Epson has announced the Home Cinema 2350, a new member to the Home Cinema 2000-series projector line that includes ProjectorCentral 2021 Best of Year winner Home Cinema 2250. The new 2350 is available now for $1,299 (only $300 more than the 2250) and comes with some attractive updates, particularly for gamers.
To begin, the HC 2350 becomes Epson's least expensive projector to offer its well-proven 4K PRO-UHD pixel shifting and resolution enhancement technology, which combines a doubling of the projector's native 1080p pixel count with effective detail processing to provide near-4K image quality. As with all Epson projectors, this one offers a 3-chip LCD architecture that delivers equal white and color brightness along with immunity to rainbow artifacts that plague some single-chip projectors. The HC2350's ultra-high efficiency lamp produces 2,800 lumens (replacement lamps cost $65 on Epson's website). Dynamic contrast is rated at 35,000:1, and the projector can cast an image up to a 500-inch diagonal. The lens offers ±60 percent vertical shift for flexible placement on a table or shelf.
The projector supports HDR10, and of interest for gamers, it is capable of 120 Hz refresh rate at 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, with an input lag said to be under 20ms. Refresh rate for 4K signals is capped at 60 Hz, however, so it won't support 4K/120Hz gaming from the latest consoles. Unfortunately, 1080p 3D projection is also not supported.
However, the HC2350 does offer the Android TV streaming OS for access to apps including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max. There's a built-in 10W speaker, and the projector can be connected via Bluetooth to a compatible device. Only the audio from the Android TV OS can be played over Bluetooth, not from an HDMI- connected device.
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Epson's Home Cinema 2350 comes with a 2-year limited warranty and a 90-day lamp warranty, and two business day replacement with free shipping.