Opinion of Todd - Oct 25, 2013

Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector
HD 1080 (1920x1080), 2000 ANSI Lumens,
6.4 lbs, $699 (MSRP)

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by Todd - Oct 25, 2013
Image Quality 4.0
Features 3.0
Construction 4.0
Ease of Use 4.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
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Personal Experience
Purchased 2 weeks ago at Best Buy. I agree with the ProjectorCentral review in almost every regard. Great projector for the money. I have it in a dedicated, darkened home theater but this thing is very bright. It's my second projector and I'd say they've come a long way. Image is not as film-like as my last one, which was DLP, but is very good. (Due to my last Benq having color wheels break twice, I don't want single chip DLP any more.) Black levels could be better, but not bad. 3D with DIRECTV is good, but am looking forward to seeing how it looks with 3d blu-ray. I bought very inexpensive Samsung SSG-5100GB glasses for $19 each from amazon. THey're cheap, light, and they work well with this projector. Very happy with the 2 year warranty and the $99 replacement bulbs from Epson. On eco mode it's a little louder than I had hoped, but not so much that it is distracting while watching it.
I believe the image bows a little at the bottom when zoomed in all the way in (i.e., at the end of its magnification to minimize the throw distance for the image size). I've seen a post on another site about this problem and can see it on mine. Disappointing, but not a problem since I have a black border on my screen that hides it. I'd estimate that at my 96" diag screen size with nearly full magnification, the bowing is about 1 inch in the center (compared to the corners). Not sure if I should complain to Epson yet...may wait and see what others discover.