Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD
Home Entertainment Projector Review
October 11, 2011
The MegaPlex MG-850HD is not the first home entertainment projector from Epson. Previously, the Epson MovieMate series occupied the same niche, incorporating an onboard DVD player to create a complete home entertainment solution in a box. Epson also released the PowerLite Home Cinema 700 and 705HD, two entertainment projectors focused on USB projection and integration with mobile devices.
The MegaPlex series takes cues from both the MovieMate series and the Home Cinema 700 series projectors. In a way, it updates both of these concepts for the new decade, solidifying the link between home entertainment and mobile devices and making it more intuitive. With the MG-850HD, they have created a bright, high-resolution home entertainment projector that's perfect for the living room. It creates a way to share content that has typically been limited to tiny screens. With family or friends gathered around, a simple game or video clip can become an experience.
When it gets down to the nitty-gritty, the MG-850HD delivers on its promise. The iPod dock functions well, and navigation is mostly straightforward. Black level is slightly high, but in a bright room black level becomes functionally irrelevant. The same goes for the remote control backlight--annoying in the dark, but the MG-850HD is not built for the dark. All in all, the MG-850HD is a strong performer and a great addition to any family space.