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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$649
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2800
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$199.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB, HDMI, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710 HD
LCD Home Entertainment Projector

Bill Livolsi, June 29, 2012

Key Features

Portable. With its light weight, small size, and included carry bag, the 710 HD is easy to transport anywhere you'd like to go. The 710 HD is no larger than a good-sized hardback book, at 11.6" long by 9" wide by 3" tall. It weighs only five pounds. Included speakers, while not very powerful, provide an audio option without any additional wiring. So, while you'll still need to plug in to a signal source once you arrive, it is easy to bring the 710 HD to a friend's house or a client's office should the need arise.

Horizontal keystone. Generally, keystone correction is something people try to avoid, especially if they're watching a movie or television show. However, that advice mostly applies to home theater, and the 710 HD isn't for home theater. If the projector is set up such that it is not parallel to the screen on the horizontal axis, Epson has included a sliding lever that adjusts horizontal keystone, just above the lens zoom and focus controls. It is quite effective and makes projector setup into a thirty-second affair.

Easy takedown. Many of Epson's presentation projectors have an instant-off function, and this feature has been carried over to the 710 HD. At the end of the night, when it's time to pack up and go home, you press the Power button and the projector is safe to unplug and ready to pack up in three seconds flat.

Good connectivity. Despite the 710 HD's small size, the projector has an HDMI digital input, a VGA port (which will also take component video using an included adapter), two USB ports, S-video, and composite video. The USB ports can be used to connect a PC for Epson's USB projection feature (another carry-over from business projectors) or a USB flash drive for direct projection of images. This makes it a great projector for show-and-tell type presentations, such as showing off your vacation photos.

Bright picture. Since the 710 HD is a projector for the living room, it's no surprise that it is plenty bright. The 710 HD is rated at 2800 lumens, and as you'll see on the next page our test sample actually measured slightly above that benchmark. 2800 lumens is enough power to light up an 80" diagonal screen in moderate ambient light, making it bigger than your television by a good bit. And since its presets pay attention to color balance and contrast, you'll generally get a more accurate picture than if you used a similarly-priced presentation projector.

Onboard sound. The 710 HD includes two-watt stereo speakers built in. While two watts is not enough power to communicate the depth of a movie soundtrack, it's perfect for casual use, like impromptu video games set up for the kids while the adults are doing something else. More important is the fact that the projector has speakers at all, which makes it a real portable entertainment solution instead of just a rebranded business projector.

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Reader Comments(12 comments)

Posted Nov 20, 2013 8:41:08 AM

By matt fox

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i have the same story. my lam suddenly failed with about 2000 hours on it. i called epson, and they gave me the same line and said they wouldn't cover the lamp. it died suddenly. no warning, no replace lamp soon message or anything like that. it just went off. the manual says when the power light is on and lamp is flashing is to check the lamp and make sure it is not burned out or cracked. it didn't look burned out like a light bulb and the glass was not cracked. the fame are ramping up , spinning faster then normal. i think there is a slim chance that it was something else died and epson won't help me until i purchase a lamp to test the unit

Posted Aug 10, 2013 1:32:49 PM

By Doug Bott

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The built-in speaker is tinny and inadequate. Worse, there's no aux audio output. That means you have to use audio output to a compatible speaker (if your multimedia device supports it) or use some kind of home theater receiver that can take your HDMI audio and redirect it to better speakers.

Not cool. I'm using optical audio from my PS3 and my Mac to a sound bar that can take optical audio. Sounds great. My XBOX 360 has to use the internal speaker, unless I use the VGA connector.

Posted Jan 21, 2013 6:56:30 AM

By Kurt

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When I use this, there is always letterboxing (the extra 80 pixels on 720p stuff (since it is 800 px) or on the sides if it is SD stuff). I expect that but is there a way for it to not project dark gray and instead for that to be invisible?

I am projecting on a wall so it is a visible dark gray.

Posted Jan 2, 2013 8:11:43 AM

By Abby

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We bought this projector in May. The lamp failed after 1600 hours, even though it's rated for 4000 normal hrs and 5000 on eco setting. When I called Epson, they refused to cover the lamp, even though we are within a year of purchase AND the lamp is rated for more hours. So we're out $200+ bucks for something we bought 7 months ago. If you do buy this, make sure you get an extended warranty on it, like one provided by electronics stores. Other than this issue, we are really happy with the product.

Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:20:02 PM

By jenny

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Is this projector good for outdoor use with a projection screen? Also, how is the quality of the audio component?

Posted Jul 31, 2012 1:56:55 AM

By Ndagije Jeff

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1. Thnaks for this innovation, please tell me can this so called home entertainment projector have the features for Tv can i acces Tv channels usinig it please tell.

2. Is it portable?, tell me what is the best maxim zoom view point. NB.Please i need answers cos i want to purchase one for my home.

Posted Jul 26, 2012 7:01:33 PM

By Mahjikk

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Is this the same as the ex7210 business model?

Posted Jul 21, 2012 9:53:41 AM

By NECNP115owner

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I bought the NEC NP115 based on the Proj. Central review and have been happy with it, except I'd like a bigger picture, with 16x9 ratio. I'm wondering, is the image from this machine as good as the NP115, in regard to colors that really pop and black level/shadow detail? Those are the things I'm most concerned with, don't really care about hi def since my sources are all standard.

Posted Jul 15, 2012 7:37:24 PM

By Three

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I agree completely with two; I would like to know the input lag as well.

Posted Jul 15, 2012 4:03:54 PM

By karl

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I measured the input lag to be around 40-50 ms on my unit.

Posted Jul 4, 2012 1:28:12 AM

By Two

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Thanks for the review. Since this is a machine for gaming in the living room, could you post the input lag spec? It would be appreciated as this would be the most important buying decision for me with this projector. Thanks again, Two.

Posted Jul 2, 2012 10:37:58 PM

By Two

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Thanks for the review. Could you please post the input lag spec? If this is for games in daylight, that is the most important spec for me.

thank you

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