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The Epson Home Cinema 2250

Adding on to the EpiqVision announcement earlier in the week, Epson has revealed four new projectors that join their Home Cinema line—the 880, 1080, 2200, and 2250—and another new portable business projector, the VS260.

 

The new Home Cinema projectors are a collection of 1080p 3LCD projectors, all for $1,000 or less. The 2250 ($999) and 2200 ($899), which replace the Home Cinema 2150 and 2100 respectively, are Epson's first smart Home Cinema projectors, utilizing the Android TV interface. Through the Android TV store, you can download content apps such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO, and YouTube. The included remote can be used with the built-in Google Assistant for voice search capabilities on the apps.

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The Epson Home Cinema 2200

Both the 2250 and 2200 have 2,700 ISO 21118 lumens white brightness (a near ANSI equivalent) and equal color brightness as typically found in a three-chip projection system. A key difference is in their rated dynamic contrast, with the 2250 offering 60,000:1 vs. 35,000:1 found in the 2200. They both accept 4K signals, support a 21:9 aspect ratio, include a gamma uplift feature for gaming (which makes it easier to see dark areas of games), and they have image enhancement and frame interpolation features. The 2250 has a 1.6x zoom with a vertical lens shift of 45-60 percent, while the 2200 is a 1.2x zoom projector with no lens shift. Their 10W internal bass-reflex speaker system can be connected via Bluetooth.

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The Epson Home Cinema 1080

The Home Cinema 1080 ($749) and 880 ($599) replace the HC 1060 and HC 760HD (which offered only WXGA resolution). They have higher output than the 2000 series models at 3,400 and 3,300 lumens, respectively. Both are rated for up to 16,000:1 dynamic contrast. Each can display an image up to a 320-inch diagonal. The two main differences between the two are that the 1080 has two HDMI ports and a 1.2x zoom, while the 880 has one HDMI and a fixed-zoom lens, though both offer digital zoom and picture shift functions.

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The Epson Home Cinema 880

Alongside the new Home Cinema projectors, Epson is releasing a new 3LCD portable business projector, the VS260. It has a native XGA (1024x768) resolution and accepts up to 4K content for display, and provides 3,300 lumens of color and white brightness. To ease setup and placement, there's a 1.0-1.35 digital zoom and auto keystone correction with manual focus. Connections are kept simple with a single HDMI, D-sub 15 pin connector, and USB Type B port. The VS260 is available now for $369.

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The Epson VS260
 
Comments (10) Post a Comment
Victor Posted Oct 29, 2020 2:16 PM PST
It would of been nice see then being laser instead of bulb
Dustin Posted Oct 30, 2020 5:33 AM PST
Victor, go to the top of the article. The first sentence has a link. Click it. Those are the new laser projectors.
Kim Posted Oct 30, 2020 11:50 AM PST
So which ones are 3d capable?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Oct 30, 2020 12:53 PM PST
Kim Epson did not specifically cite 3D capabilities for any of these models in their release or promotional materials. But you'd have to check the spec sheet or manual of the 1080p models to confirm or rule that out.
GRM Posted Oct 30, 2020 4:26 PM PST
Looking at the manuals on Epson's website, 3D is only listed as a feature of the 2200/2250
SAL Posted Nov 2, 2020 10:47 AM PST
Hi, Do you know how the picture quality (color accuracy, contrast, black levels) of the 2200 model compares to the BenQ HT2050A? Also, do you have any information on the input lag of the 2200 model? Thanks!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 2, 2020 11:59 AM PST
Sorry, nothing to share here short of a direct comparison. Epson probably won't have the input lag listed in their specs, but they've tended to have lower lag than most competitors. We list 28 ms for the predecessor 2150/2100...
Lari Prichindel Posted Nov 6, 2020 2:46 PM PST
Hi there....will you have any information on the image quality?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 6, 2020 8:31 PM PST
Only when and if we get to reviewing any of these.
Mo_P Posted Nov 21, 2020 9:00 AM PST
(For Epson 880)

Probably not fair comparing Epson 880 to some other budget projectors, but if you're in the market for one, here's what I find with the 880. I'm sure the 2200 or the 2250 will produce "better" pictures, but I was more concerned about general entertainment for the entire family.

I recently bought the Epson 880 (Nov 3, 2020) $499. This is my first owned projector, so I didn't want to spend somewhere less than $500. I had bought two other budget projectors from Amazon just to compare because X brand projector ($278) claimed 7200 Lumens and Y brand ($230) claimed to have 16,000:1 contrast ratio.

The brightness of the Epson 880 is excellent. I had X brand projector on with "7200" lum and then turned on the 880 with ECO mode on. Even with the lamp slightly dimmed, Epson washed out the X brand.

As for the Y brand, the contrast of "16,000:1" it claimed is not even close to the Epson's 16,000:1. With the same picture, the black from Epson is superior. While the 880 may not be the best on the market, it was way better than anything you'll buy at Amazon.

For the image quality, I found the Epson 880 had enough adjustment settings to maintain focus throughout the screen (120" horizontal screen). Even with heavy keystone adjustments, I was able to focus the image to the point where none of my family noticed (i only noticed because I was the one adjusting it). I had the Epson and other projectors mounted on the ceiling, tried it on the ground, tried it off-angle to the side. Epson's digital E-zoom along with the horizontal lens tilt adjustments made all of those angles produce images that didn't compromise focus/clarity. If the E-zoom is used (less than 1:1 picture), just know that there is light produced outside the frame of the picture. And while the picture is square, the light will not be. So if that bothers you, positioning the projector properly would be the key. The extraneous light produced is black enough. I wasn't expecting some ridiculous contrast ratio to make it disappear, but when watching a movie, my family didn't notice the dim light that was produced outside the screen.

I compared the pixel focus of all three projectors and the 880 beat the other two out of the park. The pixels are crisp as opposed to the other ones that had "softened edges" no matter how much I tried to focus them. I looked at pixels at the middle of the screen and at the bottom corners. The other brands had very fuzzy pixels on the corners (when using keystone adjustments)

Refresh rate: I don't know what the refresh rate for the 880 is...is it 60Hz? What I know is that it's so much better than the budget projectors I bought. I tested with budget projectors first. I immediately noticed some choppy, or lag in the picture. I thought it was the video from the Amazon firestick I was testing (I put on some Cocomelon kids thing to keep kids entertained). So I put on other sources like from computer and DTV. But when I switched to the 880, it wasn't the source. Then I read the details from the budget projector sellers a little more and realized that they advertise that most budget 1080 projectors are capable of 30Hz, not 60Hz "thank you for understanding". I don't know why I even bothered.

All this to say that I'm happy with the 880 for general purpose use and that budget 1080 projectors from Amazon left me with lukewarm feeling of spending $250ish on something that would bother me eventually.

The number of inputs on the 880 didn't bother me as I use a receiver with multiple different inputs.

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