector. The 3010e adds a wireless HDMI feature that do-it-yourselfers will love.
The Home Cinema 3010 lacks a few typical Epson features, such as H/V lens shift and a 2:1 zoom lens. It also suffers from underwhelming 3D performance compared to its competition. These limitations may frustrate some existing Epson customers who may be planning to replace existing projectors that have longer zoom and lens shift.
Where the Home Cinema 3010 excels is as a very bright 3D video projector, perfect for large screens or rooms in which some ambient light is preferred. If you judge the Home Cinema 3010 on its capabilities in this area, it comes out looking like a solid projector for home entertainment. The wireless 3010e version is particularly appealing for the nominal $200 additional cost, though the absence of 3D glasses raises the cost by another $200 for those interested in 3D projection. For those who do not care about 3D and whose primary concern is to have an outstanding high contrast home theater projector for dark room viewing, the Home Cinema 8350 remains a formidable option and an excellent value in Epson's product line. For conventional home theater in a light controlled space, the 8350 would be our choice over the 3010.